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APEC Telecommunications & Information Working Group

Best Practices for Implementing the WTO Telecommunications

Reference Paper

Bill Scott

Director, Trade Policy

[email protected]



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  • March 2002 (TEL25) – Proposal was submitted to assist TEL members to strengthen members’ common understanding of the WTO Agreement on Basic Telecommunications, including the Reference Paper.

  • TEL established a drafting committee (Australia, Canada, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, China, Indonesia, Philippines, Japan and United States) to develop the “Best Practices for Implementing the WTO Telecommunications Reference Paper”

  • The draft guide was discussed at TEL 30 (September 2004).

  • Final guide to be presented to APEC Telecommunications Ministers for endorsement mid-2005.



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  • Provide APEC member economies with a better understanding of the commitments made in the WTO Telecommunications Reference Paper by:

    • Providing real world examples to illustrate the meaning and principles contained in the paper; and

    • Showcase best practices in implementing the commitments made in the reference paper to guide effective implementation.



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  • Introduction

  • Chapter 1 – Definitions

  • Chapter 2 – Competitive Safeguards

  • Chapter 3 – Interconnection

  • Chapter 4 – Universal Service

  • Chapter 5 – Licensing Criteria

  • Chapter 6 – Independent Regulators

  • Chapter 7 – Allocation and Use of Scarce Resources

  • Appendix






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  • Best Practices for Regional Trade Agreements & Free Trade Agreements (APEC wide)

  • Progress Towards Implementing the WTO Telecommunications Reference Paper (APEC TEL)



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