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General Council Meeting of 25 July 2005

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


Proposed agenda  back to top

I.   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

II.   Rules of Origin — Harmonization Work Programme — Statement by the Chairman (1)

III.   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

IV.   Waivers under Article IX of the WTO Agreement (2)

A.    Introduction of harmonized system 1996 changes into WTO schedules of tariff concessions — Requests for waivers:

(i)   Argentina — Schedule LXIV (G/L/735/Rev.1, G/C/W/514/Rev.1)
(ii)   Malaysia — Schedule XXXIX (G/L/734, G/C/W/512)
(iii)   Panama — Schedule CXLI (G/L/736, G/C/W/515)

B.    United States — Requests for waivers for African Growth and Opportunity Act (G/C/W/509 and Add.1), Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act, as amended (G/C/W/508 and Add.1), and Andean Trade Preference Act, as amended (G/C/W/510 and Add.1) (3) — Statement by the Chairman of the Council for Trade in Goods

C.    Review of waivers pursuant to Article IX:4 of the WTO Agreement

(i)   LDCs — Article 70.9 of the TRIPS Agreement with respect to pharmaceutical products, granted on 8 July 2002 until 1 January 2016 (WT/L/478)
(ii)   Preferential tariff treatment for least-developed countries, granted on 15 June 1999 until 30 June 2009 (WT/L/304)
(iii)   Kimberley process certification scheme for rough diamonds, granted on 15 May 2003 until 31 December 2006 (WT/L/518)

V.   Committee on Budget, Finance and Administration — Recommendations of the Committee following its meetings of June and July 2005

VI.   Work Programme on Small Economies — Report by the Chairman of the Dedicated Session of the Committee on Trade and Development (WT/GC/94)

VII.   Work Programme on Special and Differential treatment

A.    Report by the Chairman of the Special Session of the Committee on Trade and Development

B.    Reports by chairpersons of other WTO bodies to whom special and differential treatment proposals have been referred

VIII.   Report by the Director-General on his consultative process on all outstanding implementation issues under paragraph 12(b) of the Doha Ministerial Declaration

IX.   Report by the Chairman of the Trade Negotiations Committee

X.   Preparations for the Sixth session of the Ministerial conference

A.    Attendance by international intergovernmental organizations as observers — Requests by:

  • League of Arab States

  • Agency for International Trade Information and Cooperation (AITIC)

B.    Election of Officers for the Sixth Session — Statement by the Chairman

C.    Statement by the Chairman (WT/GC/95)


In connection with this item, the attention of Members is drawn to a communication addressed to the Chairman by the Chairpersons of the Committees on Anti-Dumping Practices, on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures and on Safeguards (WT/GC/92). back to text
2. In connection with this Item, the attention of Members is drawn to the Decision-Making Procedures under Articles IX and XII of the WTO Agreement agreed by the General Council on 15 November 1995 (WT/L/93). back to text
3. Questions submitted by delegations to the United States regarding the three waiver requests, and replies thereto, are contained in documents G/C/W/516 and G/C/W/518-519-520. back to text

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