Expert Group Meeting for Least Developed Countries: Way forward on the WTO Ministerial Decision on preferential rules of origin

08 April 2014
Room XI, Palais des Nations
, Switzerland


UNCTAD is organizing an Expert Group Meeting with the joint collaboration of Netherlands, focusing on the current status of preferential rules of origin and FTAs-challenges on drafting rules of origin.

The main objectives of the UNCTAD Expert Group meeting in Geneva are to discuss and brainstorm on the following topics:

  • How to provide an overview of the status of preferential rules of origin and the value of the Ministerial decision on the preferential rules of origin: can we move on?

  • How to provide a detailed information on the challenges in drafting preferential rules of origin, a possible UNCTAD methodology and the certification requirements related to origin?

  • Interactive discussions on the various options and modalities to bring forward the focus on the other issues that may be relevant in dynamic LDC agenda like trade facilitation and what are the overall prospects of an LDC package in Bali and beyond.

The final outcome of the meeting will also assist UNCTAD and LDCs to identify future areas of activities and studies to be undertaken.

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