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IT Negotiations to Resume in Geneva

Last updated: 14.10.2013 // The group of countries negotiating an expansion of the WTO Information Technology Agreement (ITA) is resuming negotiations 21 October after talks were suspended in July. Diverging ambitions between participants led to the suspension of talks prior to the summer break in Geneva.

Negotiations started on 1 June 2012 with only six members and now there are close to 30 members (counting the EU as one) taking part. This group of countries represents over 90 per cent of global trade in products covered by the current ITA.

Norway has been a part of the negotiations since last summer and is working actively to achieve a broad and ambitious package for the ITA expansion, as well as to include products of particular interest to Norwegian industry for example products related to navigation and surveying that were not covered by the original ITA.

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