Renato Ruggiero's speeches,
have been spinning for some time but we're getting traction again," Mr. Moore said.
He expressed confidence that other outstanding issues will be resolved soon.
in the day, the General Council agreed to meet in special sessions to address
"outstanding implementation issues and concerns, particularly those raised during the
preparations for the Third Session of the Ministerial Conference". These special
sessions, which should be held no later than June 2000 and the process completed not later
than the next Ministerial Conference, will "assess the existing difficulties,
identify ways needed to resolve them, and take decisions for appropriate action."
Chairman, Ambassador Amb. Kňre Bryn (Norway), suggested that the first special session
discuss a number of implementation-related issues and concerns that have been raised by
delegations as needing urgent action and draw up a programme and calendar for its work in
the coming months. He also emphasized that the decision would in no way prejudice the
position of members on any possible further multilateral trade negotiations.
measures in favour of the least-developed countries, Mr. Moore reported to the General
Council that the results of his consultations are "encouraging
and a significant
first step in a continuing process of improvement". He said that the four largest
trading entities--Canada, the European Union, Japan and the United States--have proposed
"to implement both tariff-free and quota-free treatment, consistent with domestic
requirements and international agreements, under their preferential schemes, for
essentially all products originating in least-developed countries".
addition, he said that the following members have indicated that they have taken or are
intending to take measures to improve LDC access to their markets: Chile, Czech Republic,
Hungary, Iceland, Korea, Norway, New Zealand, Slovenia and Switzerland. The
"Quad" members plus these countries account for about 70% of total world
Moore said that "these measures are beginning to add up to tangible and meaningful
market access improvements in favour of the LDCs
there is of course more that can and
should be done in improving LDCs' market access, but this is a good starting-point".
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