The 22nd General Conference,
the increasing importance for world trade of reliability in measurement and comparability of measurement results,
the commitment of the World Trade Organization (WTO) to the reduction in non-tariff barriers to trade,
the recent report commissioned by the International Bureau of Weights and Measures (BIPM) from a commercial consulting company on the economic impact of the CIPM Mutual Recognition Arrangement on world trade,
notes the long-standing application made by the BIPM for observer status on the WTO Committee on Technical Barriers to Trade, and
requests Member States of the Metre Convention to press for a positive acceptance of this application as soon as possible.