G8 Evian Co-operative G8 Action on Trade

Sectors : International trade: market access, subsidies and aid for trade, Health and technology
Organisation : G8
Date made: 
Heads of State

Commitments in: Trade - International trade: market access, subsidies and aid for trade

"2. We will promote the multilateral system by providing leadership in the ongoing negotiations so that improved access to markets for all WTO members is realised, particularly for the poorest, to ensure their integration into the multilateral system, and their development more broadly. We are therefore committed to delivering on schedule, by the end of 2004, the goals set out in the Doha Development Agenda, and to ensuring that the Cancun Ministerial Conference in September takes all decisions necessary to help reach that goal."


“3... we direct our ministers and officials to pursue urgently with WTO partners the actions outlined below:
3.1 Work towards an agreed framework for finalising the negotiations to achieve further substantial opening of trade in all areas...
...3.2 Work towards strengthening the existing WTO rules and disciplines, as well as developing further multilateral rules,...
3.3 Establish a multilateral solution in the WTO to address the problems faced by developing countries with insufficient or no manufacturing capacities in the pharmaceutical sector, before the Cancun Ministerial...
3.4 In accordance with the Doha mandate, seek agreement on the negotiating modalities for each of the four Singapore issues of investment, competition, transparency in government procurement and trade facilitation
3.5 Deliver capacity building technical assistance to developing countries in need to help them participate fully in WTO negotiations, implement trade agreements, and respond to the trade opportunities created, in co−operation with other bilateral and multilateral donors...
...3.6 Better integrate trade, finance and development policies, and by using relevant institutions, make trade an engine for economic growth and help developing countries make the transition to full participants in the global economy; improve our preferential trade agreements and/or programmes with developing countries, in terms of increased market opportunities, stimulating regional integration and trade between developing country partners, and ensuring that the rules and procedures underpinning programmes and/or trade agreements do not constitute barriers to the enjoyment of the referential benefits nor impede multilateral trade liberalisation envisioned as part of the Doha agenda. We will each work to ensure that the rules (particularly rules of origin provisions and documentation requirements) do not inadvertently preclude eligible developing countries from taking
advantage of preference programmes.”