Second LDC Trade Ministers' Meeting
Dhaka, Bangladesh, 31st May - 2nd June 2003




Criteria for LDCs


List of LDC Countries


Programme of LDC


Trust Fund






Third UN Conference on the LDCs, Brussels


Note by the Secretariat
World Trade Organization - WT/COMTD/LDC/INF/1 28 May 2003

I.  Introduction

1. The Second Trade Ministers Meeting of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) is scheduled to take place in Dhaka on 2 June 2003.  The Ministerial meeting is to be preceded by a Senior Officials meeting from 31 May to 1 June 2003.  This Ministerial Meeting will enable the LDCs to identify and review issues of common interest within the context of the Doha Development Agenda, and to develop a common position for the 5th WTO Ministerial Conference to be held in Cancún in September 2003.

2. This note provides an overview of the Doha Development Agenda negotiations and work programme, as well as an update on LDC specific developments since the 4th WTO Ministerial Conference held in Doha, Qatar, in November 2001.


II. Overview of the Doha development agenda Negotiations and work programme

3. The Least Developed Countries' participation in the work of the WTO and in the negotiations has increased significantly since the establishment of the WTO Least Developed Countries Consultative Group (LDC Consultative Group).  The LDC Consultative Group provides the forum within which LDCs consult, coordinate and formulate common positions with regard to the negotiations.

4. This section provides an overview of the Doha Development Agenda (DDA) negotiations and Work Programme, as mandated by the Doha Ministerial Declaration, in Agriculture; Services; Non-Agricultural Market Access; Rules; Special and Differential Treatment; Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS); Trade and Environment; Dispute Settlement Understanding (DSU); Implementation Issues; and, Singapore Issues.

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