Trade and Competitiveness Minister Craig Emerson arrives in Switzerland today for a series of talks with counterparts at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos.
Dr Emerson will speak at Forum sessions entitled "Preventing Protectionism" and "Enabling Trade", where he will stress the importance of trade liberalisation and structural reform to sustainable economic growth.
He will also use the annual gathering to discuss bilateral issues and trade liberalisation with ministers from around the world, as well as with World Trade Organization (WTO) Director-General Pascal Lamy.
Dr Emerson will continue to press for progress in the stalled Doha Round of global trade negotiations.
Australia is leading the "new pathways" approach to finding consensus where possible, rather than seeking agreement on all aspects of the Round.
"Last year we made progress in a number of areas – such as trade facilitation, agriculture and services – where I believe agreement is possible," Dr Emerson said.
"Bringing down barriers to trade and smoothing the flow of goods and services around the world are vital to creating jobs and improving livings standards, particularly in developing economies," he said.
While in Davos, Dr Emerson will also attend an informal meeting of Trade Ministers to begin preparations for the 9th WTO Ministerial Conference to be held in Bali in December this year.
There will also be talks with candidates for the succession of Mr Lamy at the head of the WTO.
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