The World Semiconductor Council (WSC) meets annually at a CEO level in May and issues a Joint Statement that includes a set of recommendations to the governments and authorities of the six participating regions. Following each meeting of the WSC, government/authority officials from each of the six participating regions hold a meeting. Known as the “Government/Authorities Meeting on Semiconductors (GAMS),” this meeting is a forum for government/authorities to discuss, reach agreement, and take action on the WSC’s recommendations. WSC industry representatives also hold a joint meeting with the GAMS at this time to introduce the WSC recommendations and better understand the conclusions of the GAMS meeting.
The WSC chairmanship and meeting location rotates on an annual basis among the six participating members. The WSC is supported by a Joint Steering Committee (JSTC) and by task force and committee units composed of industry experts appointed by the member associations. The JSTC meets three times each year to review the task force and committee activities and to discuss possible new areas for international cooperation.
Current WSC Activities include:
- Environmental, safety, and health activities
- Tariff elimination on semiconductors
- In support of E-commerce
- Tracking semiconductor trends
- IP protection
- Market access
- Developing trade rules
- Additional task forces and committees are added as needed.
- The secretariats of the member associations work with their respective JSTC members to organize the meetings.