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Agadir Declaration


Agadir Declaration

 

Agreement on establishing a free trade area between the Mediterranean Arab countries

 

The Government of the Kingdom of Morocco and the Government of the Kingdom of Jordan and the Government of the Republic of Tunisia and the Government of Arab Republic of Egypt.

 

Implementation "of the Agadir Declaration" signed by the Government of the Kingdom of Morocco and the Government of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and the Government of the Republic of Tunisia and the Government of Arab Republic of Egypt, the Moroccan city of Agadir on 8/5/2001 on the establishment of a free trade zone comprising the Arab States of the Mediterranean.

*Starting from the ties of brotherhood between the Arab peoples of these countries and strong relations between them,

*The desire to develop economic and trade cooperation and support with each other on an equal basis in order to broaden the base of common interests and mutual benefit in various areas and to promote economic integration among them, promote development and progress for their sister,

*Believing in the importance of the work on the liberalization of trade among them, which collected the basis of bilateral agreements in this area, and through new forms appropriate to the nature of modern economic trends on the international and regional arenas, and the resulting requirements and challenges.


*In line with the Charter of the League of Arab States, and recognizing the importance of supporting joint Arab cooperation, and in order to implement the Free Trade Area of the Greater Arab development, and contribute to the efforts to establish an Arab common market


*In order to develop trade and liberalization, and supporting partnership (participation) in the Arab Mediterranean and encourage mutual investment between them, and make a more integrated economic-space and attractive for foreign investments,


*In view of what each party brings to partnership agreements (share) with the European Union and to achieve the objectives of the "Barcelona


Declaration" on the establishment of the Euro-Mediterranean free trade.


*In line with the principles and requirements of WTO agreements by which States Parties are members,

 

Agreed as follows:

 

Chapter I

General Provisions

Article I: Definitions

1- Under the agreement is the establishment of a free trade zone between the Kingdom of Morocco and the Kingdom of Jordan and the Republic of Tunisia and the Arab Republic of Egypt and the Arab Mediterranean countries which will join them later and referred to later in the region.


2- The members of the area hereinafter referred to as "States Parties", the countries that have ratified this Convention and all other Arab country referred to paragraph (1), which acceded to it.


3- Later referred to the agreement on establishing a free trade area between the Mediterranean Arab countries "the Convention.


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4- Institutions of the Convention is the Committee of Ministers of Foreign Affairs and the Committee of Ministers of Foreign Trade and its Technical Committee to follow up the implementation of this Convention and the Technical Unit for the care of the affairs of this Convention.

 

Article II

Objectives of the Convention

1- States Parties shall establish a free trade zone between them gradually over a transitional period not exceeding 1/1/2005 starting Mendjul into force in accordance with its provisions and in accordance with the provisions of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade 1994 and other agreements annexed to the Agreement establishing the World Trade Organization.

2- The establishment of a free trade area for the development of economic activity, and employment support, increase productivity and improve the standard of living within the States Parties.


3- Coordination of macroeconomic policies and sectoral States Parties with regard to: Foreign Trade and Agriculture (Agriculture), industry and the tax system and the financial and services, customs, so as to provide substantive competition among States Parties


 Bringing the legislation of the States Parties in the economic fields in order to provide a climate that favors the terms of the merger between the States Parties.

 

Chapter II

Free trade arrangements,

 

 :Article III

Industrial goods

 

Subject goods (materials and products) between the States Parties to dismantle the system of customs duties and other fees and taxes of similar effect when you import the following form


A. Immediate exchange, when the Convention enters into force, the full exemption of the lists are subject to immediate and rapid dismantling of the European Union, of this Convention which lists included in Appendix 1, which includes the following

    

The list contained in Annex No.(3) of the Partnership Agreement between the Kingdom of Morocco and the European Union, which includes goods subject to gradual dismantling during a transition period of 3 years and totally exempted goods when this Agreement enters into force.


ist A of Annex No.(3) Partnership Agreement between the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and the European Union, which includes goods subject to gradual dismantling during the transitional period of 4 years and totally exempted goods when this Agreement enters into force

        The list contained in Annex No. (3) Of the Partnership Agreement between the Republic of Tunisia and the European Union, which includes goods subject to gradual dismantling during the transitional period of 5 years and totally exempted goods when this Agreement enters into force.

         The first list in the tables of liberalization of goods included participation agreement between Egypt, Arab Republic and the European Union, which includes the goods gradual dismantling during the transition period of 3 years when this Agreement enters into force.

B. The continuation of the exemptions provided for immediate bilateral agreements.


C. on other industrial goods subject to customs duties is dismantled immediately, is supported date 1/1/2005 maximum for a period of transition, as follows

 

*From the date of entry into force: reduction by 80%.

*The beginning of 1/1/2005: total exemption of 100%.

 

Article IV

Commodities (and products) of agricultural farming

Farming and agricultural products)) manufactured

The liberation of agricultural commodities - agricultural)) and agricultural (farm) processed and classified in Chapters 1 to 24 of the Harmonized System, according to the executive program of the Convention to facilitate and develop trade exchange between Arab countries to establish an Arab free trade zone, a major.

 

Article V

Trade in Services

The States parties to implement the obligations contained in the tables the General Agreement on Trade in Services World Trade Organization concerning the liberalization of trade in services and seek to expand trade in services among themselves in accordance with the laws and regulations in force in each of the States Parties, the Committee of Ministers of Foreign Trade to study the evolution in trade in services between countries Parties, on a regular basis after the Convention enters into force.

 

Article VI:

Rules of origin

1- Is of local origin and source of goods (materials and products) produced according to the protocol rules of origin, Supplement No. (II) of this Agreement and the corresponding Protocol to the Euro-Mediterranean rules of origin, and any amendments thereto, by


2- Attached to the goods (and products) origin and source of local, exported from one of the States Parties to the other State Party, a certificate of origin issued by the competent authorities in the exporting country, signaling and monitoring by the competent authorities in the same country, according to the protocol rules of origin of this Convention.

Examine the Committee of Ministers of Foreign Trade periodically modifications can be made to this Protocol in order to ensure proper application of rules of origin.

 

Chapter III

Arrangements associated with the liberalization

 

Article VII:

Determine the customs duties and taxes

A similar effect and the base calculated

1- Means the fee tariffs specified in the tariff rates applied by the Member States on 31/12/1997, fees and taxes of similar effect other applicable date in question posed by one of the States Parties on imported goods which are not the products of the State party itself.


2- May not impose any new customs duties or other fees and taxes of similar effect on goods exchanged between the States Parties to this Convention after the entry into force


3- If any reduction in customs duties and other fees and taxes of similar effect at or after the Convention enter into force, the reduced fees and taxes to replace those set forth in paragraph I of this article.


4- States parties should follow harmonized tariff schedule (HS) in the classification of goods exchanged between them.


5- States parties at the signing of this Agreement, exchange the documents for determining customs duties and other fees and taxes having equivalent effect applied to have the date referred to in paragraph (I), according to the tariff schedules listed in paragraph (4) of this article.

 

Article VIII:

Non-tariff restrictions

The States Parties to the immediate removal of all non-tariff barriers, including the measures and actions that may be taken by the State party to control imports and restrictions include, in particular, quantitative restrictions, monetary, administrative and technical restrictions imposed on imports. May not impose any new non-tariff restrictions, in accordance with the provisions of the WTO and the Agreement to Facilitate and develop trade exchange between Arab countries and the arrangements for Arab Free Trade Area Great.

 

Article IX:

The customs value

States Parties shall apply when determining the customs value of imported goods, the texts contained in the WTO Agreement on Customs Valuation.

 

Article X:

National Treatment

Handle goods of origin and source of States parties to their mutual national treatment of goods.

 

Article XI:

Government Procurement

Observe the provisions of this Convention in respect of fees and taxes paid actually when compared to special offers global tenders for the supply of goods in each State Party in accordance with the provisions of this Convention and does not conflict with the laws and regulations in the framework of preferential treatment in each of them.

 

Article XII:

Value-added tax and sales tax

Are identified and a bowl of value added tax or sales tax for products which benefit from exemptions or tariff reductions when imported calculate customs duties and other fees and taxes of similar effect, in accordance with the ratio of the exemptions or reductions contained articles III and IV of this Alagipalmadp third session.

 

Financial Transactions

Conduct financial transactions relating to the settlement of trade exchange between the States Parties to one of free exchange in accordance with the legislation and laws in force in each of them, without prejudice to any agreements or arrangements existing between some of the States Parties.

 

Article XIV:

Exhibitions

Each State Party to participate in International Exhibitions and Fairs to be held in other States Parties, each of which also allow the establishment of permanent and temporary exhibitions in the country and provide them with the necessary facilities to achieve this and in accordance with the laws and regulations in force in each State Party.

 

Chapter IV

Procedures

 

Article XV:

Preventive action

Each Party shall implement protection measures stipulated in the Convention Establishing the World Trade Organization and applied only for the products, which decides which party had been imported into its territory from one of the Parties in increasing amounts, either in absolute or relative compared to local production and to cause or threaten serious harm to the industry or local agriculture, which produces similar products or directly competitive to those imported from other parties, in accordance with the laws and regulations applicable in each of the States Parties to the Convention.

 

Article XVI:

Infant industries

 Each State Party during the period of the gradual dismantling of customs duties and other fees and taxes of similar effect as taking measures for a limited exception from the provisions of articles III and IV, an increase of customs duties or reintroduction of customs duties and other fees and taxes of similar effect in effect for infant industries or sectors in re- restructuring or facing serious difficulties.


  Each State Party shall inform the other States Parties any action intended to take an exceptional and timetable for the abolition of customs duties and other taxes of equivalent effect imposed under this article


The Committee of Ministers of Foreign Trade to study the actions proposed by the State party concerned is not the application of these procedures only after approval by the Committee mentioned

 

Article XVII:

Dumping and Subsidy

If you experience any State Party to the case of support or dumping of imports from other parties, it can take appropriate action to deal with such cases in accordance with the provisions of the agreements of support and countervailing duties and anti-dumping measures are attached to the Convention on the establishment of Nizpaltjarp world in accordance with the laws and regulations applicable in each of the States Parties to the Convention

Article XVIII

Imbalance in the balance of payments

 If you experience one of the States Parties risks or problems or defects in the balance of payments, or threaten, the right to take appropriate action in accordance with WTO provisions. And shall notify the affected State Party Committee of Ministers of Foreign Trade Balajraet and it must set a timetable for abolition

  

Article XIX:

Commodities that are not subject to the provisions of the Convention

The provisions of this Convention on goods lists approved by the Economic and Social Council of the League of Arab States and excluded from the benefits granted to the executive program of the Convention to facilitate and develop trade exchange between Arab countries, for religious reasons or Sahipoo security or environmental reasons

 

Article Twenty:

Protection of public order

Subject to all of the commodities exchanged between States Parties to the security laws and health laws for the protection of morals, public order and national heritage, historical and archaeological (effects) and technical and environmental protection in force in all States Parties. May not use such restrictions, non-tariff barriers to trade between the States Parties

 

Article XXI:

Procedures, sanitary and phytosanitary

The States parties to take measures, sanitary and phytosanitary necessary to protect the health and lives of people, animals or the preservation of plants, provided that these actions are contrary to the requirements of this Convention. And goods are subject to inter-State parties to the laws of quarantine and veterinary established in each of them when you import may not use such restrictions, non-tariff barriers to trade between the States Parties, in a manner not inconsistent with the conventions on technical barriers and phytosanitary annexed to the Convention on the WTO and the conventions other relevant international "

 

Article XXII:

IP

States Parties undertake to protect intellectual property rights including copyright, patents, trademarks, industrial designs, industrial designs and geographical indications and designations that are installed with the original, and the protection of literary and artistic works, computer software, without prejudice to the obligations of States parties to agreements emanating from the World Trade Organization and the laws and regulations in force have all the State Party to this Convention


The Committee of Ministers of Foreign Trade to follow up all matters relating to intellectual property rights

 

Article XXIII:

Specifications and standards

States Parties shall cooperate to coordinate technical legislation, standards and specifications with each other in accordance with international norms.


In the case of a State party to resort to action that would or technical barriers to trade, the States parties to hold immediate consultations with a view to finding appropriate solutions


States are parties to expedite the signing of agreements on mutual confessions of matching.

 

Chapter V

Institutional requirements

 

Article XXIV:

Institutions of the Convention:

First:

The Committee of Ministers of Foreign Affairs:


  A - There shall be a committee of the Foreign Ministers of States parties concerned to determine the political measures to ensure the payment of Agadir and the expansion of the path among the Mediterranean Arab countries, as well as between them and the European Union. It also shall support the political framework of the agreement on establishing a free trade area between the Mediterranean Arab countries.


   B - Committee will meet foreign ministers annually and whenever necessary, at the initiative of any State Party to the Convention in accordance with the rules of procedure of the Committee as approved by and provided for in paragraph (e) of this Almadpj - The presidency of the Commission rotates between the Foreign Ministers of States Parties, in alphabetical order alphabetical of States Parties, and provided under the rules of procedure of the Commission


 D - It is permissible for the Committee of Ministers of Foreign Affairs to establish a committee of senior officials present its recommendations to the Ministerial Committee


E - appropriate to the Committee of Ministers of Foreign Affairs as well as its rules of procedure and rules of procedure of the Committee of Senior Officials at its inception


Second:

The Committee of Ministers of Foreign Trade


A - There shall be a ministerial committee meets at the level of Ministers for holders of foreign trade at least once each year, and whenever necessary, at the initiative of any State Party to the Convention in accordance with the rules of procedure of the Committee


B - The committee shall supervise the implementation of the Convention and to overcome difficulties that might hinder Mseeratha and identify ways to deepen cooperation and integration between the Parties to the Convention, the Committee will consider the general issues relating to this Agreement or any other aspect of common interest and its decision-making authority in this regard


 C - The presidency of the Commission rotates between the States Parties, according to the alphabetical Altertb As stipulated in its internal provided by paragraph VI of this article


D - The Committee's decisions are mandatory for all States Parties must take the necessary measures to implement them. It can also issue the necessary decisions for the development of this Convention


E - a Ministerial Committee of the technical committee to follow up the implementation of this Convention and present its recommendations to the ministerial committee that can Ontvod part of its terms of reference of the Technical Committee


And - the Committee of Ministers adopt rules of procedure and rules of procedure of the Technical Committee


Article XXV

     

The functions of the Committee of Ministers of Foreign Trade

The Committee of Ministers of Foreign Trade, in particular the following tasks:

         Review and assess the performance of this agreement in general

         Review and assess the results of the present Convention in the light of experience gained through the application, and look at ways of boosting relations between the States Parties.

         To help avoid and resolve disputes through consultations based on Article 28

         Consider the proposed amendments to this Convention and the adoption of these amendments taking into account the legal requirements of each Party

They are entitled to the formation of a permanent or specialized committees or working groups and any of the delegated powers, and the Ministerial Committee set its own procedural rules, and implement all decisions by consensus

 

Article Twenty-Six:

Functions of the Technical Committee

The technical committee is charged with the implementation of its Party Committee of Ministers of Foreign Trade, and in particular the following tasks

       Follow up the implementation of the provisions of the Convention

      onitor the implementation of the decisions of the Committee of Ministers of Trade.

      To provide assistance to the settlement of disputes on the basis of Article (27) of this Convention

Article Twenty-Seven:

 

Technical Unit

Arise under this Convention, and a technical unit for the care of the affairs of its powers to provide advice and technical support in all matters pertaining to implementation of 3 of the Convention on the basis of Supplement No.

 

Chapter VI

General provisions and requirements of the Final

 

Article Twenty-Eight:

Conflict Resolution

For the application of this Convention, States Parties shall consult and cooperate in order to reach a consensus on what could affect the proper implementation of this Convention or with respect to any action it has taken or will be made by one of the States Parties or by a third party is not in line with The provisions of this Convention

If a dispute arises regarding the interpretation of this Agreement, or if they are considered one of the States Parties to another State Party has violated its obligations under this Agreement, or that one of the States Parties have taken measures to diminish the benefits included in the agreement, then it should be the States Parties concerned to make every effort to find solutions satisfactory to all of them, through consultation

If you can not the States parties concerned to reach a satisfactory solution during the period of (45) forty-five days from the date of reporting at the request consultation, the matter shall be referred to the Committee of Ministers of Foreign Trade

The Committee of Ministers of Foreign Trade to study the subject and take the necessary decisions to settle disputes concerning the interpretation and application of this Convention

The States Parties to the Convention to ensure the application of the decisions of the Committee of Ministers of Foreign Trade on conflict resolution

If you can not for the Committee of Ministers of Foreign Trade to reach a satisfactory solution to the States parties concerned on the resolution of conflicts, Dolpalparty can submit a request to this Committee to appoint a special commission to arbitrate the dispute

The Committee of Ministers of Foreign Trade to study request for the appointment of the jury, and in case of acceptance is forming an arbitration committee within a period not exceeding thirty days from the date of acceptance of demand, and this period is reduced to (15) fifteen days for perishable The Committee of Ministers of Foreign Trade, adopting a and the foundations of the work of the Arbitration Commission

The decisions of the jury are binding on States Parties, States Parties shall take the necessary measures to implement the resolutions of the Commission.

 

Article Twenty-Nine:

Revision of the Convention

The States Parties to this Convention to review the Convention on the basis of future developments of international economic relations and regional organizations, in particular under the World Trade Organization and to do well in this context and in light of developments related to the study the possibility of developing cooperation among them and deepen and expand it to areas that have not Chmaha Convention. The States Parties can be presented proposals to the Committee of Ministers of Foreign Affairs to take the appropriate decision Bashanhatkhadda Alentij arising from the procedures set forth in the paragraph above for approval of the States Parties to the Convention as Azh their respective legislation.

 

Article Thirty:

Join

Each State member of the League of Arab States and the Free Trade Area of the Greater Arab and linked with the EU Convention Partnership (partnership) or a free trade agreement, the application for accession to this Convention, and be done with the consent of all parties to the Committee of Ministers of Foreign Affairs, and is committed to acceding State to implement all the obligations applicable upon accession under the provisions of this Convention.

And can the Committee of Ministers in the framework of foreign trade consultation, select the time period for the dismantling of customs duties for goods that State on the basis of reciprocity

 

Article one and thirty:

Withdraw

This Agreement shall apply for an indefinite period and each State Party to the Convention to withdraw notification of the Committee of Ministers of Foreign Affairs to do so. Ends at the Convention for the State withdrawing after three months from the date of the notice that the remaining provisions of this agreement shall remain in force for the obligations contained in the system until the expiry of these commitments

 

 Article II and thirty:

Other arrangements

Would not interfere into this agreement with maintenance or the conclusion of agreements for the establishment of customs unions or free trade areas or arrangements for border trade, and in accordance with Article (24) and Chapter (4) of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade 1994 and the obligations arising therefrom

 

Article Thirty-Three:

The Protocol on rules of origin and the annexes relating to this Agreement are an integral part

 

Article Thirty-Four:

 

Ratification and entry into force of the

 

Is the ratification of this Convention by States Parties in accordance with the constitutional process of each, and is the deposit of instruments of ratification with the Kingdom of Morocco, which holds the notice of other States Parties to this Convention will enter into force as of the date on which the depositary to notify the other States Parties to complete another State Party with the procedures referred to In the first paragraph of this Article Edit this Convention in Arabic in four originals, each being equally authentic, signed in the city of Agadir on 4 Muharram 1425 AH corresponding to February 25, 2004

 

 

Of the Government of the Kingdom of Morocco

Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

Of the Government of the Republic of Tunisia

Arab Republic of Egypt