Thursday 15 August 2002 / MVT096/2002
Australia to Host Doha Round Ministerial Meeting
Australia would host an informal meeting of trade ministers later
this year in Sydney to discuss the Doha round of multilateral trade
negotiations, Trade Minister Mark Vaile confirmed today.
"The Doha round is vitally important for the global trading system
and for Australia's trade interests," Mr Vaile said.
"I am determined that Australia takes every opportunity to ensure
the round moves ahead and concludes on schedule.
"The Mini-Ministerial meeting of World Trade Organisation (WTO) Trade
Ministers will be held in Sydney on 14-15 November.
"The meeting will bring together trade ministers from some 25 countries
to discuss progress made in Geneva since last November's Doha meeting,
and how we can ensure the next WTO Ministerial meeting, to be held
in Mexico in September 2003, is successful."
Mr Vaile said that over the last few weeks he had held detailed discussions
about the Sydney meeting with the Mexican Minister for the Economy,
Luis Derbez, who will chair the 5th Ministerial meeting next year.
"I have now spoken to many trade ministers who have indicated their
support for the proposal and confirmed their attendance for the Sydney
"Aside from the major industrialised countries, such as the EU and
the United States, I have been in contact with my colleagues in developed
and developing countries across a wide range of regions and interests.
"The meeting will help build understanding across the range of key
issues, including development issues as well as market access and
the preparations for the next Ministerial meeting."
Mr Vaile said that the hosting of this meeting, the first to be held
since the launch of the Doha round, was an important confirmation
of Australia's standing in and commitment to the multilateral trading
system and his determination to ensure that Australia continued to
play a strong leading role in the Doha round.
"This is all about this Government's commitment to drive the trade
agenda forward," Mr Vaile said.
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