Trade and Agriculture Directorate

130th Session of the Trade Committee - Agenda


1.    Informal consultation with BIAC

It has been suggested that the exchange of views at this informal consultation with members of the BIAC Trade Committee focus on innovation and global growth, investment, precaution, and prospects for broad-based negotiations. Other topics of current interest may also be raised.

Section A:  Core items for discussion or decision

2.    Study on trade and development issues in non-OECD countries

The Secretariat’s study on trade and development issues in non-OECD countries has been revised on the basis of the discussion in the Trade Committee of 24-25 October 2000, and again to take account of views expressed at the 4-5 December 2000 Working Party meeting by both Members and non-Members, and written comments that were subsequently submitted by Members.

3.    Scope and modalities of further trade liberalisation

This will be the Trade Committee’s fourth informal discussion since the WTO Ministerial meeting in Seattle aimed at assisting the process of consensus building on the approach to new global trade negotiations, including the state of play concerning support for broad-based negotiations, the built-in agenda, the implementation debate and regionalism.

4.    Exchange of information on good practices in domestic consultations with NGOs

At the 24-25 October 2000 meeting of the Trade Committee, it was concluded that the February meeting would provide a timely opportunity for Delegates to exchange information on their own consultations with NGOs domestically.  If they so wish, Delegates may also revert to aspects related to the Committee’s continued consultation with NGOs.

Section B:  Other items for discussion or decision

5.    Draft report on sustainable development

Delegates will recall that OECD Ministers at their meeting in 1998 requested a report on sustainable development, which will be presented to the 2001 Meeting of the OECD Council at Ministerial level.  Trade Delegates had an occasion at the Committee’s 24-25 October 2000 meeting to express their views on an expanded outline of Chapter 5 of the analytical report that is on trade, investment and sustainable development.  Subsequently, a first draft of Chapter 5 was discussed by the Working Party of the Trade Committee at its 4-5 December meeting; by the Joint Working Party on Trade and Environment at its 20-21 November meeting; and by the Committee on International Investment and Multinational Enterprises at its meeting of 14-15 December.  A further revision taking account of views expressed in these meetings is submitted to Trade Delegates for discussion.

6.    Recent important developments in trade and trade policy

As at each Trade Committee meeting, Delegates are invited to share information and discuss recent developments in policies or practices that may significantly affect trade relations or the functioning of the multilateral trading system.  If possible, Delegates are encouraged to notify in advance to the Secretariat issues or topics that they wish to address.

7.    Programme of work and budget 2001

Delegates are invited to assess the outcome of the 2001 OECD budget.

Section C:  Items for information or discussio

8.    Capacity development for trade in developing countries

As foreshadowed at the 24-25 October 2000 Trade Committee meeting, a first draft of guidelines for donors in trade capacity building will be available for discussion. The guidelines will subsequently be considered at the meeting of the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) on 27 February 2001, with a view to seeking endorsement at the DAC High Level Meeting on 25-26 April 2001.  A representative of the Development Co-operation Directorate will present an update on the current state of play with this draft and answer any questions that Delegates may wish to raise.

9.    Work in progress

The Secretariat has prepared document to update Delegates on the status of ongoing projects.  The Working Party Chairman Mr Robert Newton and the Secretariat are at the disposal of the Committee to answer questions that Delegates may wish to raise.



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