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  1. Sectoral Approach WTO Non-agricultural Market Access Department of Trade Negotiations May 2006

  2. Overview • Non-Mandatory • Aim to reduce tariffs over and above formula (most aim to eliminate tariffs) • Interested members form discussion groups on treatment of goods in particular sectors

  3. Common Elements • Product coverage • Target end rates • Implementation schedule • Critical mass level • Special and Differential treatment for developing countries

  4. Product Coverage • What products should be included.

  5. Target End Rates • Elimination • Harmonization (Over and above formula)

  6. Implementation Schedule • Immediately • Same as standard (formula) • Others

  7. Critical Mass Level • What constitutes a critical mass of participants. • How to determine threshold. Trade = Imp + Exp

  8. Determining Threshold

  9. S & D for Developing • Longer implementation period • Zero – for – X • Limited products exemption

  10. Currently under discussion / / / / / / / / / / / Cosponsor / / / / initiated Consult Results No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Competitive (study of CITS) Fair N/A N/A Fair Fair Fair N/A High N/A Fair N/A N/A N/A Fair Sectors Auto & related parts Bicycle & related parts Chemicals Electronics/electrical Fish & fish products Footwear Forest products Gems & jewelry Hand tools Leather products Pharma & Med. Devices Raw Materials Sports equipments Textile & Clothing

  11. Current Status

  12. Q & A ? Thank You.