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NFTC Statement on WTO Ministerial Conference
Date: 12/2/2009
Written By: Jennifer Cummings, The Fratelli Group for NFTC, 202-822-9491

Washington, DC – NFTC Vice President for Global Trade Issues Jake Colvin released the following reaction to the WTO Ministerial Conference in Geneva:

“There is something to be said for the opportunities for stock-taking and institutional care-taking that this sort of meeting provides. The Geneva ministerial is a good reminder of the importance of the WTO in promoting rules-based global trade and is a reminder that the institution does more than negotiate trade rounds. We are particularly pleased with the ministers’ attention to emerging issues involving climate change and international trade rules.

“At the same time, the Doha Round was clearly high on the agenda. We applaud Ambassador Kirk’s commitment to move into the ‘endgame’ for the Round. NFTC strongly supports the Administration’s efforts to obtain a high-quality agreement that will lead to new market access, particularly in major emerging markets. We hope that negotiators will pursue all channels, including bilateral discussions, to reach an agreement.

“The United States appears ready to negotiate seriously. It’s about time for everyone to start showing their cards.”
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Advancing Global Commerce for Over 95 Years - The National Foreign Trade Council is a leading business organization advocating an open, rules-based global trading system. Founded in 1914 by a broad-based group of American companies, the NFTC now serves hundreds of member companies through its offices in Washington and New York.