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The chairman Hartmut Röben (Germany) welcomed the Yemeni delegation led by Dr. Yahya Al-Mutawakel, the new Minister of Trade and Industry, and the renewed commitment shown by Yemen to accelerate its membership negotiations.

Yemen is to work on the gaps identified in the country's trade regime and to bring its legislation and enforcement mechanisms in conformity with WTO requirements. Based on the inputs received, the Secretariat may prepare an Elements of a Draft Working Party Report for the next meeting.

Yemen held bilateral meetings with a number of interested members and has concluded its market access negotiations with China. Minister Al-Mutawakel said he looks forward to conclude other bilateral talks as soon as possible. Bilateral negotiations are expected to intensify with the submission of improved offers in advance of the next meeting.

No firm date was set for the next meeting but the Chair suggested that it may be held in the first half of next year.

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