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He made the statement as delegations began talks on a draft decision
for the General Council’s end-of-July meeting, circulated by the chairs of
the General Council (Ambassador Shotaro Oshima of Japan) and Trade
Negotiations Committee (Dr Supachai) on 16 July 2004.
Drawing on months of negotiations and recent converging positions among the
WTO’s 147 member governments, the chairs stressed that the text is “a first
draft whose purpose is to provide a basis for further negotiation among
The text includes “frameworks” in key areas such as agriculture and
industrial market access. These form a first of three steps towards final
agreement. Once adopted, the frameworks would focus negotiations on fuller
“modalities”, which would include completed formulas for tariff reductions,
that would then be applied to detailed commitments on thousands of products
as well as new or revised rules.
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