WTO, Singapore Ministerial Declaration (Adopted on 13 December 1996)
Textiles and Clothing
15. We confirm our commitment to full and faithful implementation of the provisions of the Agreement on Textiles and Clothing (ATC).?We stress the importance of the integration of textile products, as provided for in the ATC, into GATT 1994 under its strengthened rules and disciplines because of its systemic significance for the rule-based, non-discriminatory trading system and its contribution to the increase in export earnings of developing countries.? We attach importance to the implementation of this Agreement so as to ensure an effective transition to GATT 1994 by way of integration which is progressive in character.?The use of safeguard measures in accordance with ATC provisions should be as sparing as possible.?We note concerns regarding the use of other trade distortive measures and circumvention.?We reiterate the importance of fully implementing the provisions of the ATC relating to small suppliers, new entrants and least-developed country Members, as well as those relating to cotton-producing exporting Members.?We recognize the importance of wool products for some developing country Members.?We reaffirm that as part of the integration process and with reference to the specific commitments undertaken by the Members as a result of the Uruguay Round, all Members shall take such action as may be necessary to abide by GATT 1994 rules and disciplines so as to achieve improved market access for textiles and clothing products.?We agree that, keeping in view its quasi-judicial nature, the Textiles Monitoring Body (TMB) should achieve transparency in providing rationale for its findings and recommendations.?We expect that the TMB shall make findings and recommendations whenever called upon to do so under the Agreement.?We emphasize the responsibility of the Goods Council in overseeing, in accordance with Article IV:5 of the WTO Agreement and Article 8 of the ATC, the functioning of the ATC, whose implementation is being supervised by the TMB.
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