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  1. The Telecom Initiative and WTO Non Tariff Barriers proposals Update May 2009 Per Döfnäs Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson

  2. UNECE Telecom Initiative - status • There has been limited interest from Member Countries towards applying the International Model to the ICT sector • The proposed Common Regulatory Objectives under the Telecom Initiative provide practical examples of good regulatory practice • There are proposals in the WTO addressing Non Tariff Barriers for the products under the Telecom Initiative

  3. NTB proposals for ICT in WTO • NAMA “Draft Modalities for Non-Agricultural Market Access, Third Revision”, TN/MA/W/103/Rev.3 (dated 6 December 2008), Annex V “Textual NTB Proposals”, • European Communities: Proposal VI (the Telecom Initiative corresponds to conformity assessment “option a”) • United States: Proposal XI • Information Technology Agreement (ITA) • European Communities: “Review of the ITA”, G/IT/W/28 (TN/MA/W/107) (dated 15 September 2008) • The NTB part indicates a scope similar to the EC NAMA proposal (but obviously limited to “ITA-products” • There has not been any activity leading to practical work on either of these proposals

  4. WTO Propsals NAMA: Covering ”electronics” (EC),”electronic goods” (US) Electromagnetic compatibility and safety International standards Conformity assessment Transparency Establishing permanent working party/committee UNECE Telecom Initiative Initially 8 ICT products (covered by NAMA/ITA proposals) Electromagnetic compatibility, safety and radio International standards Conformity assessment Transparency Complementary Synergies between WTO NTBs and UNECE International Model