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AG/RES. 1720 (XXX-O/00)
5 June 2000
Original: Spanish 

RESOLUTION

TRADE AND INTEGRATION IN THE AMERICAS

(Adopted at the first plenary session, held on June 5, 2000,
pending review by the Style Committee) 

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY,

HAVING SEEN the Report of the Permanent Council and the Permanent Executive Committee of the Inter-American Council for Integral Development on the implementation of resolution AG/RES. 1689 (XXIX-O/99);

RECALLING resolutions AG/RES. 1689 (XXIX-O/99), AG/RES. 1581 (XXVIII-O/98), AG/RES. 1516 (XXVII-O/97), AG/RES. 1430 (XXVI-O/96), CIDI/RES. 99 (V-O/00), CIDI/RES. 63 (IV-O/99), and CIDI/RES. 46 (III-O/98), entitled "Trade and Integration in the Americas"; AG/RES. 1534 (XXVIII-O/98), "Support for and Follow-up to the Summits of the Americas Initiatives"; AG/RES. 1438 (XXVI-O/96), "Relationship between the Special Committee on Trade and the Inter-American Council for Integral Development"; AG/RES. 1349 (XXV-O/95), "Inter-American Summits Management"; and resolution AG/RES. 1220 (XXIII-O/93), "Establishment of the Special Committee on Trade (SCT)", in which member states noted that the Organization of American States is an appropriate hemispheric forum for dialogue on trade matters;

BEARING IN MIND the Declaration of Santiago of the Second Summit of the Americas in which the Heads of State and Government of the Hemisphere directed their ministers responsible for international trade to begin negotiations for the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) and reaffirmed their determination to conclude the negotiation of the FTAA no later than 2005, and in which they also reaffirmed their determination to make concrete progress by the end of this century, and expressed their appreciation for the significant contribution of the Tripartite Committee;

NOTING WITH SATISFACTION the Ministerial Declaration of San José adopted by the Ministers of Trade at their Fourth Ministerial Meeting in San José, Costa Rica, in March 1998, in which they recommended to their Heads of State and Government that they initiate negotiation of the FTAA in accordance with the objectives, principles, structure, venue, and other decisions set forth in their Declaration, and acknowledged and again expressed their appreciation to the Tripartite Committee for the technical and logistical support given during the preparatory phase of the FTAA negotiations and requested that the respective institutions of the Tripartite Committee continue to provide the appropriate existing resources necessary to respond positively to requests for technical support from FTAA entities, including reallocation for this purpose if necessary;

NOTING the Ministerial Declaration of Toronto adopted by the Ministers of Trade at their fifth meeting in Toronto, Canada, in November 1999, in which they "recognize and appreciate the analytical, technical, and financial support that continues to be provided by the institutions comprising the Tripartite Committee…. This support has been essential to the conduct of the negotiations to date, and we ask the institutions of the Tripartite Committee to continue to provide such assistance for FTAA-related matters";

CONSIDERING that economic diversification and integration, trade liberalization and market access constitute one of the priorities established in the Strategic Plan for Partnership for Development 1997-2001 and that the process of creating the FTAA is a fundamental element in this context; and

REAFFIRMING the commitment of the Organization of American States to support the process of free trade and economic integration in the Hemisphere and to reiterate the importance of the contribution of the General Secretariat and in particular the Trade Unit to this process,

RESOLVES:

1. To take note of the Report of the Permanent Council and the Permanent Executive Committee of the Inter-American Council for Integral Development (CEPCIDI) on compliance with resolution AG/RES. 1689 (XXIX-O/99), "Trade and Integration in the Americas."

2. To accept the recommendation of the Chairman of the SCT, based on his consultations with member states of the SCT, to maintain the status quo, that is, to maintain the existence of the SCT without convening the Committee.

3. To instruct the General Secretariat to continue providing analytical support and technical assistance through the Trade Unit, and conducting related studies as part of the Tripartite Committee or as requested by the respective bodies established in the Ministerial Declarations of San José, under the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) process.

4. To instruct the General Secretariat to continue providing technical assistance related to FTAA issues to member countries that request it, particularly the smaller economies, as requested by the Trade Ministers in the Ministerial Declarations of San José.

5. To reiterate support for the collaborative activities on trade and integration of the Tripartite Committee, and to recognize the contribution to those activities of other specialized regional, subregional, and multilateral organizations and of regional and subregional institutions.

6. To instruct the Permanent Council to continue to provide the appropriate existing resources necessary to respond positively to requests for technical support from FTAA entities, including reallocation for this purpose if necessary.

7. To instruct the General Secretariat to submit, by November 15, 2000, the 2001 annual Work Plan of activities of the Trade Unit to CEPCIDI for its consideration and approval.

8. To instruct the General Secretariat to continue providing semi-annual written progress reports on the activities of the Trade Unit, including information on its level of budget execution to the Permanent Council and CEPCIDI for their review.

9. To instruct the Foreign Trade Information System (SICE) to continue its work in providing trade and trade-related information to the Hemisphere through its Internet web site; to continue its work in support of the FTAA process by maintaining, as a member of the Tripartite Committee, the official FTAA web site; to maintain, as a member of the Tripartite Committee, on an ongoing basis a calendar of deadlines established by the Negotiating Groups for inputs from delegations; and to manage, as a member of the Tripartite Committee, the Document Distribution Service (DDS), a secure, confidential, instant, and reliable distribution system and historical archive of the FTAA negotiation process documents.

10. To recognize the important achievements of the Foreign Trade Information System (SICE) in particular the measures taken to broaden its trade and trade-related information and its client base and to support it’s continued operations.

11. To direct that the mandates in the preceding paragraphs be executed within the allocated resources approved in the program-budget and other resources.

12. To request the Permanent Council and CEPCIDI to report to the General Assembly at its thirty first regular session on the implementation of this resolution.

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