Posted by: mulrickillion | October 30, 2011

WTO | 2011 News items – Informal Trade Negotiations Committee – Lamy says members want credible progress first on do-able Doha issues

WTO: 2011 NEWS ITEMS

TRADE NEGOTIATIONS COMMITTEE: INFORMAL MEETING

Speaking at an informal meeting of the Trade Negotiations Committee (TNC), which oversees talks in all Doha Round subjects, they agreed with the committee’s chairman, WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy, that this should be one of the messages of the 15–17 December Ministerial Conference in Geneva.

They also agreed that the Doha Round is at an impasse, that there is little chance of the membership concluding the negotiations in all subjects in the near future as they had originally intended, but that they do not want to give up the objectives of the negotiations, which were launched in Doha in 2001.

Mr Lamy told the ambassadors that his consultations in Geneva and around the world showed “some convergence emerging around the idea” of moving ahead in subjects “where progress can be achieved, by reaching agreements on specific issues” before weaving them into the full set of issues in the talks — the “single undertaking”.

Turning negative into positive

“The challenge before us is to convert the prevailing negative mood into something positive — a signal on forward movement,” Mr Lamy said. “This does not have to be a big leap forward or an entirely revamped agenda. Instead, we could take smaller steps which nevertheless move the organization forward”. . . .

WTO | 2011 News items – Informal Trade Negotiations Committee – Lamy says members want credible progress first on do-able Doha issues

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