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Workshop on Environmental Goods
Paragraph 31(III) of the DDA

On 11 October 2004, the WTO organized a Workshop on Environmental Goods to assist WTO Members in their deliberations under Paragraph 31(iii) of the Doha Development Agenda (DDA). Paragraph 31 (iii) of the DDA has launched negotiations on “the reduction or, as appropriate, elimination of tariff and non-tariff barriers to environmental goods and services” (WT/MIN(01)/DEC/1).

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Click for Doha Development Agenda gatewayParagraph 31 (iii) of the Doha Development Agenda has launched negotiations on “the reduction or, as appropriate, elimination of tariff and non-tariff barriers to environmental goods and services.” This workshop focuses on trade liberalization in environmental goods, and has as its objective enhancing Members' understanding of the key issues involved in the negotiations.

The workshop is divided into three sessions. Session 1 provides an overview of the trends in the environmental goods industry. Session 2 addresses the concerns and challenges for developing countries in these negotiations, looking at the experiences of Nicaragua, India, and Kenya. Session 3 examines the practical considerations involved in identifying and defining environmental goods, such as the issues of multiple end-use, and of process and production methods. It looks at how various GATT/WTO sectoral liberalization initiatives have tackled similar definitional problems in the past; at the construction of the APEC list of environmental goods; and at how the Harmonized System operates.



Session 1: Trends in the Environmental Goods Industry  back to top


Opening Remarks by Chairman, Ambassador Alejandro Jara, Permanent Mission of Chile to the WTO
“Introducing the Objectives and Programme of the Workshop”


Dr. Dominique Drouet, Recherche Développement International (RDI)
“Trends in the Environmental Goods Industry”
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Mr. Robert Teh and Mr. Bijit Bora, WTO Secretariat
 “Tariffs and Trade in Environmental Goods ”
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Questions and Answers


Session 2: Key Concerns and Challenges for Developing Countries  back to top


Mr. Mahesh Sugathan, International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD)
“Key Concerns and Challenges for Developing Countries”
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Mr. José Guillermo Lopez Lopez, Ministry of Development, Industry and Commerce, Nicaragua
“Experience from Nicaragua”
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Mr. Sandeep Singh, The Energy Resources Institute (TERI)
“Experience from India”
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Dr. Moses Ikiara, Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research & Analysis (KIPPRA)
“Experience from Kenya”
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Questions and Answers by Mr. Alexey Vikhlayaev, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)


Session 3: Practical Considerations in Identifying Environmental Goods  back to top


Mr. Ronald Steenblik, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
“Lessons from GATT/WTO Sectoral Initiatives”
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Mr. John Deng, Delegation of the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu to the WTO
“The Construction of the APEC List”
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by Mr. Izaak Wind,  World Customs Organization (WCO)
“Environmental Goods and the Harmonized System”
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Questions and Answers by Ms. Solveig Crompton, Permanent Mission of the Republic of South Africa at Geneva
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