15. Each member undertakes to review, on the territory of the first Member State, the consultations of another member on the measures relating to the operation of the 1994 GATT and to provide an opportunity for sufficient consultation. It is clear from this definition that the current formulation of the provisions of the PTA in the WTO system is not only an exception to a trade principle (MFN), but rather runs counter to the fundamental principles of the organization and that the ptA rules appear to be superior to those of the WTO. It`s true; THE EDPs are a creation of the WTO, but the way they operate makes it comparable to the WTO and even almost superior. PTAs can now be considered “multiplied MCSEs” in different parts of the world. They sometimes take more restrictive measures than WTO rules. One of the most egregious examples is the more TRIPS measures taken in some bilateral agreements between developed and developing countries. Developed countries negotiate agreements with developing countries that are much more demanding in terms of intellectual property rights (IR) than the WTO TRIPS agreement. If the WTO does not address such situations, the TRIPS agreement could soon be replaced. It is important to act as quickly as possible on these issues, as the delay in the Doha round of multilateral negotiations plays a role in the dissemination of EPZs.
2. For the purposes of this agreement, a customs territory is defined as any territory in which separate tariffs or other trade regimes are maintained for a substantial part of that territory`s trade with other territories. Negotiations to clarify and improve WTO disciplines with respect to ATRs are covered by the work of the Internal Settlement Negotiating Group, which reports to the Trade Negotiations Committee. The current Director-General of the WTO is Roberto Avédo, who manages a staff of more than 600 people in Geneva, Switzerland.  On 7 December 2013, all members agreed on an agreement on trade facilitation, which is part of the Bali Decision Package, the first comprehensive agreement in the organization`s history.  On 23 January 2017, the amendment to the WTO Agreement on Trade-Related Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) is the first time that WTO agreements have been amended since the organization opened in 1995, and this amendment should ensure that developing countries have a legal means of using affordable prices under WTO rules.  The WTO deals with the regulation of trade in goods, services and intellectual property between participating countries by imposing a framework for negotiating trade agreements and a dispute settlement procedure to enforce WTO agreements signed by representatives of member governments:fol.9-10 and ratified by their parliaments.  The WTO prohibits discrimination between trading partners, but provides exceptions for environmental protection, national security and other important objectives.  Trade disputes are settled by independent WTO judges in dispute resolution proceedings.  Agreements for the two main sectors of goods and services have a common three-part framework, although the details are sometimes quite different.
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