documents on the negotations:
27 March 2001
Special Session of the Committee on Agriculture
by the Chairman, Ambassador Jorge Voto-Bernales, to the
The Special Session of the Committee on Agriculture,
which was established by the General Council to conduct
the negotiations for continuing the reform process under
Article 20 of the Agreement on Agriculture (WT/GC/M/53,
paragraph 39 refers), held its seventh meeting on 26-27
2. The agenda as set out in
WTO/AIR/1504 was adopted.
3. In the course of the stock-taking
exercise undertaken at this meeting in accordance with
paragraph 6(b) of G/AG/NG/1, a number of general
statements were made in which participants outlined,
inter alia, their respective views regarding the 47
negotiating proposals and other submissions which had
been presented and examined in the course of the first
phase of the negotiations, as well as with respect to the
organisation of the further work of the negotiations. It
was generally agreed that the first phase of the
negotiations for continuing the reform process had been
satisfactorily completed. The statements made in the
context of the stock-taking exercise and the related
discussion will be fully reflected as appropriate in the
detailed summary report of the meeting to be prepared by
4. The Committee adopted the following
work programme for the second phase of the negotiations
for continuing the reform process under Article 20 of the
Agreement on Agriculture:
and scope of Work Programme: work in depth on all
issues and options for policy reform set out in
Members proposals, with further elaboration
of work: Article 20, negotiating proposals
submitted by Members and their additional
and differential treatment is an integral part of
all elements of the negotiations.
of Work Programme: work to be conducted in
informal and formal meetings of the Special
Sessions; Chair to prepare reports on the
informal meetings and prepare annotated agendas
ahead of the meetings.
of Work Programme and Timetable: three Special
Session meetings to be held back-to-back with the
regular meetings of the Committee on Agriculture
in September and December 2001 and in March 2002
(each of these Special Sessions would convene
informally and conclude with short formal
meetings), plus three informal Special Session
meetings in May and July 2001 and in February
2002. Any additional meetings would be scheduled
by the Chair after consultations with Members.
of progress of the negotiations shall take place
in the formal March 2002 meeting.
prejudice to Article 20, which details the objective of
the negotiations and the factors to be taken into
account, the Chair recommends the following list of trade
and non-trade issues drawn from Members proposals
for the first two/three meetings:
foregoing work programme is adopted without prejudice to
the decisions that may be taken at the fourth Ministerial
5. In adopting this work programme it
was noted, with regard to the list of trade and non-trade
issues for the first two or three meetings, that this
listing was not exhaustive and that other issues will be
taken up in the subsequent meetings, so that all issues
will be covered as appropriate under the work programme
for the second phase of the negotiations.
6. A number of the statements made at
this meeting are to be circulated in the series
G/AG/NG/W/- at the request of the delegations concerned.
These statements will be listed in an addendum to this
report in due course.
7. Subject to confirmation the planned
dates for the informal meeting in May would be 21-23 May;
and for the informal meeting in July, 23-27 July.
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