Wishing that their civil activities in aircraft be operated on a commercially competitive basis and that the relationship between Government and industry is very different, the signatories note that the provisions of the Convention on Technical Barriers to Trade apply to trade in civil aircraft. In addition, the Signatories agree that the requirements for the certification of civil aircraft and the specifications of operation and maintenance procedures between the Signatories are governed by the provisions of the Convention on Technical Barriers to Trade. 8.1 A Committee on Trade in Civil Aircraft (hereinafter referred to as «the Committee») is hereby established, composed of representatives of all the Signatories. The committee shall elect its own chairman. It shall meet, if necessary, but at least once a year, in order to enable the Signatories to consult each other on all matters related to the implementation of this Agreement, including developments in the civil aircraft sector, in order to determine whether modifications are necessary to ensure the sustainability of free and undistorted trade and to consider all matters for which it has not been possible: to find a satisfactory solution through bilateral consultations; and to carry out the responsibilities entrusted to it under this Agreement or by the Signatories. . . .