market access negotiations
The “modalities” are targets for achieving the objectives of the
negotiations. Due to be established by 31 May 2003, they will set
parameters of the final agreements to be reached by 1 January 2005.
The draft is based on the work carried out during the series of formal
and informal sessions of the NGMA starting on 2 August 2002 and
conducted in accordance with the mandate provided by Ministers at Doha,
and the work programme adopted by the NGMA on 19 July 2002.
In his introduction, Ambassador Girard (Switzerland) says the paper “...
is not in anyway comprehensive. Rather it should be seen as a set of
basic elements for possible modalities, which will need to be adjusted,
completed, refined, or further expanded upon. It is hoped that these
Draft Elements will further stimulate the constructive discussions which
have taken place between participants so as to enable them to build up a
consensus on modalities for negotiations on tariffs and non-tariff
> Draft Elements of Modalities for Negotiations on Non-Agricultural