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WTOSlide 1 The WTO TBT Agreement ITU-WTO Workshop on Telecom & ICT Regulation Geneva, 2 December 2004 Erik Wijkström WTO Trade and Environment Division.

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1 WTOSlide 1 The WTO TBT Agreement ITU-WTO Workshop on Telecom & ICT Regulation Geneva, 2 December 2004 Erik Wijkström WTO Trade and Environment Division

2 WTOSlide 2 % NTBs tariffs

3 WTOSlide 3 Avoid: unnecessary barriers to trade Allow: regulatory autonomy (legitimate objectives) Use: international standards!

4 WTOSlide 4 Relevance of Telecom?

5 WTOSlide 5 TBT Notification related to Telecom

6 WTOSlide 6 All notifications

7 WTOSlide 7 TBT Agreement is applicable to: 1.3 All products, including industrial and agricultural products, shall be subject to the provisions of this Agreement.

8 WTOSlide 8 In the TBT Committee, approximately 120 specific trade concerns raised

9 WTOSlide 9 Telecom: equipment use of international standards

10 WTOSlide 10 (selected observer international organizations in TBT Committee)

11 WTOSlide 11 Telecom: equipment use of international standards certification requirements approval

12 WTOSlide 12 Conformity Assessment Familiar WTO disciplines (MFN, NT...) TBT Committee renewed emphasis March 2005 Workshop on SDoC Early 2006 workshop o different approaches June 2004 Special Meeting on CAP

13 WTOSlide 13 In sum... TBT covers all goods telecom equipment standards / conformity assessment TBT Committee: work program 21 March 2004 Workshop on SDoC objective:NTBs

14 WTOSlide 14


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