16 May 2003
NON-AGRICULTURAL MARKET ACCESS NEGOTIATIONS
Market access chairman issues first draft of “modalities” paper
The Chairman of the Non-Agricultural Market Access Negotiating Group, Ambassador Pierre-Louis Girard, on 16 May 2003 circulated the first draft of the “modalities” paper to member governments, ahead of the 26-28 May meeting of the Negotiating Group.
The draft is based on the work carried out during the series of formal and informal sessions of the NGMA starting on 2 August 2002 and conducted in accordance with the mandate provided by Ministers at Doha, and the work programme adopted by the NGMA on 19 July 2002.
In his introduction, Ambassador Girard (Switzerland) says the paper “... is not in anyway comprehensive. Rather it should be seen as a set of basic elements for possible modalities, which will need to be adjusted, completed, refined, or further expanded upon. It is hoped that these Draft Elements will further stimulate the constructive discussions which have taken place between participants so as to enable them to build up a consensus on modalities for negotiations on tariffs and non-tariff barriers”.