World Trade Organisation (WTO) will later this month resume negotiations on expanding the coverage of its Information Technology Agreement which proposes the elimination of tariffs on certain IT products.
The body is also expected to discuss the issue of mandatory key escrow, currently a topic under hot debate in the UK.
At the last WTO meeting in December (see Newswire 14 December, 1998), most members - including the European Union and US - accepted the proposals for the elimination of tariffs, but a number were opposed to the inclusion of electronic consumer goods.
India in particular expressed serious concern that certain security related products that it considered to be non IT products were on the list.
The negotiations continue on 22 February.
According to the WTO, several participants in December?s meeting had proposed setting up a symposium later this year on information technology that would include members of the IT community, but no date has been set.
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