In particular, the final meeting of the WGTCP in May 2003 provided an early indication that trade-competition linkage would be problematic due the concerns of developing countries.
Despite the EU's submission of various documents to and participation in regular meetings of the WGTCP, the developing countries still faced an information asymmetry related to this issue linkage.
The developing countries clearly expressed their doubts about the wisdom and benefit of linking these two policies at the WGTCP meeting of May 26-27, 2003.
At the WGTCP meeting, Malaysia summarized the apprehension: "Domestic competition policy-law might or might not be a major consideration for developing countries, implying that national priorities and limited capacity might require that scarce resources were allocated for the implementation of other policies." (63)