In addition, NTFC should share synergies with other national committees, such as sanitary and phytosanitary regulatory committees or committees on technical barriers to trade, and promote regional platforms. The first discussions on trade facilitation began in the mid-1990s. In 1996, the Singapore Ministerial Conference gave its first directive to the WTO, but under a different conceptual title.  The language used in the letter reflected a potential compromise between those who wished to renegotiate the terms of an agreement and those, particularly developing and least developed countries, who had doubts about the success of new negotiations and preferred a much narrower/limited agenda. .