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General Council Meeting of 1-2-6 December 2005

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27-29 July
19-20 October
11 November
1-2-6 December


Proposed agenda

1.   China — Transitional Review Under Section 18.2 of the Protocol of Accession to the WTO Agreement (WT/GC/99, G/L/764, S/C/25, IP/C/39, WT/BOP/R/80)

2.   Implementation of paragraph 11 of the decision on the implementation of paragraph 6 of the Doha declaration on the TRIPS Agreement and Public Health (WT/L/540) — Statement by the Chairman of the TRIPS Council

3.   Non-recognition of rights under Article XXIV:6 and Article XXVIII of GATT 1994 — Communications from Honduras and Guatemala (WT/GC/85, WT/GC/90 and corr.1) — Statement by the Chairman

4.   Enlargement of the European Union — Communication from the European Communities (WT/GC/98)

5.   Review of the exemption provided under Paragraph 3 of GATT 1994

6.   Waivers under Article IX of the WTO Agreement 1

A.   Introduction of harmonized system 2002 changes into WTO schedules of tariff concessions — Draft Decision (G/C/W/533)
B.   Introduction of harmonized system 1996 changes into WTO schedules of tariff concessions — Request for waiver by Israel (G/L/744, G/C/W/528)
C.   Review of Waivers Pursuant to Article IX:4 of the WTO Agreement

(i) United States — Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act, granted on 15 November 1995 until 31 December 2005 (WT/L/104, WT/L/633
(ii) Canada — Caribcan, granted on 14 October 1996 until 31 December 2006 (WT/L/185, WT/L/634
(iii) United States — Former Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, granted on 14 October 1996 until 31 December 2006 (WT/L/183, WT/L/632 )
(iv) EC — Autonomous preferential treatment to the countries of the Western Balkans, granted on 8 December 2000 until 31 December 2006 (WT/L/380, WT/L/635)
(v) EC — Transitional regime for the EC autonomous tariff rate quotas on imports of bananas, granted on 14 November 2001 until 31 December 2005 (WT/L/437)
(vi) EC — The ACP-EC Partnership Agreement, granted on 14 November 2001 until 31 December 2007 (WT/L/436, WT/L/636)
(vii) Cuba — Article XV:6 of GATT 1994, Granted on 20 December 2001 until 31 December 2006 (WT/L/440, WT/L/630 )

7.   Review under paragraph 8 of the decision on the implementation of paragraph 6 of the Doha declaration on the TRIPS Agreement and public health (WT/L/540) — Report of the Council for TRIPS (IP/C/37)

8.   Committee on budget, finance and administration

A.   Report of the Committee on its meeting of 29 September (WT/BFA/80)
B.   Recommendations of the Committee following its meetings of October and November 2005

9.   WTO Pension Plan

A.   Annual Report of the management board for 2004 (WT/L/628)
B.   Amendments to the regulations and administrative Rules of the Pension Plan (WT/GC/W/552)

10.   Appointment of officers to WTO Bodies — Announcement by the Chairman pursuant to paragraph 7.1(a) of the guidelines (WT/L/510)

11.   Review of WTO activities

Reports of:

(i)  General Council (WT/GC/W/554), Dispute Settlement Body (WT/DSB/39 and Add.1), Trade Policy Review Body (WT/TPR/173)
(ii)  Sectoral Councils (G/L/763, S/C/24 and IP/C/38)
(iii)  Committees on Trade and Development (WT/COMTD/55), Trade and Environment (WT/CTE/12), Balance-of-Payments Restrictions (WT/BOP/R/81), Budget, Finance and Administration (WT/BFA/81), and Regional Trade Agreements (WT/REG/15)
(iv)  Working Groups on Trade, Debt and Finance (WT/WGTDF/4), and Trade and Transfer of Technology (WT/WGTTT/7)
(v)  Committees under the Plurilateral Trade Agreements (GPA/85, WT/L/629)

12.   Preparations for the Sixth session of the Ministerial Conference

A.   Request for Observer status by the PLO on behalf of the Palestinian Authority (WT/L/631)
B.   Requests for observer status by international intergovernmental organizations:

  • Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Co-operation ACP-EC (CTA)

  • Basel Convention

  • Council of Europe Development Bank

  • African Development Bank

  • Andean Development Corporation (CAF)


C.   Administrative arrangements — Statement by the Chairman
D.   Reports:

(i)  Work Programme on Small Economies — Report by the Chairman of the Dedicated Session of the Committee on Trade and Development (WT/COMTD/SE/4)
(ii)  Work Programme on Special and Differential treatment

  • Report by the chairman of the special session of the Committee on Trade and Development

  • Oral Reports by chairpersons of other WTO bodies to whom Special and Differential treatment proposals have been referred

(iii)  Work Programme on Electronic Commerce — State of play and Reports by the Chairpersons of the Committee on Trade and Development and the Dedicated discussions on cross-cutting issues under the auspices of the General Council (WT/GC/W/555)
(iv)  Follow-up to the July 2004 General Council Decision on the Doha Work Programme — Report by the Director-General on the Development Assistance Aspects of Cotton (WT/GC/97 and add.1)
(v)  Report by the Chairman of the Trade Negotiations Committee
(vi)  Draft ministerial text — Statement by the Chairman

Minutes of the meeting
(issued as a restricted document and subsequently derestricted following the procedures for the circulation and derestriction of WTO documents).

1. In connection with this item, the attention of members is drawn to the decision-making procedures under Articles IX and XIIof the WTO Agreement agreed by the General Council on 15 November 1995 (WT/L/93).  back to text