9. Transparency in July 2021 draft agriculture negotiations text

The draft aims for decisions at the November 30–December 3, 2021 ministerial conference (“MC12”)

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By Peter Ungphakorn

Note: the official July 29, 2021 draft text for the WTO agriculture negotiations is here with a minor correction here. Links to all sections are here.

This page combines the two sections of the text on transparency, the chair’s assessment, and her draft

9             TRANSPARENCY

9.1.         Transparency is considered as an important cross-cutting issue by several Members, as illustrated by a recent submission by some Members.12 The text should be considered in light of the various transparency-related provisions included in the proposed decisions on the various negotiating topics aimed at finding a comprehensive way forward on this issue after MC12 in the Committee on Agriculture which may necessitate changes to document G/AG/2.

12 JOB/AG/213.

9.2.        The text also addresses the role of the Secretariat in respect of technical assistance and the development of IT tools.

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The Ministerial Conference,

Having regard to paragraph 1 of Article IX of the Marrakesh Agreement Establishing the World Trade Organization;

Emphasizing the importance of transparency at the WTO, and in particular its contribution towards ensuring fair, effective, and resilient agricultural markets;

In the context of modernizing and streamlining transparency obligations in order to make them more useful whilst not unreasonably burdensome;

Welcoming the various transparency enhancing elements contained in other Ministerial Decisions adopted as part of the outcome on agriculture at the Twelfth Ministerial Conference;

Taking note of the proposals made by Members in this regard;

Decides as follows:

1.             Further to the provisions in Article 18 of the Agreement on Agriculture and in document G/AG/2 of 30 June 1995 on “Notification requirements and formats”, Members commit to enhancing transparency to improve monitoring in all areas of agriculture.

2.            The WTO Secretariat is directed to provide information on a regular basis to the Committee on Agriculture on available technical assistance, including examples of recent cooperation, in an effort to assist Members in preparing notifications pursuant to document G/AG/2 and fulfilling other relevant transparency and monitoring requirements.

3.             Members welcome the development of information technology (IT) tools through the Agriculture Informational Management System (Ag-IMS) to facilitate data processing and on-line data submission by Members in implementing their notifications obligations pursuant to document G/AG/2 and other relevant transparency and monitoring requirements.

4.            [Members agree to establish a work programme under the auspices of the Committee on Agriculture to implement all revisions and additions to document G/AG/2 that Members agreed to explore in other Ministerial Decisions adopted as part of the outcome on agriculture at the Twelfth Ministerial Conference by [date].]

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