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SERVICES: WORKSHOP — 29-30 MARCH 2004
Workshop on domestic regulation — Programme

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Session I: Introduction

10:00-10:15 Introduction by the Chairperson: Objectives of the Workshop

Speaker: Rufus Yerxa, Deputy Director-General, World Trade Organization
Opening statement
10:15-11:15 GATS and Domestic Regulation

Speaker: Hamid Mamdouh, Director, Trade in Services Division, WTO
PowerPoint presentation

  • The GATS approach to the regulation of services — nature of the legal obligations.
  • GATS Article VI:4 (Domestic Regulation) and how it relates to other provisions of the Agreement.
  • Background to the Working Party on Professional Services (WPPS) and the Working Party on Domestic Regulation (WPDR).

Additional presentations:
Aaditya Mattoo: Presentation

11:15-11:45 Discussion Session

Session II: Development of Disciplines on Domestic Regulation

12:00-12:45 Concepts Related to the Development of Disciplines

Speakers:
Mina Mashayeki, UNCTAD
PowerPoint presentation

Dale Honeck, Trade in Services Division, WTO
PowerPoint presentation

  • Transparency (description, objectives, and examples of measures which may be subject to disciplines).
  • Necessity (description, objectives, and examples of measures which may be subject to disciplines).
12:45-13:00 Discussion Session
15:00-15:30 Speaker: Julia Nielson, OECD
PowerPoint presentation
  • Equivalency (description, objectives, and examples of measures which may be subject to disciplines).
  • International standards (description, objectives, and examples of measures which may be subject to disciplines).
15:30-15:45 Discussion Session

Session III: Wider Applicability of the Accountancy Disciplines?

16:00-16:30 Background

Speaker: Dale Honeck, Trade in Services Division, WTO
Paper

  • The Accountancy Disciplines — main elements.
16:30-17:30 Applicability of the Accountancy Disciplines to other Professional Services

Speakers:
Laurel Terry, International Bar Association
Outline of presentation
PowerPoint presentation
Papers:
WTO Resolution on Disciplines for the Accountancy Sector
Exhibit A: Changes the IBA Recommends
Exhibit B to Disciplines resolution
Disciplines — SL64 annotated per IBA
Abstract
  
Russell V. Keune, International Union of Architects
Outline of presentation
Presentation

  • Views of national professional associations.
  • Views of international professional organizations.
17:30-18:00 Discussion Session

  

Day 2 back to top

10:00-10:45 Applicability of the Accountancy Disciplines to other Professional Services (continued)

Speakers:
Judith Oulton, International Council of Nurses
Outline of presentation
PowerPoint presentation
Papers:
PS Ethical Nurse Recruitment
ICN Principles on regulation

Premendra Raj Mehta, Council of Architecture, India
PowerPoint presentation

  • Views of national professional associations.
  • Views of international professional organizations.
10:45-11:15 Discussion Session

Session IV: Regulators’ (and “Regulatees”) Views

11:30-12:30 Potential Scope and Impact of Disciplines on Domestic Regulation

Speakers:
Jan Wouters, Ludo Deckers, Flanders — Electricity Distribution
Outline of presentation

PowerPoint presentation

Sebastián Sáez, Chile — Financial Services
Outline of presentation

PowerPoint presentation

Peter Hlapolosa, South Africa — Telecommunications Services
PowerPoint presentation

Mark van der Horst, European Express Association (EEA), EC — Postal & Courier Services
PowerPoint presentation

  • Feasibility of disciplines
  • Administrative issues
12:30-13:00 Discussion Session
15:00-16:00 Potential Scope and Impact of Disciplines on Domestic Regulation (continued)

Speakers:
Javier Hermo, Argentina — Educational Services, Professional Services
Outline of presentation

PowerPoint presentation
Paper

Nik Mohd Hasyudeen Yusoff, Malaysia — Accountancy Services
Outline of presentation
PowerPoint presentation

Hirohisa Furuichi, Japan — Telecommunications Services
Outline of presentation

PowerPoint presentation

  • Feasibility of disciplines
  • Administrative issues
16:00-16:30 Discussion Session

Session V: Future Possibilities: Views of Participants

16:45-17:15 Theoretical Possibilities for New Disciplines

Speakers:
Hamid Mamdouh, Director, Trade in Services Division, WTO
PowerPoint presentation

Mina Mashayeki, UNCTAD

Julia Nielson, OECD
PowerPoint presentation

  • Scenarios for the development of horizontal and/or sectoral disciplines under Article VI:4.
  • Possibilities for the scheduling of additional commitments under Article XVIII in the ongoing negotiations.
17:15-17:45 Discussion Session
17:45-18:00 Conclusion by the Chairperson

Speaker: Rufus Yerxa, Deputy Director-General, WTO