If it is impracticable to comply immediately with the recommendations and rulings, the Member concerned shall have a reasonable period of time in which to do so. (emphasis added)
An implementing Member … has a measure of discretion in choosing the means of implementation, as long as the means chosen are consistent with the recommendations and rulings of the DSB and with the covered agreements.21
The prompt settlement of situations in which a Member considers that any benefits accruing to it directly or indirectly under the covered agreements are being impaired by measures taken by another Member is essential to the effective functioning of the WTO and the maintenance of a proper balance between the rights and obligations of Members. (emphasis added)
The Concise Oxford Dictionary defines the word, "prompt", as meaning "acting with alacrity; ready", and "made, done, etc. readily or at once".27
Response to public comments; amendment of regulation and RIAS as required; resubmission to Department of Industry legal services and Department of Justice Regulations Section; review and approval for final publication and signature of the Minister of Industry. Time: 1-3 months (depending on the complexity and contentiousness of the proposal).
The Manufacturing and Storage of Patented Medicines Regulations are repealed.35
I see nothing in this proposed regulatory change that can be described as complex. What is more, in this case, comments from the public could not be expected to result in much alteration of the one substantive sentence of Canada's proposed regulatory change, which merely repeals the existing regulation. After all, how many other ways could this one sentence be written? Likewise, in this case, any consideration of any changes that might conceivably be needed in the solitary substantive sentence of the proposed regulatory change could not be expected to take very long. After the several years of this dispute, once these final public comments have been received, how much more can be left to be said? If this proposed regulatory change were more complex, I might reach a different conclusion. Yet it is not complex at all. And, given the sheer simplicity of the wording, function and purpose of this proposed regulation, I consider it implausible that this particular implementation step in this case should take as much time as claimed by Canada.
Signed in the original at Geneva this 11th day of August 2000 by:
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