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General Council - Minutes of meeting - Held in the Centre William Rappard on 22 February 2011
作者:WTO Secretariat



Held in the Centre William Rappard

on 22 February 2011


Chairman:  Mr John Gero (Canada)



Prior to the adoption of the agenda, the Chairman, on behalf of the General Council, expressed deep regret over the recent earthquake near Christchurch, New Zealand.


The representative of New Zealand made a statement.[1]


In the course of the meeting, the Chairman, the Director-General and delegations bade farewell to Amb. Shinichi Kitajima (Japan), who was leaving his post at the WTO, and expressed appreciation for his valuable contribution during his time as Permanent Representative.


Subjects discussed:[2]


1......... Report by the Chairman of the Trade Negotiations Committee. 2

2......... Work Programme on Small Economies – Report by the Chairman of the Dedicated Session of the Committee on Trade and Development 15

3......... Review of the exemption provided under paragraph 3 of the GATT 1994. 16

4......... WTO Pension Plan – Election of members to the Management Board – Proposal by the Chairman of the General Council 18

5......... Appointment of Officers to WTO Bodies. 18

6......... Chairmanship of the Working Party on the Accession of Samoa – Statement by the Chairman  20

7......... Eighth Ministerial Conference – Statement by the Chairman. 21

8......... Administrative Measures for Members in arrears – Statement by the Chairman. 21

9......... Election of Chairperson. 22

ANNEX I – Statement by New Zealand prior to adoption of the Agenda. 25

ANNEX II – Statements by delegations at the informal meeting of the Trade Negotiations Committee on 2 February 2011. 26

[1] The text of the statement is reproduced in Annex I to these Minutes.

[2] The Proposed Agenda was circulated in document WT/GC/W/631.