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Issues covered by the WTO’s committees and agreements

Information Technology Agreement

The Ministerial Declaration on Trade in Information Technology Products (ITA) was concluded by 29 participants at the Singapore Ministerial Conference in December 1996. The number of participants has grown to 80, representing about 97 per cent of world trade in information technology products. The ITA provides for participants to completely eliminate duties on IT products covered by the Agreement. Developing country participants have been granted extended periods for some products.

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Highlights from the Information Technology Agreement Symposium
Debate: Trade in information and communications technology products
 

 

 

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News  back to top

  

Introduction  back to top

Overview of the information technology agreement and its implementation

 

The mandate  back to top

Browse or download the text of the “Ministerial Declaration on Trade in Information Technology Products” from the legal texts gateway.

Find decisions of WTO bodies concerning the information technology agreement in the Analytical Index — Guide to WTO Law and Practice.

  

ITA schedules  back to top

  

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  Event

 

Symposium of the 15th Anniversary of the Information Technology Agreement (14-15 May 2012)
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> Past events

 

  New Publication

 

 

> 15 Years of the Information Technology Agreement: Trade, innovation and global production networks

 

 

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Work on ITA in the WTO, and official documents  back to top

Work on this subject is handled by the Committee of Participants on the Expansion of Trade in Information Technology Products. The current chair is .

Non Tariff Measures

Download the work programme (MS Word format, 2 pages, 32KB, opens in a new window)

  

Work in the Committee of Participants on the Expansion of Trade in Information Technology Products

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  • Annual reports of the Committee of Participants on the Expansion of Trade in Information Technology Products (Document code varies)    > search    > help

  

Other official ITA documents

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General documents on ITA bear the document code G/IT/* (where * takes additional values).
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help with downloading these documents

  • General documents on ITA (Document code G/IT/*)    > search
  • Status report on ITA implementation (Document code G/IT/* and keyword “status of implementation”)    > search
  • Classification of information technology products (Document code G/IT/* and and keyword “Classification of information technology products”)    > search
  • Products Classification (Divergences) of information technology products (Document code G/IT/* and and keyword “divergences or classification”)    > search

You can perform more sophisticated searches from the Documents Online search facility (opens in new window) by defining multiple search criteria such as document code, full text search or document date.

  

Events  back to top

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