--- SEARCH ---
Chinese Women
Film in China
War on Poverty
Learning Chinese
Learn to Cook Chinese Dishes
Exchange Rates
Hotel Service
China Calendar
Trade & Foreign Investment

Hot Links
China Development Gateway
Chinese Embassies

HK WTO Meeting Best Opportunity to Wind up Doha Round

WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy said in Hong Kong Sunday that "Hong Kong is not just another Port of Call for Doha round negotiations, it is our best opportunity to bring the round to conclusion by the end of 2006."

He made the remarks at the Hong Kong Foreign Correspondents Club after attending a NGO Round-Table Forum in Hong Kong.

He said "we have missed deadlines throughout the course of this round, notably the deadline we set at Doha in November 2001 to conclude the round at the beginning of 2005."

Lamy said "it would present us with problems far more profound than in the past, because unlike the others, the deadline is real."

He said "if we are to conclude the round by the end of next year, the Hong Kong ministerial meetings of the WTO must be a success. In my view, it means we must use this occasion to resolve two-thirds of the issues on our agenda. We must complete the bulk of the work in agriculture, industrial tariff reduction and services."

He said Hong Kong's hosting of the WTO's ministerial meetings in December is entirely appropriate because the people of this region know a thing or two about challenges.

He said Hong Kong boasts little by way of natural resources, but it is blessed with a superb harbor and in ingenious and hardworking people. It has always embraced trade and is virtually without rival when it comes to successfully dismantling barriers to the flow of trade.

He said, in less than two months time, "we will know the result of the Hong Kong meeting and the future of the Doha round. The world expects a great deal from us in the coming weeks and months all world together to ensure that collectively we meet this challenge."

(Xinhua News Agency October 17, 2005)

1,000+ NGOs to Attend HK WTO Meeting
HK to Attend WTO Group Meeting
HK Confident of Providing Safe WTO Conference
WTO Talks Transparent: HK Official
Bo: Push Forward Doha Negotiations
WTO China Updates
Print This Page
Email This Page
About Us SiteMap Feedback
Copyright © China Internet Information Center. All Rights Reserved
E-mail: webmaster@china.org.cn Tel: 86-10-68326688