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Unformatted text preview: The November 2001 declaration of the Fourth Ministerial Conference in Doha, Qatar, provides the mandate for negotiations on a range of subjects, and other work including issues concerning the implementation of the present agreements. The negotiations take place in the Trade Negotiations Committee and its subsidiaries . Other work under the work programme takes place in other WTO councils and committees. This is an unofficial explanation of what the declaration mandates. Issues > implementation > agriculture > services > market access (non- agriculture) > intellectual property > investment > competition > transparency in government procurement > trade facilitation > anti-dumping > subsidies > regional agreements > dispute settlement > environment > e-commerce > small economies > trade, debt and finance > trade and technology transfer > technical cooperation > least-developed countries > special and differential treatment The work programme The 21 subjects listed in the Doha Declaration (and the paragraphs that refer to them). Most of these involve negotiations; other work includes actions under implementation, analysis and monitoring: Implementation-related issues and concerns ( par 12 ) > back to top Implementation is short-hand for problems raised particularly by developing countries about the implementation of the current WTO Agreements, i.e. the agreements arising from the Uruguay Round negotiations. In Doha this important question was handled in two ways. First, ministers agreed to adopt around 50 decisions clarifying the obligations of developing country member governments with respect to issues including agriculture, subsidies, textiles and clothing, technical barriers to trade, trade-related investment measures and rules of origin. Agreement on these points required hard bargaining between negotiators over the course of nearly three years. Many other implementation issues of concern to developing countries have not been settled, however. For these issues, Ministers agreed in Doha on a future work programme for addressing these matters. In paragraph 12 of the Ministerial Declaration, ministers underscored that they had taken a decision on the 50 or so measures in a separate ministerial document ( the 14 November 2001 decision on Implementation-Related Issues and Concerns ) and pointed out that negotiations on outstanding implementation issues shall be an integral part of the Work Programme in the coming years. The ministers established a two-track approach. Those issues for which there was an agreed negotiating mandate in the declaration would be dealt with under the terms of that THE DOHA TEXTS > Ministerial Declaration > Declaration on the TRIPS Agreement and public health > Implementation- related issues and concerns Decision > Subsidies procedures for extensions under Article 27.4 (of the Subsidies and Countervailing Measures Agreement) for certain developing country members > Decision on waiver for EU-ACP Partnership...
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