Trade ministers from 21 WTO members called on Saturday for negotiators to instill a sense of urgency in their efforts to elaborate a work programme by July, which would need to set out a “credible and realistic path” towards concluding the long-running Doha Round talks. […]
“We should be aware of each other’s interests and constraints, focus on what is doable, consider new ways of engaging in order to move ahead more efficiently, and be prepared to review longstanding negotiating positions,” said Swiss Federal Councillor Johann Schneider-Ammann, who chaired the meeting, in his personal remarks summarising the discussions.
The 21 WTO members represented by either their ministers or deputy ministers included Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Egypt, the European Union, Indonesia, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Russia, South Africa, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, and the US, according to a list published by Switzerland’s State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO). Click here to read more.