Home / Knowledge / News / Doha Round - wait for December, Lamy
Doha Round - wait for December, Lamy
23
Jun '11
Director-General Pascal Lamy at an informal meeting of the Trade Negotiations Committee on 22 June 2011 suggested focusing a December Ministerial package on trade benefits for the poorest countries, and to also work on “trade facilitation, export competition, S&D Monitoring Mechanism, a step forward on fisheries subsidies and a step forward on environmental goods and services” as indicative issues which should be explored as part of the package. He said this would mean “loads of work and challenges ahead and no guarantee of success, but, in my view it is worth trying — and it is our duty to do so”.

I would like to welcome you to this informal TNC meeting.

You will recall that at our last TNC meeting on 31 May, we agreed that I undertake further consultations in order to have more clarity on our targets for December. We also agreed to meet on 9 June to hear my report on these further consultations and to discuss together the next steps. As I later informed you in a fax dated 7 June, a number of Members indicated to me during the consultations that it would be productive to allow our process a little more time, not least to enable consultations with capitals. I shared this view. Accordingly, I decided to postpone the TNC June 22.

Let me now report to you on my consultations since our last TNC. As agreed, over the past couple of weeks, I undertook further consultations with a number of you individually and in groups to seek further clarity on what is possible and what is not possible by December. The aim of my consultations was to try to facilitate convergence on refining the parameters of our work towards December.

Here in Geneva I have met with delegations from groups representing the broad range of the membership, and in particular the G-7 and the G-90. Outside Geneva, I attended the World Economic Forum Asia Conference/Aid for Trade Regional Review in Jakarta, including a Ministerial lunch hosted by Minister Mari Pangestu. This gave a useful and timely opportunity to gauge the level of support and concern for the Round in this key region. I can report that it was strong and positive.

From all my contacts, it is clear that the level of political commitment to a successful conclusion of the Doha Round, including to our collective aspirations for this year and beyond, remains strong. Furthermore, Members' commitment to preserving the credibility of the multilateral trading system remains unwavering. They also continue to place development at the heart of the negotiations.

But, it is also obvious that we need urgently to have clarity about what we can and cannot do by the Ministerial Conference in December so that we get down to work without further delay. Time is certainly not on our side and we need urgently, honestly and realistically to define the boundaries for our work over the next 13 working weeks or so, if we are to avoid further drifting and the credibility damage this entails.


Must ReadView All

Maintain NAFTA trucking provisions: AAFA, US trade bodies

Apparel/Garments | On 22nd Nov 2017

Maintain NAFTA trucking provisions: AAFA, US trade bodies

The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) recently joined...

Vietnam’s textile & garment exports cross $24bn till Oct

Textiles | On 22nd Nov 2017

Vietnam’s textile & garment exports cross $24bn till Oct

Vietnam earned $24.372 billion from textile and garment exports in...

Karl Mayer unveils TMJ 4/1-T terry warp knitting machine

Textiles | On 22nd Nov 2017

Karl Mayer unveils TMJ 4/1-T terry warp knitting machine

Karl Mayer, a technology and market leader in textile machinery from...

Interviews View All

Siddharth Biyani
Mangalam Industries Pvt Ltd

‘The manufacturing sector is improving day-by-day, becoming better in...

Headhonchos
Textiles & allied industry

Textiles industry is always in the forefront in accepting latest technology

Krishnanand Tripathi
Textrade International Ltd

We believe in vocational education for entry-level employees, offering...

Suresh P Bagrecha

Komal Texfab, founded in 1981, is into manufacturing of knitted fabrics,...

Nitesh Mittal

Kusumgar Corporates is a leading manufacturer of technical textiles and...

Vikas Banduke

Softech Controls Private Limited (SCPL) is a part of the Cotmac Group, an...

Marcel Alberts
Eurofibers

Coating at a fibre level is a practice not usually seen in the...

Suresh Patel
Sidwin Fabric

Sidwin Fabric is a manufacturer and exporter of polypropylene textiles and ...

Urs Stalder
Sanitized AG

Urs Stalder, CEO, Sanitized AG, talks about the increasing use of hygiene...

Yash P. Kotak
Bombay Hemp Company

One of the directors of Bombay Hemp Company, Yash P. Kotak, speaks to...

Nisha Chanda
Whistling Woods International School of Fashion

<div>A lack of upgraded courses in costume designing and fashion as per...

Pranav Mishra
Huemn

Designers Pranav Mishra and Shyma Shetty’s Huemn is known for its...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


editorial@fibre2fashion.com

Letter To Editor






(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies





SEARCH

November 2017

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.

news category


Related Categories:

Planning to Take the Leap towards
Sustainability?

Do you see sustainability as a route to business growth?

Yes No

Do you think the sustainability space has the needed tools and resources available for a business to lead change?

Yes No

Active Poll

Do you see sustainability as a route to business growth?

Yes
68.5%
No
12.4%
Skip
19.1%

Total Votes: 89

Do you think adopting a sustainable approach will be a profitable move for your business?

Yes No

Active Poll

Do you think the sustainability space has the needed tools and resources available for a business to lead change?

Yes
61.8%
No
30.3%
Skip
7.9%

Total Votes: 89

Do you want the world to know about your sustainability journey and your business’ environmental footprint?

Yes No

Active Poll

Do you think adopting a sustainable approach will be a profitable move for your business?

Yes
86.5%
No
10.1%
Skip
3.4%

Total Votes: 89

Thanks for your valuable feedback. Claim your free latest sustainability e-book.

Active Poll

Do you want the world to know about your sustainability journey and your business’ environmental footprint?

Yes
80.9%
No
9.0%
Skip
10.1%

Total Votes: 89


E-News Insight
Subscribe Today and Get the
Latest News Update in Your Mail Box.
Advanced Search