On the whole, there is no doubt this agreement will improve trading conditions for Australian farmers, and must be seen as a baseline template for future plurilateral agreements
At the same time we also believe that bilateral and plurilateral agreements
can play an important role in facilitating the multi-lateral system, particularly in the light of the stalled Doha Round.
If the WTO is unable to move forward on the TFA, it may be possible for member countries to secure similar plurilateral agreements
outside of the WTO framework.
While this remains significantly less than the 90%-95% ratio achieved in recent plurilateral agreements
brokered at the WTO in the areas of information technology, basic telecommunications or financial services, it is far from trivial in potential market access terms.
Lamy is concerned about different, and perhaps contradictory, industry standards and regulatory regimes that the parties in various bilateral and plurilateral agreements
may commit themselves to.
Lamy is particularly concerned about different, and perhaps contradictory, industry standards and regulatory regimes that the parties in various bilateral and plurilateral agreements
may commit themselves to.
What keeps on surprising us is that those commitments written in our Accession Protocols go beyond the obligations that we have to respect in multilateral and even in plurilateral agreements
of the WTO, commitments that [other] Members .
152) These ever-changing interim agreements and other plurilateral agreements
that only bound the parties that agreed to them often served as "as an intermediate way station on the road to multilateral acceptance.
To promote trade and investment liberalization, Asian leaders should continue to support the Doha Round, while also accelerating trade integration via the consolidation of bilateral and plurilateral agreements
into a region-wide agreement, and ensuring that these agreements be as open and non-discriminatory as possible as well as WTO-consistent.
Active discussions and rule-making for new trade issues and development of a foundation for multilateral trade rules through FTAs and plurilateral agreements
are required as well.
Two further articles address the plurilateral agreements
, which are binding only on some WTO member states, namely the Agreement on Government Procurement (Peter Trepte) and the Agreement on Trade in Civil Aircraft (Richard Cunningham and Peter Lichtenbaum).
within the WTO, service sector agreements that involve both trade officials and domestic regulators, combined trade and development initiatives under the joint auspices of the WTO and the World Bank, and mini-rounds are just some of the options.