In order to limit abuse of WTO rules by China, Europe's leaders want to be able to negotiate new, clearer rules, either through the framework of a bilateral investment agreement or through a plurilateral agreement
on public procurement.
Besides, in Nairobi the EU has contributed to the formal conclusion of the new Information Technology Agreement (ITA 2)--a plurilateral agreement
which extends the scope of the earlier ITA agreement signed under the WTO in 1996.
The two governments announced that they had reached an understanding on products to be covered under a new Information Technology Agreement (ITA), a plurilateral agreement
being negotiated among 70 members of the World Trade Organization (WTO).
He said Pakistan is the only country from Asia, which is negotiating the plurilateral agreement
on trade in services to get market access for its services providers and exporters.
He also points to the plurilateral Agreement
on Government Procurement (GPA), which has just been revised, and comprises specific rules on the opening up of public markets, as well as on transparency and non-discrimination.
Rather, it was concluded as a plurilateral agreement
at the WTO's Singapore Ministerial Conference in December 1996.
This plurilateral agreement
is now all but approved and is designed to protecting knitwear and other manufacturers against illicit copies through tough criminal penalties for counterfeiters.
Over the next decade (after the Doha Round is concluded or abandoned), the best prospect is for a plurilateral agreement
reached among a subset of WTO members.
The timing of the initiative, she explained, is due to a "window of opportunity" at the World Trade Organisation regarding the renegotiation of the existing plurilateral Agreement
on Government Procurement, in force since 1996, of which the EU is a signatory, along with several other countries including the USA.
A number of countries decided that it was better to have a plurilateral agreement
rather than multilateral nothing,'' Lamy added, citing the example of a previous agreement on government procurement under which WTO member states took the same approach as the commission now plans to introduce.
In line with our open policy, Singapore is also a member of the 1994 World Trade Organization (WTO) plurilateral agreement
Also, the WTO has the institutional infrastructure and capacity to cater to negotiating and monitoring an agreement on international competition rules (possibly in the form of a plurilateral agreement
between a more limited number of signatories than full WTO membership).