WTO Annual Report for 2004

The first of four reports to appear each year is now avail­able.
bq. The organization’s annu­al report to its mem­bers and the pub­lic on insti­tu­tion­al mat­ters, includ­ing descrip­tions of its main activ­i­ties and infor­ma­tion on its bud­get and staff. The Annu­al Report is pub­lished in the first half of each year. (“WTO”:http://www.wto.org/english/res_e/reser_e/annual_report_e.htm) The annu­al report is a full record of activites at WTO but not the main report on events in world trade (due out in a month or so). It was a year of more miss­es than hits for WTO: bq. One major achieve­ment was an his­toric deal on access to essen­tial med­i­cines which should help poor countries,lacking the capac­i­ty to man­u­fac­ture drugs cru­cial for address­ing pub­lic health crises,make use of the com­pul­so­ry licens­ing pro­vi­sions in the WTO’s TRIPS Agreement.However,in gen­er­al the [Doha Round] nego­ti­a­tions did not move for­ward as far or fast as anticipated,with impor­tant spring dead­lines in agri­cul­tur­al and non-agri­cul­tur­al mar­ket access and on dis­pute set­tle­ment being missed. Likewise,the WTO’s Fifth Min­is­te­r­i­al Con­fer­ence pro­duced some sig­nif­i­cant advances, includ­ing in dif­fi­cult and polit­i­cal­ly sen­si­tive areas.Ministers,however,were unable to reach agree­ment dur­ing this short peri­od of time on an agreed text which would serve as a frame­work for guid­ing the nego­ti­a­tions to a con­clu­sion

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