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A two-day symposium to celebrate the 10-year
operation of the Information Technology Agreement (ITA) opened at the
WTO on 28 March with around 200 participants representing governments,
industry and consumers from around the world. This is the third
symposium organized by the WTO on Information Technology products.
Director-General Pascal Lamy in his
opening speech at the Symposium
said that “the rapid evolution of this product sector, which has
brought about revolutionary changes to our societies at large, is the
reason that this particular sector, among others, merits our special
The Director-General also mentioned that world exports of ITA products over the past 10 years have more than doubled in dollar
terms, reaching US$1450 billion in 2005, with an average annual growth
of 8,5 percent. Today 70 WTO Members, representing 97 percent of world
trade in IT products are participants to the ITA.
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