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21.12.01

Uganda's reforms attract foreign investments
Significant economic reform in Uganda over the last decade and a half has attracted foreign direct investment, mainly in manufacturing, and contributed to continued economic growth. This was one of the conclusions of a WTO Secretariat report that served as a basis for the members' review of Uganda's trade policies and practices held on 19 and 21 December 2001.
> Chairperson's concluding remarks
> Press release

21.12.01

Panel report out on automobile dispute
The WTO, on 21 December 2001, released the report of a panel (DS146/R — DS175/R) that examined complaints by the US and the EU over India's measures affecting the automotive sector.
> Download the Panel report in Word format (191 pages; 992KB) — in pdf format (191 pages; 592KB).
All documents on case DS146     > All documents on case DS175
> Report only DS146                     > Report only DS175
> More on Dispute Settlement

21.12.01

Second examination of the “dairy” case implementation
The Dispute Settlement Body, on 18 December 2001, referred for the second time to the original panel complaints by the US and New Zealand regarding Canada's implementation of DSB recommendations in the “dairy” case.
> Summary of the meeting

20.12.01

Moore outlines successes of 2001, roadmap for 2002
Director-General Mike Moore, in his end-of-year message to Member Governments on 20 December 2001, said collective efforts toward the success of the 4th Ministerial and the immediate launching of preparations for the Doha Development Agenda, including the approval of an increased budget, have made 2001 “a most rewarding year”.
> Press release
> Background: WTO's 2-year strategy comes to fruition (Download in MS Word format 9 pages; 51 KB).

20.12.01 Germany contributes DM 1 million to WTO technical assistance
The German government is donating DM 1 million to the WTO Technical Assistance Fund. To this effect, Ambassador Walter Lewalter of Germany and WTO Director-General Mike Moore signed, on 19 December 2001, an arrangement.
> Press release
19.12.01 New Appellate Body members sworn in
Three new members of the WTO Appellate Body — Messrs. Luiz Olavo Baptista (Brazil), John S. Lockhart (Australia) and Giorgio Sacerdoti (Italy) — were sworn in on 19 December 2001. Director-General Mike Moore said their appointments are “a testament to the ongoing success and vibrancy of the WTO dispute settlement system”.
> Press release
18.12.01 First WTO course for Commonwealth countries ends
The first WTO course for trade officials from Commonwealth countries without permanent representation in Geneva ended on 14 December 2001.
> Press release
14.12.01 Moore offers condolences to people of India
Director-General Mike Moore, on 14 December 2001, offered his condolences to the people of India following the attack yesterday on Parliament House in which terrorists killed seven people.
> Press release
14.12.01

WTO Secretariat reorganizes for Development Round
Director-General Mike Moore, in a speech on 14 December 2001 said, “WTO has been given an important new negotiating mandate by Ministers”

11.12.01

China becomes 143rd WTO member
China became the 143rd member of the WTO on 11 December 2001, 30 days after it had notified the Director-General that it had completed domestic ratification of its accession package.
> Press release

06.12.01 Panel to examine lumber dispute
The Dispute Settlement Body, on 5 December 2001, established a panel on “US' preliminary determinations with respect to certain softwood lumber from Canada”.
> Summary of the meeting
05.12.01 WTO impressed with Malaysia's rapid growth
WTO members, at the conclusion of their review of Malaysia's trade policies and practices on 5 December 2001, welcomed Malaysia's rapid growth and its remarkably quick recovery from the 1997 Asian financial crisis. They encouraged the country to further liberalize and diversify its economy.
> Chairperson's concluding remarks
Press release
03.12.01 Appellate Body report out on dairy products dispute
The WTO, on 3 December 2001, issued the Appellate Body report regarding compliance in “Canada — Measures affecting the importation of milk and the exportation of dairy products” (DS103/AB/RW — DS113/AB/RW), complaint by New Zealand and the United States.
> Download the
Appellate Body report: in Word format (39 pages; 168KB) — in pdf format (39 pages; 104KB)
All documents on case DS103     > All documents on case DS113
> Reports only
> More on Dispute Settlement
03.12.01 18th WTO trade policy course concludes
Thirty trade officials from developing countries completed on 30 November 2001 the 18th WTO trade policy course. Deputy Director-General Paul-Henri Ravier underlined the unique opportunity to be trained at a critical moment of the Organization's life - during the intense preparation leading to the adoption of the Doha Development Agenda.
> Press release
30.11.01

Mexico offers to host next Ministerial Conference
The WTO General Council’s deliberations on when and where to hold the Fifth Ministerial Conference has kicked off with a formal offer from Mexico, circulated on 28 November 2001.
> News item

28.11.01

Doha success marks a turning-point for the world trading system — Moore
Director-General Mike Moore, in a speech before the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council in Hong Kong, China on 28 November 2001, said the Doha Ministerial was “an extraordinarily successful meeting ... that will be remembered as a turning point in the history of the WTO and the trading system and in relations between developed and developing countries within that system”.

27.11.01

WTO Members report on anti-dumping activity
The WTO Secretariat reported that in the period 1 January — 30 June 2001, 18 Members initiated 134 anti-dumping investigations against exports from a total of 41 different countries or customs territories.
> Press release

23.11.01 Moore meets with agencies on technical assistance
Director-General Mike Moore, on 23 November 2001, convened a meeting of representatives of the IMF, the International Trade Centre, UNCTAD and the World Bank to discuss inter-agency cooperation in the light of commitments on technical assistance and capacity-building emerging from the Doha Ministerial Conference.
> Press release
23.11.01 WTO commends Slovakia's “impressive progress”
WTO members, at the conclusion of their review of the Slovak Republic's trade policies and practices on 23 November 2001, commended the country's “impressive progress in transforming to a market economy with trade and investment liberalization as major features of this process”.
> Chairperson's concluding remarks                > Press release
23.11.01 DSB adopts Appellate Body reports on shrimp and corn syrup
The Dispute Settlement Body, on 21 November 2001, adopted Appellate Body reports regarding, respectively, United States' import prohibition of certain shrimp and shrimp products, and Mexico's anti-dumping investigation of high fructose corn syrup from the US.
> Summary of meeting
23.11.01

Sweden gives CHF 1.2m to help least-developed countries
Sweden has donated 8 million Swedish Krona (1.2 million Swiss francs) to help developing countries — and the least developed in particular — improve their ability to negotiate in the WTO and to implement WTO agreements.
> Press release

21.11.01 WTO launches Joint Consultative Board for training activities
Director-General Mike Moore, at the inaugural session of the Joint Consultative Board for WTO-related training on 21 November 2001, said that by improving training for developing countries in cooperation with other agencies “we are already implementing the Doha decisions on building capacity in a coherent manner”.
> Press release
14.11.01

Conference ends with agreement on new programme
Ministers from WTO member governments approved a work programme — which they called “broad and balanced” — that includes negotiations on a range of subjects and other tasks for the coming years.
> Summary of 14 November meetings                > Press release

13.11.01 Ministers head for long night of negotiations
As the end of the Fourth Ministerial Conference approached, ministers embarked on a final evening of consultations on the latest versions of the draft declarations and decisions, on 13 November.
> Summary of 13 November meetings
12.11.01

Chinese Taipei signs, ministers make progress on intellectual property
Chinese Taipei signed its membership package on 12 November, while in informal meetings, ministers made considerable progress on the draft declaration on intellectual property and health problems.
> Summary of 12 November meetings

11.11.01

China to join on 11 December, Chinese Taipei's membership also approved
China has notified the WTO that it has ratified its membership and will now become a full member, the WTO's 143rd, on 11 December 2001. Ministers also approved Chinese Taipei's membership package, which will be signed 12 November.
> Summary of 11 November meetings

11.11.01 Agencies to boost developing countries' participation in setting food safety and related norms
At the WTO Ministerial Conference in Doha, Qatar, five international organizations have issued a joint statement committing themselves to help developing countries participate more fully in setting international norms for sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures — food safety and animal and plant health.
> Press release
11.11.01

WTO Ministerial Conference approves accession of Chinese Taipei
The WTO's Ministerial Conference approved today, 11 November, by consensus the text of the agreement for Chinese Taipei's entry into the WTO.
> Press release

10.11.01

Ministers start on Doha Declaration, China approved
Ministers, on 10 November, began negotiating in earnest various sections of the Doha Ministerial Declaration. They also formally approved China's membership.
> Summary of 10 November meetings

10.11.01

WTO Ministerial Conference approves China's accession
The WTO's Ministerial Conference approved today (10 November) by consensus the text of the agreement for China's entry into the WTO.
> Press release

09.11.01

Award of the abritrator on U.S. — Section 110(5) of the US Copyright Act
The WTO, on 9 November 2001, issued an award of the abritrator on U.S. — Section 110(5) Of the US Copyright Act, (Dispute Settlement DS160/ARB25/1).

09.11.01

World economy needs signal of confidence from Doha — Moore
Director-General Mike Moore, at the opening of the WTO Fourth Ministerial Conference on 9 November 2001 in Doha, Qatar, said “the world economy needs the signal of confidence in open markets and commitment to international cooperation which agreements here will deliver”.
> Text of Mr. Moore's speech

09.11.01

Broad negotiations agenda needed for weak world economy — Moore
WTO Director-General Mike Moore, in his latest annual report on developments in the international trading environment released on 9 November 2001, says Ministers attending the 4th WTO Ministerial Conference in Doha, 9-13 November 2001 urgently need to initiate a broad agenda of negotiations.
> Press release

07.11.01 DSB adopts reports on Pakistan-US textile dispute
The WTO Dispute Settlement Body, on 5 November 2001, adopted the report of the Appellate Body on the dispute “United States — Transitional safeguard measure on combed cotton yarn from Pakistan” and the report of the panel.
> Summary of the meeting
06.11.01 Mauritius' sustained growth impresses WTO
WTO members, at the conclusion of their review of Mauritius' trade policies and practices on 5 November 2001, commended the country's sustained economic growth over the past two decades. They encouraged the country to continue to further liberalize and diversify its economy.
> Chairperson's concluding remarks
> Press release
02.11.01 SPS Committee looks at equivalence, transparency, diseases and GMOs
The SPS Committee, meeting 31 October and 1 November, embarked on work under its new decision on equivalence and discussed transparency. Among the specific issues also raised were foot and mouth disease, BSE and genetically modified organisms.
> More
29.10.01 Panel issues report on line pipe dispute
The WTO, on 29 October 2001, issued the report of a panel that had examined Korea's complaint against US' definitive safeguard measures on imports of circular welded carbon quality line pipe from Korea (DS202/R).
28.10.01

Moore says draft texts form solid basis for Ministerial negotiations
Director-General Mike Moore, on 28 October 2001, said that draft texts released this weekend form the basis for constructive negotiations by Ministers when they meet for the WTO's 4th Ministerial Conference in Doha, Qatar, 9-13 November.
> Press release

25.10.01

Food safety and health implementation: ‘equivalence’ decision OK'd
WTO members have settled one “implementation” issue by approving a decision on recognizing the equivalence of different food safety and animal and plant health measures. The decision was approved by the WTO’s Committee on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS) on 24 October 2001.
> More

25.10.01 World trade slows sharply in 2001 — WTO report
Growth in world merchandise trade is expected to slow in volume terms to only 2% this year as compared with 12% in 2000, according to International Trade Statistics, 2001 published on 25 October 2001 by the WTO. The report says developing countries contributed to the vigorous expansion of world trade and output last year.
> Press release
> Download tables in pdf or Microsoft Excel format
22.10.01 Appellate Body reports out on shrimp and corn syrup disputes
The WTO, on 22 October 2001, issued Appellate Body reports regarding compliance in, respectively, “US — Import Prohibition of Certain Shrimp and Shrimp Products”, complaint by Malaysia, (DS58/AB/RW) and “Mexico — Anti-dumping Investigation of High-Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) from the United States”, (DS132/AB/RW).
22.10.01

“We're going ahead with the Doha Ministerial” — Moore
After two days of meeting with Qatari officials in Doha, Director-General Mike Moore, on 22 October 2001, issued the following statement regarding plans for holding the WTO's 4th Ministerial Conference in Doha from 9-13 November: “We are going ahead. I am confident with the planning and preparations here in Doha. If something seismic or catastrophic happens we will reconsider. But we're planning to come here to Doha in just over two weeks time”.

19.10.01

WTO applauds Czech success story
WTO members, at the conclusion of their review of the Czech Republic's trade policies and practices on 19 October 2001, congratulated the country for the successful transformation of the economy and encouraged it to continue liberalization efforts. Questions were raised about the tariff structure. 
> Chairperson's concluding remarks 
> Press release

18.10.01 Working Party set to examine ACP-EC Partnership Agreement
The Council for Trade in Goods, on 17 October 2001, agreed on the terms of reference and appointed the chair of a Working Party that will examine a request by the ACP countries and the EC for a WTO waiver on their new Partnership Agreement.
> Summary of the meeting
17.10.01 EC reports on banana case implementation
The Dispute Settlement Body, on 15 October 2001, heard a status report from the European Communities on implementation in the banana case.
> Summary of meeting
10.10.01

World economy needs a boost from Doha — Moore
Director-General Mike Moore, in a speech on 9 October 2001 before the Foreign Affairs Commission of the French National Assembly in Paris, stressed that “the state of the world economy demands that we use the Ministerial Conference as an opportunity to boost global confidence”.

09.10.01

Members discuss drafts for ministerial declaration on patents and health
Two drafts for a ministerial declaration on intellectual property and publich health issues — now available unrestricted — were discussed in the second TRIPS Council meeting on access to medicines.
> Story

08.10.01 Report released on textile dispute
The WTO Appellate Body, on 8 October 2001, issued its report on the case “United States — Transitional safeguard measure on combed cotton yarn from Pakistan”.
05.10.01

Moore lauds opening of legal aid centre for developing WTO members
WTO Director-General Mike Moore, in a speech at the opening of the Advisory Centre for WTO Law on 5 October 2001, said it marked “the first time a true legal aid centre has been established within the international legal system, with a view to combating the unequal possibilities of access to international justice as between States”.

28.09.01 Panel report out on Argentina's anti-dumping measures on floor tiles
The WTO, on 28 September 2001, issued a panel report on the European Communities' complaint against Argentina's definitive anti-dumping measures on imports of ceramic floor tiles from Italy (Dispute Settlement DS189).
28.09.01

Agriculture Committee settles three implementation issues
The Agriculture Committee on 27 September 2001 agreed on three “implementation” issues that are part of the preparation for the Doha Ministerial Conference: export credits and insurance; the decision on net food-importing developing countries; and tariff quotas.
> Story

27.09.01 Moore praises draft texts, urges WTO governments to move forward
Director-General Mike Moore, on 27 September 2001, described two draft negotiating documents produced by General Council Chairman Stuart Harbinson (Hong Kong, China) and himself as a basis for reaching consensus on an important future work programme for the 142 WTO Member Governments. He said these two documents have improved the chances for agreement among Ministers when they meet at the WTO's 4th Ministerial Conference in Doha, Qatar from 9-13 November.
> Press release
27.09.01 Solution found in “apples” case between Japan and US
Japan and the United States presented to the WTO Dispute Settlement Body on 25 September 2001 their mutually agreed solution in the “Japan — Measures affecting agricultural products” case.
> Summary of the meeting
26.09.01

Moore and Qatar's Min. Kamal reaffirm commitment to a successful Doha outcome
Mr. Yousef Hussain Kamal, Minister of Finance, Economy and Commerce of Qatar, and WTO Director-General Mike Moore reaffirmed, on 26 September 2001, their commitment to move ahead with the preparations for the 4th Ministerial Conference in Doha, Qatar, from 9 to 13 November.
> Press release

25.09.01 WTO appoints new Appellate Body members
The WTO's Dispute Settlement Body (DSB), on 25 September 2001, appointed the following persons to serve in Appellate Body for four years: Mr Luiz Olavo Baptista of Brazil, Mr John S Lockhart of Australia, and Mr Giorgio Sacerdoti of the European Communities. > Press release
25.09.01

Moore urges African support for new Round
WTO Director-General Mike Moore, in a speech at the 4th Ordinary Session of the OAU/AEC Conference of African Ministers of Trade on 22 September 2001 in Abuja, Nigeria, urged support for the launching of a new Round in Doha with “development” at its core. He cited a study estimating a $155 billion gain for developing countries from further trade liberalization, which is over three times what they get annually in aid.

24.09.01

WTO publishes Guide to the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS)
This Guide prepared by specialists of the WTO Secretariat provides an assessment of recent developments in major sectors of services trade and examines issues governments will confront as they pursue liberalization of services trade.
> News item

20.09.01

WTO to consider first draft of Doha Declaration soon
Chairman Stuart Harbinson told an informal meeting of the WTO General Council on 20 September 2001 that based on his and Director-General Mike Moore's intensive meetings with members he intended “to circulate a draft text of a Ministerial Declaration for your consideration by the end of next week”. In extending their sympathies to the US delegation, the Chairman and the Director-General expressed “shock, sadness and outrage” at the 11 September attacks in the United States.
> Director-General's remarks          > Chairman's speaking points

18.09.01

Chinese Taipei's membership deal struck
Chinese Taipei has reached agreement with WTO members on its membership application on 18 September, paving the way for formal adoption at the WTO Ministerial Conference in Doha in November and full membership 30 days after the deal has been ratified in the customs territory.
> Press release

18.09.01

Officials start new trade policy course
Government officials from 30 countries and customs territories began, on 17 September 2001 the 18th WTO trade policy course. By 30th November, they will have become more acquainted with the WTO through lectures, round-table discussions and simulated negotiations.
> Press release

17.09.01

WTO successfully concludes negotiations on China's entry
The WTO, on 17 September 2001, successfully concluded negotiations on China's terms of membership, paving the way for the text of the agreement to be adopted formally at the WTO Ministerial Conference in Doha, Qatar, in November. “With China's membership, the WTO will take a major step towards becoming a truly world organization,” Director-General Mike Moore said.
> Press release                    > China's statement

17.09.01

WTO reviews US trade policies
The Chairperson, at the conclusion of the sixth review of US' trade policies and practices on 17 September 2001, said that world trade cooperation as condition for the well-being of, and peaceful relations among nations is an “important consideration at a time when global economic difficulties and the recent terrorist attacks loom large in our minds”.
> Chairman's concluding remarks (download in Word format, 2 pages; 34 KB)
> Press release

14.09.01

Director General Moore hails China breakthrough
“This evening, Friday 14 September 2001, the Working Party on China's accession has concluded its work apart from some technical details on which rapid progress is also underway. I fully expect the Working Party on Monday to make its formal recommendation to ministers, setting the stage for their approval at our Ministerial Conference in Doha this November. Negotiators from the Member Governments have worked around the clock and the results speak for themselves. We are very close to bringing China into the multilateral trading system.”

14.09.01

“Geneva Week” focuses on preparations for Doha
Director-General Mike Moore, at the conclusion of the 3rd “Geneva Week” for non-resident WTO members and observers on 14 september 2001, called on delegates to participate actively in the final preparations for the WTO Ministerial Conference in Doha, Qatar.
> Press release

13.09.01 Moore opens 3rd Geneva Week for non-resident members
Director-General Mike Moore in a speech on 10 September 2001 opening the Third Geneva Week for WTO members and observers without offices in Geneva said that he is forming an internal secretariat task-force on small economies.
11.09.01 Four panels to examine complaints against US measures
The WTO Dispute Settlement Body, on 10 September 2001, established four panels to examine complaints against US trade measures.
> Summary of the meeting
10.09.01

Moore urges completion of work on China and Chinese Taipei accessions
Director-General Mike Moore, on 10 September 2001, urged WTO member governments involved in Working Parties on the accession of China and Chinese Taipei to resolve this week all outstanding issues on the accessions so that both can join the organization at the earliest possible date.
> Press release

31.08.01

WTO arbitrator issues award in leather dispute 
A WTO arbitrator, in an award issued on 31 August 2001, has determined that the reasonable period of time for Argentina to comply with the recommendations and rulings of the Dispute Settlement Body regarding its “hides and leather” dispute with the European Communities is 12 months and 12 days.

24.08.01

DSB establishes panel on “Byrd Amendment”
The WTO Dispute Settlement Body (DSB), on 23 August 2001, considered six panel requests, two of which were agreed, including one on the US Continued Dumping and Subsidy Offset Act of 2000 (“Byrd Amendment”). 
> Summary of the meeting

20.08.01

Panel report out on US' compliance in Foreign Sales Corporation case
The WTO, on 20 August 2001, issued a panel report on the United States' implementation measures in the case “US Tax Treatment for Foreign Sales Corporations” (DS108). The European Communities had requested this review of implementation. 

13.08.01

647 non-governmental organizations eligible to attend the Doha Ministerial
The Director-General of the World Trade Organization, Mr. Mike Moore, today sent letters to 647 non-governmental organizations confirming their eligibility to attend the 4th WTO Ministerial Conference in Doha, Qatar, in November. The NGOs have until 17 September to complete and return their registration forms to the WTO Secretariat.  
> Press release

06.08.01 Panel ruling related to trademarks, trade names, and commercial names released
The panel report on United States — Section 211 omnibus appropriations Act of 1998 (DS176), regarding a complaint by the European Communities, was released on 06 August 2001.
01.08.01

Moore hails implementation breakthrough
Director-General Mike Moore, on 1 August 2001, hailed agreement to approve long-standing requests from eight developing countries to extend the grace period for complying with the WTO Agreement on Trade-Related Investment Measures.
> Press release

30.07.01

WTO's future as negotiating forum at stake in Doha — Moore
Director-General Mike Moore, in a statement on 30 July 2001 at the WTO General Council's informal meeting on preparations for the Doha Ministerial, warned that failure by members to reach agreement on a forward work programme “would lead many to question the value of the WTO as a forum for negotiation”. He urged that “long-held positions must be reviewed and reconciled so we can make a start on a negotiating agenda that will benefit all our peoples”.
> Director-General's statement

27.07.01 Deputy DG underlines development benefits of new Round
WTO Deputy Director-General Ablassé Ouedraogo, in a speech at the Least-Developed Countries' Ministerial Meeting in preparation for the WTO Ministerial Conference on 24 July 2001 in Zanzibar, said a new Round “will boost growth and help provide the means to reduce poverty (and) ... will certainly offer an opportunity to address the concerns of developing countries about implementing the existing commitments”.
27.07.01 Nine members request panel on US “Continued Dumping and Subsidy Offset Act”
At the Dispute Settlement Body meeting on 24 July 2001, nine members requested together the establishment of a panel to examine the United States' “Continued Dumping and Subsidy Offset Act of 2000” also known as the “Byrd Amendment”. The US blocked this first request.
> Summary of the meeting
26.07.01

WTO expands to 142 members
Moldova officially became the 142nd member of the WTO on 26 July 2001--30 days after it notified the organization that it had completed domestic ratification procedures. The WTO General Council approved the country's accession package last May.

26.07.01 Second panel report on Brazil's compliance in aircraft case
The WTO, on 26 July 2001, issued a panel report on Brazil's implementation measures in the case “Export Financing Programme for Aircraft” (DS46). This is the second time Canada had requested a review of implementation by Brazil.
24.07.01 Hot-rolled steel appellate ruling released
The Appellate Body report on anti-dumping measures on certain hot-rolled steel products from Japan (DS184), regarding a complaint by Japan against the United States, was released on 24 July 2001.
23.07.01

Moore hails G-8 pledges on development and poverty alleviation
WTO Director-General Mike Moore, on 23 July 2001, praised leaders from the Group of Eight nations for stepping up their efforts towards the alleviation of poverty and the promotion of economic growth in developing countries.
> Press release

23.07.01

WTO set to wrap up China talks in September
The Chairman of the WTO Working Party on China, Amb. Pierre-Louis Girard (Switzerland), on 20 July 2001 said the latest meeting had “allowed us to virtually complete our consideration and approval of all aspects of China's accession package”. The final session of the Working Party was set for the week of 10 September 2001.
> Chairman's summing-up                    > China's statement

23.07.01

General Council holds special session on implementation
The Chairman, Mr. Stuart Harbinson (Hong Kong, China), gave a report on 20 July 2001, on consultations he and Director-General Mike Moore had been conducting on outstanding implementation-related issues and concerns.

20.07.01

WTO commends Cameroon's continuing reform efforts
WTO members, at their second review of Cameroon's trade policies on 18 and 20 July 2001, congratulated the government for its continuing efforts to liberalize and further develop the economy. They recognized the country's need for technical assistance to enable it to fulfill its WTO obligations.
> Chairman's concluding remarks (download in Word format, 2 pages; 33 KB)
> Press release

17.07.01

New Round can deal with barriers to African exports — Moore
Director-General Mike Moore, in a speech on 16 July 2001 at the ECOSOC's High-Level Policy Dialogue in Geneva, said that “a new Round with development at its core” can deal with current barriers to Africa's exports.

16.07.01

17th WTO trade policy course concludes
Twenty-seven trade officials, mostly from least-developed countries, on 13 July 2001 completed the 17th WTO trade policy course. Deputy Director-General Paul-Henri Ravier underlined the unique learning experience the WTO course gives to participants.
> Press release

13.07.01

SPS Committee discusses foot and mouth disease, BSE and equivalence
With its foot and mouth disease crisis now easing, the EU pressed fellow WTO members to tailor their trade measures more closely to science and international standards, in the 10-11 July 2001 meeting of the Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures Committee. Also discussed were other specific issues such as “mad cow disease” (BSE), and “equivalence” of sanitary and phytosanitary measures, part of the General Council’s discussion on implementing the current WTO agreements.
> News story

12.07.01

Agriculture Committee discusses ‘Peace Clause’ data, a proposed food safety-net fund, and 69 notifications
The EU and US provided the regular meeting of the Agriculture Committee, 28-29 June 2001, with some data — related to the so-called Peace Clause — on their domestic support in 1992, in response to a question from Argentina. Also discussed were a proposed $1.4 billion fund to act as a food security safety net for poorer countries, agricultural export credit disciplines, and 69 notifications.
> News item

11.07.01

Panel rules on Canada's compliance in the “dairy” case
The panel set up to consider whether Canada had correctly implemented an earlier ruling in the dispute concerning Canada's measures affecting the importation of milk and the exportation of dairy products (DS103/113) issued, on 11 July 2001, its report in response to a complaint from the United States and New Zealand.

09.07.01

WTO body holds information session with environmental agencies
The Committee on Trade and Environment, on 27-28 June 2001, held an information session with UNEP and multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) on compliance and dispute settlement in the WTO and MEAs.
> Trade and environment bulletin No. 36

06.07.01

Moore calls for “civilized discourse” with NGOs
Director-General Mike Moore, in a speech on 6 July 2001 opening the first WTO Symposium on Issues Confronting the World Trading System said “civilized discourse” with NGOs will help the WTO do a better job. He said such gatherings with NGOs and civil society should become a regular feature of WTO activities.

05.07.01

Moore appoints advisory panel on WTO affairs
WTO Director-General Mike Moore announced, on 5 July 2001, the appointment of a panel of experts which will advise him on the challenges and opportunities confronting the organization and the global trading system.
> Press release

05.07.01

Development argument for new Round “compelling” — Moore
Director-General Mike Moore, in a speech on 5 July 2001 at Winconference 2001 in Interlaken, Switzerland, stressed that “poor countries need to grow their way out of poverty” and that broad negotiations could deal with many obstacles facing their products in rich countries, including high tariffs in agriculture, textiles, clothing and leather.

04.07.01

Moore welcomes progress on China accession to the WTO
Director-General Mike Moore, on 4 July 2001, said the progress made by the Working Party on China's accession during the week has improved the prospects for a decision on China's entry this November at the 4th Ministerial Conference in Doha, Qatar.
> Press release    > Chairman's summing up    > China's statement

04.07.01

Korea announces contribution to WTO technical assistance
Korea's Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Dr. Seung-soo Han, and Director-General Mike Moore, on 4 July 2001, signed a Memorandum of Understanding concerning Korea's voluntary contribution of 385 million Korean Won (about 500,000 Swiss Francs) to WTO's technical cooperation activities in favour of least-developed countries.
> Press release

29.06.01

Panel ruling related to lumber issue released
The panel report on US' measures treating export restraints as subsidies (DS194) (relating to lumber issue), regarding a complaint by Canada, was released on 29 June 2001.

29.06.01

WTO lauds Gabon's trade integration efforts
WTO members, after reviewing Gabon's trade policies on 26 and 28 June 2001, lauded the country's efforts to integrate itself more fully into the multilateral trading system and the progress achieved in economic diversification, privatization and investments.
> Chairman's concluding remarks (download in Word format, 2 pages; 32 KB,)
> Press release

25.06.01

WTO members to press on, following ‘rich debate’ on medicines
WTO member governments have agreed to examine in greater detail the issues raised in their first special discussion on Intellectual Property and Access to Medicines on 20 June 2001, a meeting that the chairperson, Ambassador Boniface Chidyausiku of Zimbabwe described as “rich”.
> 22 June 2001 press release              > More on the meeting

22.06.01

DSB establishes two panels
The WTO Dispute Settlement Body (DSB), on 20 June 2001, agreed to establish two panels: on anti-dumping measures by Egypt on steel coming from Turkey, and on taxes imposed by Peru on Chilean cigarettes.
> Go to summary of the meeting

22.06.01

Governments share interpretations on TRIPS and public health
Unusually frank and detailed interpretations of the WTO’s intellectual property agreement characterized the 20 June 2001 discussion on “Intellectual Property and Access to medicines” in WTO’s Council on Trade-related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS).
> Summary of discussion

22.06.01 Panel report out on Mexico corn syrup case
The original panel, in a report (DS132/RW) released on 22 June 2001, has concluded that Mexico had failed to implement its recommendations regarding the country's anti-dumping investigation of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) from the United States.
21.06.01

Moore welcomes China-EU agreement on Chinese accession to WTO
Director-General Mike Moore, on 21 June 2001, praised Chinese and EU negotiators for reaching agreement on unresolved bilateral issues concerning China's accession to the WTO.
> Press release

20.06.01

Moore: countries must feel secure that they can use TRIPS’ flexibility
WTO Director-General Mike Moore says the special discussion on “Intellectual Property and Access to Medicines” should reinforce countries’ confidence in their right to use the flexibility written into the WTO Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights. He was commenting on the 20 June 2001 session of the WTO’s TRIPS Council.
> Statement                           > More on the discussion

20.06.01

WTO chief announces Arab region strategy ahead of Doha conference
The WTO is preparing a strategy for the Arab region, to raise awareness, improve information flows, help Arab delegations in Geneva, and prepare Arab countries for a new trade round that could potentially be launched at the forthcoming Ministerial Conference in Doha, Director-General Mike Moore announced on 20 June 2001.
> Speech

15.06.01

Dispute: compliance panel rules on whether US has implemented “shrimp-turtle” decision
The panel set up to consider whether the US has correctly implemented an earlier ruling in the “shrimp-turtle” dispute (DS58) has issued its report in response to a complaint from Malaysia.
> Download compliance panel report (DS58/RW), Appellate Body (DS58/AB/R) and panel reports (DS58/R)
> Read background explanation of the “shrimp-turtle” case

15.06.01

TRIPS: new WIPO-WTO initiative to help world’s poorest countries
The heads of the World Intellectual Property Organization and WTO launched, on 14 June 2001, a new initiative to help least-developed countries in intellectual property issues, including their obligation to comply with the WTO’s TRIPS Agreement by 2006.
> Press release

12.06.01

Moore welcomes China-US agreement on Chinese accession
World Trade Organization Director-General Mike Moore has welcomed the announcement in Shanghai that China and the US have agreed on the Chinese accession to the WTO.
> Press release

08.06.01

Moore calls on Parliamentarians to support new Round
WTO Director-General Mike Moore, in a speech at Inter-Parliamentary Union's first meeting on international trade on 8 June 2001 in Geneva, warned that failure to launch a new Round this year “could jeopardize the multilateral trading system itself” and that “the biggest losers would be the poor and the weak”.
> Press release

07.06.01

East Caribbean states praised for openness despite resource constraints
Countries in the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States have accomplished much through openness and well-functioning institutions, fellow-WTO members say, but more can be done to liberalize trade in goods and services, and they need more technical assistance to help them participate in the trading system.
> Chairperson’s remarks at the end of the
review of the group’s trade policies
> Press release

31.05.01

WTO membership rises to 141
Lithuania, on 31 May 2001, officially joined the WTO, raising the organization's membership to 141. The country became a member 30 days after it had notified the WTO that it had completed domestic procedures on its accession.

31.05.01

Report out on US’ safeguard measure on cotton yarn
The panel report on cotton yarn (DS192), regarding a complaint by Pakistan against the United States, was released on 31 May 2001.

30.05.01

WTO congratulates Brunei Darussalam on liberal trade regime
WTO members congratulated Brunei Darussalam on maintaining a relatively open trade and investment regime during their first review of the country's trade policies on 28 and 30 May 2001. They suggested that further trade liberalization could help efforts to diversify the economy.
> The Chairperson's concluding remarks
> Press release

30.05.01

Final report released of WHO-WTO Secretariats’ workshop on drug pricing
The final report of the 8-11 April 2001 joint WTO/WHO/Norwegian Foreign Ministry/Global Health Council workshop on differential pricing and essential drugs financing was released on 30 May. While the workshop was not set up to seek agreed solutions, participants generally felt that differential pricing could be important while allowing the patent system to continue to play a role, and that healthcare in poor countries would still need a major financing effort as well.
> Read news story
> Download final report

29.05.01

“Lamb” reports adopted
The WTO Dispute Settlement Body, on 16 May 2001, adopted reports about complaints by New Zealand and Australia on US' safeguard measures on lamb meat.
> Informal summary of meeting

23.05.01

WTO Secretariat releases 2001 Annual report
Global trade and output growth in 2000 were the strongest in more than a decade, according to WTO Annual report 2001 published on 23 May 2001. However, a deceleration of economic growth began in the final quarter of 2000, clouding trade prospects for 2001.
> Press release

18.05.01

WTO symposium to focus on issues confronting the world trading system
The WTO will be the venue of a symposium on critical issues confronting the world trading system on 6 and 7 July 2001. Representatives from governments, non-governmental organizations, the media and members of the academic community are invited to participate.
> Press release
> Outline and programme
> Registration form

18.05.01

Moore hails spirit of co-operation among ministers for Doha success
Director-General Mike Moore, on 18 May 2001, praised efforts by ministers meeting in various forums during the week to narrow their differences and work toward ensuring a successful outcome to the WTO Ministerial Conference in Doha, Qatar this November.
> Press release

17.05.01

New Round is surest way to prevent further LDC marginalization — Moore
Director-General Mike Moore, in a speech on 17 May 2001 in Brussels at the Third UN Conference on Least Developed Countries, said the WTO is “delivering” on assistance to the poorest countries, including significant market-access improvements for their exports. But better than a piecemeal approach, he said, would be to launch a new Round this year, which would be “the surest way to prevent further marginalization of LDCs from the world economy”.

15.05.01

Summary report of essential drug pricing workshop released
The executive summary of the 8-11 April 2001 joint WTO-WHO-Norwegian Foreign Ministry-Global Health Council workshop on differential pricing and essential drugs financing was released on 15 May. While the workshop was not set up to seek agreed solutions, participants generally felt that differential pricing could be important while allowing the patent system to continue to play a role, and that healthcare in poor countries would still need a major financing effort as well.
> Summary report

14.05.01

Wealthy nations and agencies must step up efforts to help the “poorest of the poor” — Moore
Director-General Mike Moore, on 14 May 2001 at the Third UN Conference on Least-Developed Countries in Brussels, called on wealthy nations and international organizations to step up their efforts to help the “poorest of the poor”. He said the LDCs “represent the weakest segment of the international community and their social and economic development is a major challenge for all of us”.
> Press release

11.05.01

Costa Rica: liberal trade regime underlying positive economic performance
WTO members, at the conclusion of their trade policy review of Costa Rica on 11 May 2001, were favourably impressed by Costa Rica's good economic performance in recent years owing, among other factors, to its generally liberal trade regime and open investment environment.
> Press release
> The Chairperson's concluding remarks

11.05.01

WTO Secretariat organizes workshop on technical assistance in trade facilitation
WTO delegations and experts from international agencies, governments and the private sector discussed technical assistance and capacity building in trade facilitation in a workshop organized by the WTO Secretariat, 10-11 May 2001 in Geneva.
> Go to the Director-General's opening speech
> Go to the programme (Download in Word format 2 pages;39 KB)
> Guide to downloading files.

08.05.01

Spain helps fund WTO course for Latin American officials
Director-General Mike Moore, on 9 May 2001, welcomed Spain's contribution of 100,000 euros to a WTO trade policy course in September for Latin-American trade officials as particularly timely as members prepare for the Doha Ministerial.
> Press release

08.05.01

Positive signs for Round launch in Doha — Moore
Director-General Mike Moore, in a speech on 5 May 2001 in Geneva at the conference on the role of the WTO in global governance, said “the building blocks of new round are almost in place”. He said “the missing ingredient is the political will from members to compromise” although he detected “many positive signs” of new flexibility.

08.05.01

General Council approves accession of Moldova
The WTO General Council, on 8 May 2001, approved the accession package of Moldova to the WTO. Director-General Mike Moore said WTO membership “will boost growth and investment and benefit all Moldovans”.
> Press release

02.05.01

WTO Secretariat organizes workshop on technical assistance in trade facilitation
WTO delegations and experts from international agencies, governments and the private sector will be discussing technical assistance and capacity building in trade facilitation in a workshop being organized by the WTO Secretariat for 10-11 May 2001 in Geneva.
> Go to the programme (Download in Word format 2 pages;39 KB)

01.05.01

“Lamb” appellate ruling released
The Appellate Body report on imports of lamb (DS177 & DS178), regarding complaints by Australia and New Zealand against the United States, was released on 1 May 2001.

01.05.01

WTO's development-related projects now open to private contributions
The WTO is now able to accept contributions from non-governmental donors to its development-related projects following a decision by the General Council establishing guidelines for such contributions.
> Go to the story.

27.04.01

Significant trade barriers remain after Uruguay Round, says new WTO Secretariat study
World trade has been liberalized considerably as a result of the Uruguay Round but significant trade barriers remain, including in areas of interest to developing countries, according to a new WTO Secretariat study Market Access: Unfinished Business published on 27 April 2001. “The best way we can tackle the many remaining trade barriers that are preventing people and countries from realizing their full potential is in a wider set of negotiations,” said Director-General Mike Moore. Press release

25.04.01

17th WTO Trade Policy Course opens in Geneva
Deputy Director-General Paul-Henri Ravier, in opening the 17th WTO Trade Policy Course on 22 April 2001, welcomed the strong representation of trade officials from Africa and least-developed countries in the three-month course conducted in French.
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23.04.01

“The world needs a new WTO Round” — Moore
Director-General Mike Moore, in two speeches in Berlin on 23 April 2001, underlined the importance of launching a new Round this year. Before the German Foundation for International Development, he said that developing countries “with a positive agenda and strength in numbers can ensure the next round has a strong focus on developmental concerns”. Before the German council on foreign relations, Berlin, he stressed that the economic case for a new Round is “compelling”.

19.04.01

Moore welcomes news of settlement of South Africa drug lawsuit
Director-General Mike Moore, in a statement on 19 April 2001, welcomed news of the settlement achieved between the Government of South Africa and pharmaceutical companies. “The settlement shows that the WTO Agreements, such as TRIPS, contain the necessary flexibility to meet the health needs of developing countries,” he said.  

11.04.01

Experts: affordable medicines for poor countries are feasible
Høsbjør, Norway — Making life-saving medicines more affordable for poor countries is vital for improving public health. More importantly it is realistic, experts said in a three-day WHO/WTO workshop that ended today (11 April 2001).
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10.04.01

Greater involvement of parliamentarians in WTO work urged
Director-General Mike Moore, in a speech at a European Parliament seminar in Brussels on 10 April 2001, called for greater involvement of parliamentarians in the work of the WTO. He also underlined the democratic nature of the organization, in which all agreements are reached by consensus of the 140 member governments and every country has a veto.

10.04.01

Moore congratulates WTO trade course graduates
Director-General Mike Moore, on 5 April 2001, presented diplomas to 30 developing and transition economy officials at the conclusion of the 16th WTO Trade Policy Course. He said: “I am convinced that you have acquired skills that you will take back home for your respective countries' and people's interests”.
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10.04.01

WTO's technical assistance gets a boost from Hong Kong, China
Director-General Mike Moore, in a press release issued on 10 April 2001, welcomed a recent contribution of 1 million Swiss francs by Hong Kong, China to WTO's technical assistance activities. He said that “as members continue to prepare for the 4th Ministerial Conference, technical assistance for developing countries is vitally important.”

02.04.01

Services negotiations enter new bargaining phase
WTO members agreed, 28-30 March 2001, on guidelines for negotiations on trade in services, taking the talks into bargaining sessions on access to each others’ markets, based on their negotiating proposals. The rule-making negotiations that started a year ago will also continue.
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30.03.01

Moore and Putin upbeat on Russia’s membership bid
Joining the WTO is Russia’s top priority, President Vladimir Putin told WTO Director-General Mike Moore when the two met in Moscow on 30 March 2001. Mr Moore said Moscow’s membership bid has been re-energized by new legislation, but important issues remain.
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27.03.01

WTO agriculture negotiations move swiftly to ‘phase 2’
Director-General Mike Moore, on 27 March 2001, applauded the completion of the first phase of agriculture negotiations and the approval of the work programme for the next phase. The fact that 125 of the 140 WTO members have tabled negotiating proposals, he said, is “a powerful vote of confidence in the multilateral trading system”.
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27.03.01

Trade programme for poorest countries gets $4.5-million boost
Director-General Mike Moore and Amb. Henrik Iverson (Denmark), in a press release issued on 23 March 2001, welcomed initial pledges totaling US$4.5 million to a six-agency pilot programme to build trade capacity in least-developed countries.

22.03.01

Macau, China: liberal trade regime commended
WTO members, at the conclusion of their trade policy review of Macau, China on 21 March 2001, commended the Territory for the fact that neither the Asian financial crisis, nor its reversion to China has affected its liberal trade policies. However, they called on the Territory to increase its tariff bindings and services commitments.
> Press release
> Chairperson's concluding remarks (Download in Word format 2 pages;31 KB)

22.03.01

WTO economic seminar papers now available
Papers presented at in-house economic seminars organized for WTO delegations and staff members will now be made available on this site's research and analysis section, starting with “The Relationship Between International Trade Policy and Competition Policy” given on 14 March 2001.
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20.03.01

SPS body looks at current epidemics, ‘equivalence’ and standard-setting
Measures for dealing with BSE (mad cow disease) and foot and mouth disease, “equivalence” — an “implementation” issue in the General Council — and developing countries’ participation in international standards-setting organizations were among the issues discussed when the Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures Committee met, 14-15 March 2001. Unofficial summary.

19.03.01

Poor-country issues must be at heart of new Round — Moore
Director-General Mike Moore, in a speech at the Ministerial Roundtable on Trade and Poverty in Least-Developed Countries in London on 19 March 2001, said that a “a new Round (of trade negotiations) is the surest way to prevent the further marginalization of LDCs from the world economy and to deal with problems that they may have with existing WTO agreements”. He said that the new Round “must have implementation issues at its heart” and encompass other issues that are important to developing countries.

19.03.01

WTO Secretariat answers GATS critics
Since January 2000, 140 WTO member governments have been engaged in negotiations aimed at further liberalization of the global services market. A number of anti-WTO groups have been portraying these talks in a manner which is often distorted or patently untrue. The WTO Secretariat issued, on 19 March 2001, a booklet GATS — Fact and fiction that debunks some of the myths and falsehoods about the General Agreement on Trade in Services and the new services negotiations. Also, the WTO spokesman answers a critic.

19.03.01

Goods Council agrees on chairpersons for subsidiary bodies
The Council for Trade in Goods, on 14 March 2001, agreed on a slate of chairpersons of its subsidiary bodies for 2001.
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19.03.01

WTO, WHO convene workshop on affordable drugs
The WTO and WHO Secretariats, on 18 March 2001, announced they are convening a workshop on how to improve poor countries' access to essential drugs. The workshop — to be hosted by the Norwegian Foreign Ministry at Høsbjør on 8-11 April 2001 — will bring together about 50 experts from industrialized and developing countries.
> Go to the press release

15.03.01

WTO holds 19th dispute settlement course
Forty trade officials, on 6-9 March 2001, participated in the 19th Special Course on Dispute Settlement Rules and Procedures organized by the WTO Secretariat as part of its technical assistance programme.
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12.03.01

Moore sees “positive signs” for Round launch in Doha
Director-General Mike Moore, in a speech at the European Business School London on 12 March 2001, said there are already “many positive signs” from members, including leading traders the US and the EU, for launching a new Round at the Doha Ministerial in November. He said developing countries increasingly understand that “the greatest threat to their economies is not globalization, but marginalization”.
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12.03.01

Panels established on measures by Belgium, Canada and Chile
The WTO Dispute Settlement Body, on 12 March 2001, established three new panels to examine, respectively, Belgium's measures on rice imports, Canada's new aircraft financing system, and Chile's price band system.
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Summary of the meeting

12.03.01

Two appellate rulings released
Two Appellate Body reports were released on 12 March 2001: on the asbestos dispute between Canada and the European Union (DS135), and on the steel products case between Poland and Thailand (DS122).

05.03.01

A new Round can help fight global poverty — Moore
Director-General Mike Moore, in a video message opening the WTO/FORSEC Trade Policy Course for Pacific island countries in Fiji on 5 March 2001, said that the challenge today for the multilateral trading system is to join in international efforts to fight poverty, and that “if we are to redress these imbalances, to give the most distant and lonely of our members a better go, we will do a better job negotiating inside a new Round”.
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01.03.01

Dispute body refers dairy dispute to original panel
The WTO Dispute Settlement Body (DSB), on 1 March 2001, referred to the original panel complaints lodged by the United States and New Zealand regarding Canada’s implementation of DSB’s recommendations in the case “Canada - Measures affecting the importation of milk and the exportation of dairy products”. 
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01.03.01

Report out on EC's anti-dumping duties on bed linen
The Appellate Body, on 1 March 2001, issued its
report (DS141/AB/R) on the European Communities' appeal regarding its anti-dumping duties on bed linen from India.

28.02.01

Trade to play central role in Ghana's economic restructuring
WTO members, in concluding their
review of Ghana's trade policies on 28 February 2001, recognized the central role to be played by trade, investment and the private sector in the restructuring of the economy and improving international competitiveness. They urged the country to pursue further liberalization.
> Go to the Chairperson's concluding remarks
> Go to the press release

28.02.01

Panel rules on Japan-US steel dispute, 2 arbitration reports out  A WTO dispute-settlement panel, on 28 February 2001, issued its report (DS184/R) on Japan’s complaint against the US’ anti-dumping measures on certain hot-rolled steel products from Japan. On the same date, two WTO arbitration reports were released: on US’ implementation (DS136/11 and DS162/14) of recommendations regarding its “1916 Anti-Dumping Act” dispute with the EC and Japan, and on Canada’s implementation (DS170/10) of recommendations concerning its patent dispute with the US.

27.02.01

Moore applauds free access for LDC exports by EU
WTO Director-General Mike Moore today welcomed the decision by European Union Trade Ministers to give the world's forty-eight least-developed countries access to EU markets for all products except arms by the year 2009. He said this would substantively improve trading conditions for the world's poorest nations.
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27.02.01 Andean trade ministers support Doha launch of new Round
Director-General Mike Moore, on 20 February, thanked the Andean Trade Ministers (Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela) for their
Declaration on 9 February 2001 in Lima supporting efforts to launch a new Round at the 4th WTO Ministerial Conference in Doha in November this year. He stressed that “developing countries have most to gain from further trade liberalization.” 
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27.02.01 Developing countries see growth opportunities in tourism services
While tourism represent one of the developing countries' best economic growth opportunities, the latter face numerous challenges including high air transport prices and lack of infrastructure, said participants to the WTO Symposium on Tourism Services (22-23 February 2001). 
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26.02.01 Trade and environment body takes up developing-country concerns
At the meeting of the WTO Committee on Trade and Environment on 13-14 February 2001, the outgoing Chairperson, Ambassador Yolande Biké (Gabon), emphasized the importance of addressing practical issues relevant to developing nations such as exports of banned or unsafe goods to unsuspecting countries.

> Go to Trade and Environment Bulletin
23.02.01 “Yes, drugs for the poor — and patents as well”
To reward research, the WTO’s intellectual property (TRIPS) agreement protects patents for 20 years; to improve access to drugs, it imposes some conditions and allows certain restrictions on patent rights, writes WTO Director-General Mike Moore in an
  article in the International Herald Tribune, 22 February 2001.
22.02.01 Moore welcomes Bush Administration support for new round
WTO Director-General Mike Moore, in Washington DC, on 22 February 2001, welcomed the support shown by senior Bush Administration officials for the launch of a new round of trade negotiations this year. Separately, in a speech at the Agriculture Outlook Forum, he said that “anyone who wants to see the agriculture negotiations produce the best possible result in a reasonable timeframe has a strong interest in seeing a new WTO Round launched soon”.
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21.02.01 WTO bullish on Madagascar
WTO members, in concluding their review of Madagascar's trade policies on 21 February 2001, expressed optimism about the country's economic prospects and encouraged the government to maintain both the pace and direction of its reforms.
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> Go to the press release
19.02.01 Moldova concludes membership negotiations
The Republic of Moldova, on 19 February 2001, concluded its negotiations for accession to the WTO with the Working Party's adoption of the country's package of membership documents. Director-General Mike Moore congratulated Moldova for the rapid pace of the negotiations and its “impressive hard work” to secure WTO membership.
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19.02.01 WTO and World Bank release book on internationalization of financial services
The WTO Secretariat, on 19 February 2001, announced the release of a new book by the WTO and the World Bank “The Internationalization of Financial Services: Issues and Lessons for Developing Countries”. The book offers a comprehensive review of the benefits and risks of internationalization of financial services.
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19.02.01 Dispute body adopts Argentina hides ruling, sets up panel in Brazil-Canada aircraft case
The WTO Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) on 16 February 2001 adopted the panel report in the case, “Argentina — measures affecting the export of bovine hides and the import of finished leather”. It also created a new panel to determine whether Brazil is complying with rulings in its dispute with Canada over aircraft subsidies.
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News story
15.02.01 New proposal for LDC assistance adopted
The WTO Sub-Committee on Least-Developed Countries adopted on 12 February 2001 a major proposal, with key recommendations, to improve the implementation of the Integrated Framework for trade-related technical assistance to LDCs.
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14.02.01 Moore cites success of WTO trade policy courses
Director-General Mike Moore, on 12 February 2001, told close to 70 graduates of WTO trade policy courses for developing countries and transition economies who are now posted in Geneva that they are “the living proof that the courses are useful and deserve to be supported as a core activity of the WTO Secretariat”.
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12.02.01 WTO organizes “Trade, Technology and Development” seminar
The WTO is organizing through its Committee on Trade and Development, on 14 February 2001, a seminar on “Trade, Technology and Development” aimed at identifying opportunities and challenges faced by developing countries in relation to technology access in the context of the WTO. Experts from the WTO and other agencies, academics, donor and WTO representatives will help identify policy options and choices, as well as types of support and assistance available to developing countries.
Go to the programme                > Go to background materials
(download in MS Word format, 2 pages 45KB).
09.02.01 WTO elects officers for 2001
The WTO General Council, on 9 February 2001, noted the consensus on this year's slate of chairpersons for WTO bodies, including Mr. Stuart Harbinson (Hong Kong, China) as its new chairman.
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08.02.01 Chairman reports on implementation issues
At the General Council meeting on 8 February 2001, the Chairman, Ambassador Kare Bryn, reported on progress in the ongoing WTO work on implementation-related issues and concerns.
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08.02.01 Moore welcomes start of Yugoslavia membership talks
Director-General Mike Moore, on 8 February 2001, warmly welcomed the decision by the WTO General Council to establish an accession working party for the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. “Membership in the WTO will go a very long way toward assisting Yugoslavia's re-integration in the global community,” he said.
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08.02.01 WTO Ministerial to be held 9-13 November 2001
The General Council, on 8 February 2001, agreed that the Fourth WTO Ministerial Conference in Doha, Qatar, will be held on 9-13 November 2001. The offer of the Government of Qatar to hold the Fourth WTO Ministerial Conference was accepted by the General Council on 30 January 2001, when it also authorized its Chairman, in cooperation with the Director-General, to start consultations on both organizational and substantive matters related to the preparations of the Conference and to report back to the General Council.
05.02.01 Moore bats for a new trade round
Director-General Mike Moore underscored the potential benefits of a new round for all members in speeches before Australia's National Press Club (5 February 2001) and Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce (2 February 2001). He said a new round would facilitate the current negotiations on agriculture and services, keep and further open markets in an economic slowdown, and deal with concerns of developing countries.
01.02.01 Report on US anti-dumping actions on Korean steel adopted
The WTO Dispute Settlement Body, on 1 February 2001, adopted the panel report on US anti-dumping measures on Korean steel products and established a panel to examine a US complaint about Brazil's measures affecting patent protection.
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01.02.01 Statement on the multilateral trading system by three former GATT/WTO Directors-General
Coinciding with their recent attendance at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos from 25 to 29 January 2001, three former GATT/WTO Directors-General released a joint statement containing observations on the multilateral trading system.
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01.02.01 “The WTO is now at your fingertips” — Moore
The WTO, on 1 February 2001, launched a new document database on its website. Director-General Mike Moore said “the WTO is now at your fingertips — with over 100,000 official documents, the new on-line database is part of ongoing efforts to make the Organization more accessible and to make its work more transparent for a worldwide public.”
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30.01.01 Qatar to host 4th WTO Ministerial
The General Council, on 30 January 2001, accepted the offer of the Government of Qatar to hold the Fourth WTO Ministerial Conference in Doha, Qatar. The date of the Conference will be announced at the General Council meeting on 8 February 2001. The General Council also authorized its Chairman, in cooperation with the Director-General, to start consultations on both organizational and substantive matters related to the preparations of the Fourth Ministerial Conference and to report back to the General Council.
29.01.01 WTO Secretariat organizes tourism symposium
The WTO Secretariat is organizing a symposium on tourism services on 22-23 February 2001 aimed at evaluating developments in international tourism that may be of relevance to the ongoing services negotiations.
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(downloadable in MS Word format, 3 pages 35KB).
> Guide to
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26.01.01 WTO lauds Mozambique's reforms
WTO members, in concluding their
review of Mozambique's trade policies on 26 January 2001, congratulated the country for its “excellent economic performance” in recent years and attributed this to economic reforms, including privatization, elimination of most export restrictions and simplification of customs tariffs.
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25.01.01 Moore welcomes new market opening for LDCs
Director-General Mike Moore, on 23 January 2001, briefed least-developed country members on concrete market access measures taken recently by Canada, New Zealand and Norway for LDCs, adding that the EC, Japan and the US have announced or proposed significant measures. He promised to intensify his efforts in further improving trade opportunities for LDCs.
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23.01.01 EU threatens action on US goods after safeguard found to violate rules
The WTO Dispute Settlement Body on 19 January 2001 adopted
the Appellate Body report and the panel report as modified by the Appellate Body on the US safeguard measure on wheat gluten imports from the EU (Case DS166). The EU said it now has the right to act against US corn gluten in response — but under provisions of the Safeguards Agreement, not the dispute settlement procedure.
19.01.01 Moore underlines trade's development role
Director-General Mike Moore, at an informal meeting of the WTO General Council on 18 January 2001, reported that the focus of WTO's cooperation with the IMF and the World Bank is assisting developing and least-developed countries take greater advantage from international trade. He underlined that these countries need more open markets and technical assistance.
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18.01.01 China accession: political decisions needed
Deputy Director-General Paul-Henri Ravier, acting chairman of the WTO Working Party on China, said on 17 January 2001 that that latest round of talks has produced “encouraging results” and has sharply defined the political decisions needed in surmounting outstanding problems.
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17.01.01 Core economic agencies hold seminar on mainstreaming trade into development
Integrating trade into development plans for least-developed countries is the focus of a seminar organized jointly by the WTO, IMF, ITC, UNCTAD, UNDP and World Bank in Geneva on 29-30 January, 2001. The seminar will also look at how these countries can better exercise their WTO rights and make better use of WTO opportunities. Participants will include experts in trade, finance and development.
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16.01.01 WTO starts 16th trade policy course
Deputy Director-General Paul-Henri Ravier, on 15 January 2001, launched WTO's 16th Trade Policy Course for trade officials from developing and transition economies. Six transition economies are represented for the first time in these regular courses.
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15.01.01 US given 1 year to implement copyright report
A WTO arbitrator, in an
award (WT/DS160/12) issued on 15 January 2001, has determined that the “reasonable period of time” for United States to implement the recommendations and rulings in the panel report on US — Section 110(5) of the US Copyright Act (WT/DS160/R) is 12 months from the adoption of the report. This period will expire on 27 July 2001.
11.01.01 New round needed to counter threat of protectionism — Moore
WTO Director-General Mike Moore stressed that “further trade negotiations are an insurance policy against pleas for protection when economies turn down” in a
speech at the Partnership Summit on 11 January 2001 at Hyderabad, India.
10.01.01 Dispute body adopts rulings on Korean beef and US sanctions
The WTO Dispute Settlement Body on 10 January 2001 adopted
Appellate Body reports on Rep of Korea’s measures on imported beef, (DS161 — DS169) and US bond requirements related to the banana dispute (DS165).