Peter Mandelson writes to Shahzada Alam Monnoo regarding signalling conference

Geneva - 4 March 2008

The EC, Commissioner for Trade, Mr. Peter Mandelson has written to Commerce Minister, Shahzada Alam Monnoo regarding preparatory bilateral meetings for a Services Ministerial level signalling meeting of major trading partners. The singalling meeting will be held to exchange information on the possible content of services revised final offers in response to the bilateral and plurilateral requests exchanged in the current round. He has stated that to enable the EC to agree on Agriculture and NAMA modalities they will need to know first what their trading partners are ready to put on the table in their future services offers. The Services signalling meeting is expected to be held at the end of the Agriculture and NAMA, Ministerial in end March-early April 2008.