A4T 2019 Session 7: Making the Grade: How TBT and SPS promote regulatory cooperation and help you trade

Organizer OECD & WTO

WTO Library 2019-07-03 11:15-11:45

Heads of the OECD and WTO Secretariats will launch a joint publication: “Facilitating trade through regulatory cooperation: The case of the WTO’s TBT/ SPS Agreements and Committees”.

Diversity in regulation, while sometimes resulting from legitimate differences in societal preferences and priorities, can in some cases be narrowed to facilitate trade and promote better regulation. International regulatory cooperation (IRC) between Members, through various mechanisms and settings, can help to reduce trade costs while respecting differences in regulatory objectives.

This publication explores how the WTO TBT and SPS Agreements, and their related Committees, set out and implement disciplines for domestic regulations and standards that at the same time create opportunities for IRC to facilitate trade. It emphasizes how key disciplines of the Agreements (e.g. notification of draft measures, and the use of international standards) and practices of the Committees (e.g. discussion of specific trade concerns, development of guidance through decisions and recommendations) promote cooperation.

This publication was co-authored by the OECD and WTO Secretariats. It was developed within the framework of OECD work on IRC, as part of a series of case studies of international organizations.

Moderator

  • Céline Kauffmann Deputy Head, Regulatory Policy Division, Public Governance Directorate, Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development
  • Aik Hoe Lim Director, Trade and Environment Division, World Trade Organization

Panellists

  • Roberto Azevêdo Director-General, World Trade Organization
  • Angel Gurría Secretary-General, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

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