Textual report by the Chairman, Ambassador Luzius Wasescha, on the state of play of the NAMA negotiations
On international standards, the idea of legally strengthening the six TBT Committee Principles for the Development of International Standards to better facilitate the cooperation between standard setting bodies and the TBT Committee is generally well received. Indeed Members also agree that the negotiations should ensure better participation of developing country representatives in international standard setting bodies. Whilst the idea of further promoting the use of relevant international standards is welcomed, a certain number of Members are opposed to the idea that the TBT Agreement should mention expressis verbis standard setting bodies.
Brainstorming and small group consultations need to be pursued to reach agreement in this area. Informal discussions brought also forward the idea of a Forum where international standard setting bodies, national regulators, private sector representatives (standard users) and trade policy members meet on a regular basis. Such an approach could be included in a TBT-related decision.
proposals on which discussions have been based are:
The contributions on transparency, international standards and
conformity assessment were derived from sectoral proposals and
complemented by the framework of industry-specific NTB proposals. Members
will have to decide inter alia
whether (1) there will be a specific horizontal decision on these
issues in all sectors; or (2) only for sectors that have been
introduced in the NTB negotiations; or (3) parallel identical
provisions on these issues for the sectors under examination. This
will need further discussions in the Negotiating Group.