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General Council

  1. Council for Trade in Goods (CTG) is responsible for the workings of the WTO agreements dealing with Trade in Goods, including the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT).

  2. CTG has several subsidiary bodies dealing with specific subjects under goods such as agriculture, market access, subsidies and countervailing measures, anti-dumping, sanitary and phytosanitary measures, technical barriers to trade, and so on. The working party on state trading enterprises and Information Technology Agreement (ITA) Committee also report to the council.

  1. Council for Trade in Services (CTS) is responsible for facilitating the operation of the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) and for furthering its objectives. It oversees the work of four subsidiary bodies: Committee on Trade in Financial Services, the Committee on Specific Commitments, the Working Party on Domestic Regulation and the Working Party on GATS Rules.

  2. CTS takes note of members' notifications regarding GATS provisions. It currently has two standing items on its agenda: the operationalization of the LDC services waiver and the Work Programme on electronic commerce.

  1. TRIPS Council is responsible for administering and monitoring the operation of TRIPS Agreement, which also serves as a forum for discussion between members on key issues in its regular meetings. TRIPS Agreement plays a central role in facilitating trade in knowledge and creativity, in resolving trade disputes over IP, and in assuring members the latitude to achieve domestic policy objectives.

  2. In its special sessions, the TRIPS Council serves as a forum for negotiations on a multilateral system of notification and registration of geographical indications (GIs) for wines and spirits.

  3. Transparency mechanisms help the TRIPS Council to monitor the operation of TRIPS Agreement and promote the understanding of members’ intellectual property policies and legal systems. These mechanisms include WTO members' notifications, responses to checklists of questions, reviews of implementing legislation, reports on technical assistance and technology transfer, and contact points.

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