January 2000: Negotiations begin
March 2001: Guidelines and the Procedures for the Negotiations on
Trade in Services are adopted
November 2001: Doha Development Agenda is adopted
March 2003: Deadline for receiving “initial offers”
July 2004: “July Package” resuscitates negotiations and
establishes deadline of May 2005 for submission of revised offers
December 2005: Hong Kong Ministerial Conference reaffirms key
principles of services negotiations
July 2006: Doha negotiations suspended
January 2007: Resumption of Doha negotiations
May 2008: Report on services issued
July 2008: Services Signalling Conference held as part of “July 2008” package. Ministers exchange signals on what improvements could be expected in services.
2009: Slowdown in negotiations overall due to failure to conclude agriculture and NAMA modalities as part of the “July 2008” package.
March 2010: Stocktaking exercise conducted by the TNC to revive the negotiations. Report by the Chairman of the Council for Trade in Services in Special Session for the purpose of the stocktaking.
December 2010: General Council calls for intensification of DDA negotiations across all areas.
April 2011: Report by the Chairman of the Council on Trade in Services to the Trade Negotiations Committee, representing the state of play in the services negotiations on market access, domestic regulation disciplines, GATS rules and the LDC waiver.
December 2011: Eighth Ministerial Conference adopts a waiver to permit WTO members to grant preferential treatment to services and service suppliers from LDCs