Mike Moore's speeches
Renato Ruggiero's speeches,
The CD-ROM has
two unique features. Its 104 megabytes contain the equivalent of more than 30,000 pages of
legal texts and tables of commitments _ over 30 volumes of printed documents representing
the complete results of the Uruguay Round of trade talks _ for the first time all on a
single disk. And the CD-ROM includes software allowing the user to search for information
and to compare various countries' commitments to open or keep open their markets for
specific goods or services. Text can be read in any of the three official WTO languages,
English, French and Spanish (although the language used in menus, commands and on-line
Help depends on the language of the Windows version that the user is operating).
This new product is
part of the WTO's effort to make information and data related to the Uruguay Round
agreements more easily accessible for a range of users. It is designed for lawyers,
government officials, trade consultants, NGO workers, academic researchers, students,
journalists and anyone else needing quick and simple access to details of the agreements.
The disk covers all the legal texts negotiated in the round, various decisions,
understandings and declarations related to the agreements, and the schedules of
market-opening commitments that more than 100 countries made on thousands of products and
Uruguay Round of multilateral trade negotiations led to the biggest reform of the world
trading system in almost half a century. One of the outcomes was the creation of the World
Trade Organization. The negotiations also brought about the first international trade
rules for services and for intellectual property, and important changes in the way
international trade disputes are settled.
The data are
divided into three sections:
* The legal
texts governing trade in goods, services and trade-related aspects of intellectual
property, and details of the new WTO dispute settlement mechanism; together with related
ministerial decisions. Hyper-text allows the user to jump to related articles, agreements,
annexes, decisions, understandings, footnotes and abbreviations with a simple mouse click.
commitments, containing almost 25,000 pages of schedules from 117 countries classified
according to the international Harmonized System Nomenclature (standardised for up to six
digits). Software packaged with the data allows information to be selected and compared
for a variety of purposes.
commitments and exemptions, representing nearly 3,000 pages of 122 specific commitments
and 69 exemption lists, presented as tables for convenient comparison between countries.
This section also has software for searching and for making comparisons.
includes one general "application" software for operating the CD-ROM as a whole,
and sub-applications for each of the three data sections. The sub-applications offer a
range of facilities and options. Information on how to operate these is available in
on-line Help, also available in English, French or Spanish _ the exact choice depending on
the language of the user's version of Windows).
requirements: PC with 80486 processor or higher. Windows 3.1 or higher. 2 MB RAM and 1
MB free disk space or more. Graphics adapter, mouse and printer supported by Windows.
1,000 for single user, SF 2,000 for LAN licence
Publications, World Trade Organization,
Centre William Rappard, Rue de Lausanne 154,
CH-1211 Geneva 21, Switzerland.
Tel: (41) (+22) 739 52 08 or 739 53 08.
Fax: (41) (+22) 739 57 92
Web site: http://www.wto.org
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