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TRADE/WP.4/GE.2/102/Rev.1
22 February 1996

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ECONOMIC COMMISSION FOR EUROPE
COMMITTEE ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF TRADE

Working Party on Facilitation of
International Trade Procedures
Meeting of Experts on Procedures and
Documentation (GE.2)
(Fifty-third session, 20 March 1996)
   

PROVISIONAL AGENDA FOR THE FIFTY-THIRD SESSION

to be held in the Palais des Nations, Geneva, starting at 10 a.m.
on Wednesday 20 March 1996

1. Adoption of the agenda TRADE/WP.4/GE.2/102/Rev.1 Word Perfect format
2. Election of Officers
3. Programme of work and priorities TRADE/WP.4/165
TRADE/WP.4/R.1000 Word Perfect format
TRADE/WP.4/R.1000/Corr.1 Word Perfect format
TRADE/WP.4/R.1199  
4. Analysis of the International Trade Transaction (ITT) TRADE/WP.4/R.1200  
5. Implementation of ECE/FAL Recommendations ECE/TRADE/200
(a) Recommendation No.4 "National Trade Facilitation Organizations" TRADE/WP.4/R.898/Rev.6 Word Perfect format
(b) Recommendation No.10 "Ships' codes" TRADE/WP.4/R.1201 Word Perfect format
(c) Recommendation No.12 "Measures to facilitate transport documents procedures" TRADE/WP.4/R.1218Word Perfect format
(d) Recommendation No. 17" PAYTERMS - Abbreviations for Terms of Payment" TRADE/WP.4/R.1202
(e) Recommendation No.18 "Facilitation measures related to international trade procedures" TRADE/WP.4/R.1203
TRADE/WP.4/CRP.47
6. Revision of the Kyoto Convention TRADE/WP.4/R.1172 Word Perfect format
TRADE/WP.4/R.1204
7. Trade documents names and functions

8.

Aligned forms and the Trade Data Elements Directory (UNTDED) TRADE/WP.4/R.1205

9.

Legal/commercial aspects of trade facilitation TRADE/WP.4/CRP.46

10.

Any other business ECE/TRADE/201
ECE/TRADE/202
ECE/TRADE/203
ECE/TRADE/204
ECE/TRADE/205

11.

Adoption of the Report of the fifty-third session

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EXPLANATORY NOTES TO THE PROVISIONAL AGENDA

    Introduction

  1. The provisional agenda for the fifty-third session of the Meeting of Experts on Procedures and Documentation (GE.2) has been established in accordance with decisions taken by the Working Party on Facilitation of International Trade Procedures at its forty-second session in September 1995.

  2. The provisional timetable presented below has been agreed upon by the Bureau of the Working Party on Facilitation of International Trade Procedures for its forty-third session and for the sessions of its Meetings of Experts. t is expected that the experts of GE.1 and GE.2 will have a joint session on egal issues in the morning of 21 March 1996.

                                                          
                                        a.m.            p.m.
    
     Monday         18 March 1996      Informal Meeting GE.1          
     Tuesday        19 March 1996       GE.1            GE.1
     Wednesday      20 March 1996       GE.2            GE.2
     Thursday       21 March 1996       GE.1/GE.2     Informal Meeting   
     Friday         22 March 1996       WP.4            WP.4
                                                               
    

  3. Informal meetings of delegations will take place the Monday, 18 March tarting at 10.00 and continuing until 13.00 and the Thursday, 21 March tarting at 15.00 and continuing until 18.00. The meeting on 18 March will resent the interim reports from the three ad hoc groups established at the September 1995 session to develop the plans and terms of reference necessary for implementation of the Re-engineering proposal approved at the September 1995 WP.4 meeting. The meeting on 21 March will be to debate and discuss these same documents. In the context of trade facilitation work, the word "delegations" refers not only to countries but also to international organizations regularly represented at meetings.

    Item 1 - Adoption of the agenda

  4. In accordance with the Commission's Rules of Procedures, the first item on the provisional agenda (document TRADE/WP.4/GE.2/102) is the adoption of the agenda.

    Item 2 - Election of Officers

  5. In accordance with the Commission's Rules of Procedures and established practice, the Meeting is expected to elect a Chairman and Vice-Chairmen for the year 1996. In 1995, Mr. E. Goffin (Belgium) was elected as Chairman and Mrs. C. Wallen-Rahlen (Sweden) and Mr. A. Filippov (Russian Federation) as Vice-Chairmen of the Meeting of Experts for 1995.

    Item 3 - Programme of work and priorities

  6. In the light of progress made since the twenty-eighth session of the Working Party (September 1989) when the current version of the programme of work (TRADE/WP.4/165) was approved, the Meeting of Experts agreed to start with its amendment on the basis of the proposals made by its Chairman. Document TRADE/WP.4/R.1000 and its Corrigendum 1 are the secretariat inputs on the subject.

  7. Document TRADE/WP.4/R.1199 contains the report from the Bureau on the work of three re-engineering teams established at the September 1995 session of WP.4 and information on the decisions taken by the forty-fourth session of the Committee on the Development of Trade in December 1995.

    Item 4 - Analysis of the International Trade Transaction (ITT)

  8. Document Trade/WP.4/R.1200 contains the report by the steering group of the Maintenance Agency for the International Trade Transaction (ITT) modelling activities since the 52d session of GE.2.

    Item 5 - Implementation of ECE/FAL Recommendations

  9. The Meeting of Experts considers during its sessions the questions of implementation of specific measures falling under the respective programme items of work. In accordance with the decision taken by WP.4 at the session in September 1994, the secretariat published all the Recommendations approved by the Working Party (document ECE/TRADE/200).

    (a) Recommendation No. 4 "National Trade Facilitation Organizations"

  10. To encourage a discussion on the development of national and regional committees on facilitation of international trade procedures and the revision of Recommendation 4, the secretariat has amended the list of existing committees and focal points (document TRADE/WP.4/R.898/Rev.6).

    (b) Recommendation No.10 "Ships' codes"

  11. Document TRADE/WP.4/R.1201 prepared by ICS contains proposals for revision of this Recommendation.

    (c) Recommendation No.12 "Measures to facilitate transport documents procedures"p>

  12. Document TRADE/WP.4/R.1218 prepared by ICS is an information paper on the implementation of this Recommendation.

    (d) Recommendation No. 17 "PAYTERMS - Abbreviations for Terms of Payment"

  13. Document TRADE/WP.4/R.1202 prepared by the secretariat contains the evaluation of this Recommendation.

    (e) Recommendation No.18 "Facilitation measures related to international trade procedures"

  14. It is expected that the Chairman of the Meeting will report on the main issues of the World Bank study on Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI). Delegations will report on the activities in this field and possibly on other issues in respect of Recommendation No.18 on the basis of the position paper prepared by the IECC in cooperation with the delegation of the United Kingdom (TRADE/WP.4/R.1203)Document TRADE/WP.4/CRP.47 is a report of the International Federation of Inspection Agencies on the PSI procedure prepared in accordance with the decision of the September 1995 session of GE.2.

    Item 6 - Revision of the Kyoto Convention

  15. Document TRADE\WP.4\R.1204 is a discussion paper on the subject taking into account document TRADE\WP.4\R.1172, which contains the Customs segment of the Recommendations made at the UNCTAD Symposium on Trade Efficiency held in Columbus in October 1994.

    Item 7 - Trade documents names and functions

  16. At the previous session it was agreed to revert to this subject after finalization of the WP.4 re-engineering process.

    Item 8 - Aligned forms and the Trade Data Elements Directory (UNTDED)

  17. Document TRADE/WP.4/R.1205 prepared by the secretariat contains the ISO methodological information on the subject.

    Item 9 - Legal and commercial aspects of trade facilitation

  18. Document TRADE/WP.4/CRP.46 contains the report from the Legal Rapporteurs. This document is for information and discussion.

    Item 10 - Other business

  19. Documents ECE/TRADE/201, ECE/TRADE/202, ECE/TRADE/203, ECE/TRADE/204 and ECE/TRADE/205 contain respectively the published versions of revised Recommendations No.3, 5, 9, 11, 16 and new Recommendations No.24, 25 and 26 approved at the session of WP.4 in September 1995.

    Item 11 - Adoption of the Report of the fifty-third session

  20. In accordance with established practice, the Meeting of Experts will adopt the Report of its fifty-third session in the form of a summary, prepared by the secretariat, of decisions taken during the session, to be presented to the Working Party for approval.
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