Speaking to PV Tech, SETI Alliance managing director Peter Brun, said solar products formed a core part of the list that is under discussion.

"If [PV components] are on this list of tariff elimination then of course it would be a contribution to driving down production costs of these technologie, so it's a very good story," he added.

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A path to reducing punitive trade remedies

Not specifically on the table in these talks are the anti-dumping and countervailing duties currently in place in various parts of the world, notably the US and EU, on solar imports from other countries.

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But Brun said the hope was that a successful outcome to the EGA talks would pave the way for further international cooperation on reducing the use of punitive trade remedies such as these.

“The way we have been seeing this is that we would like to see a first result on industrial tariffs and then we would like governments to make a broader mandate to go on to other areas. And among those other areas would be these trade remedies like anti-dumping,” Brun said.

“There are good political and technical arguments for why it would be a good 3kw solar power system idea to look at this – maybe not ruling out the possibility of using the anti-dumping instrument, but rather to look at the premises around this to make it more efficient and updated as an instrument. This is a very old fashioned instrument from the old days of trade, and it’s in dire need of reform."

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