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Mr. S. Harbinson (Hong Kong)
C.1.i Article 63.2 concerning the notification of laws and regulations
27. The Chairman drew attention to the information contained in Section III of document PC/IPL/7/Add.2 and in Annex 3 of document PC/IPL/7 itself. As in other rule-based agreements, both under the GATT in the past and under the WTO, the efficient functioning of the procedure provided for in Article 63.2 for the notification of laws and regulations would be a critical element in determining the effectiveness of the Council in carrying out its tasks. In this regard, the main question before the Council was how the Council, while preserving the essential function which this type of notification procedure was expected to perform in the GATT/WTO context, could maximize cooperation and minimize duplication with WIPO.