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WHAT is Geneva week?
It is a week-long event — organized twice annually — for representatives
of WTO Members and Observers without permanent representation in Geneva.
Participants attend a series of briefings on the state-of-play of the
Doha Development Agenda and other WTO activities. The Chairpersons of
the various negotiating groups brief the participants on recent
developments concerning negotiations in agriculture, non-agricultural
market access (NAMA), services, special and differential treatment for
developing countries, intellectual property rights (TRIPS), rules, trade
and environment, dispute settlement and trade facilitation. Briefings
also focus on progress in other areas such as the implementation of
initiatives to help build trade capacity in least-developed countries.
The Geneva Week event usually features half-day seminars organized for
the participants by the Agency for International Trade Information and
Cooperation (AITIC) and other agencies active in the area of
international trade and development.
WHAT is the purpose of Geneva Week?
WHO benefits from Geneva Week?
The 30 governments which do not have offices or official missions in
Geneva include: Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Belize, Central African
Republic, Dominica, Fiji, Gambia, Grenada, Guinea Bissau, Equatorial
Guinea, Guyana, Lao, Malawi, Maldives, Montenegro, Niger, Papua New
Guinea, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the
Grenadines, Samoa, São Tomé et Principe, Seychelles, Sierra Leone,
Solomon Islands, Suriname, Tajikistan, Togo, Tonga and Vanuatu.
Other participants include representatives from 30 regional, economic
organizations who participate in Geneva Week events at their own
WHAT are the results of Geneva Week?
Since 1999 fourteen Geneva Week events have been held with the
participation of around 600 delegates, around 90 per year. These events
have contributed to increased participation of non-resident Members in
the work of the WTO. The information and knowledge gained during Geneva
week has been invaluable in helping officials understand more about WTO
rules and activities and have helped Members fulfil their WTO
obligations, especially in regard to notifications. A better
understanding of the work of the WTO has also allowed Members to
exercise their WTO rights more fully and to participate in the work of
the negotiating groups and other regular WTO bodies. Non-resident
Members also take advantage of Geneva Week to meet with their regional
partners to coordinate their positions in WTO negotiations. For those
WTO Observers in the process of acceding to the WTO, Geneva Week
provides them with an opportunity to meet with Members, bilaterally or
during their accession working parties, to advance their respective WTO