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Following the agreement by
ministers at the Doha Ministerial Conference to establish a work programme “to
frame responses to the trade-related issues identified for the fuller
integration of small, vulnerable economies into the multilateral
trading system”, the General Council agreed that:
question of small economies would be a standing agenda item of the
- the Committee
on Trade and Development (CTD) will hold dedicated sessions on
this question and report to the General Council; and
the light of the outcome of this work, relevant subsidiary bodies
will be asked by the General Council to frame responses to the
trade-related issues identified in the Committee.
In November 2005, prior to the
Sixth Ministerial Conference in Hong Kong, the Committee's Dedicated Session on
Small Economies adopted its report to the General Council. This report
was issued as document
Since the launch of the Doha Round, a number of additional Ministerial or General Council decisions regarding the work programme on small economies have been taken. These include the decisions taken in Geneva in August 2004 ( WT/L/579 para 1.D), Hong Kong in 2005 ( WT/MIN(05)/DEC para 41) and at the Geneva Ministerial Conferences held in 2009 (WT/COMTD/SE/6) and 2011 (WT/L/844). A regularly updated compilation document (WT/COMTD/SE/W/22/Rev.6) reflects the state of play of all the small economies' issues discussed in WTO bodies and negotiating groups since the launch of the work programme.
More recent work under the work programme has focused on the follow-up to the Ministerial Decision taken in 2011 (WT/L/844), which called for the dedicated session of the Committee to examine the effects of non-tariff measures (NTMs) on the exports of small economies. Two background papers on this subject were prepared by the WTO Secretariat (WT/COMTD/SE/W/26/Rev.1 and WT/COMTD/SE/W/28) and discussed in October 2013 at the Workshop on the Effects of NTMs on the Exports of Small Economies, which was held during the Committee's 26th dedicated session. Members also heard presentations at the workshop on recent research conducted on NTMs by the International Trade Centre and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development.
A decision on the work programme on small economies was taken at the Ninth Ministerial Conference in December 2013 (WT/L/908). The WTO Secretariat was instructed to provide relevant information and factual analysis for discussion among members in the Committee's dedicated session on, among other things, the challenges and opportunities experienced by small economies when linking into global value chains for trade in goods and services.
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