agenda Item 2: Implementation of the Bali, Nairobi and Buenos Aires Outcomes – Statement by the Chair
WEDNESday, 22 JULY 2020
1.1. This item remains on the agenda so that the General Council can continue to follow up on the decisions adopted in Bali, Nairobi and Buenos Aires – and do so in a horizontal and transparent manner.
1.2. My statement today will focus on the areas where there have been new developments since our last meeting, on the basis of the updates that I have received from the Chairs of the regular bodies – whom I thank for their cooperation. Under this item, I will also provide a report on recent activities under the Work Programme on Electronic Commerce.
1.3. Starting with TRIPS non-violation and situation complaints, the Chair-designate has held a number of small group consultations in April and May, as well as an informal open-ended meeting of the TRIPS Council on 30 June, at which a number of delegations indicated their intention to engage actively to advance the issue before MC12.
1.4. On the LDC Services Waiver, at the meeting of the Council for Trade in Services on 1 July, the LDC Group called on the Secretariat to build upon the work undertaken for the workshop on the LDC services Waiver of 2019. The Group also urged notifying Members to share information on how they were orienting LDC service suppliers to the benefits available under the Waiver, and called for the Waiver review process to take into account the impact of COVID-19.
1.5. On Aid for Trade, at the CTD meeting held earlier this month, in view of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on many aspects of the work, Members agreed to extend the Work Programme on Aid for Trade, in its current form, until the end of 2022. Members also agreed that the Aid-for-Trade Global Review, which would normally have been held in 2021, should be rescheduled and be held in 2022 instead.