Doha finalisation minister’s World Economic Forum aim
Concluding the Doha Round is the agenda Australian Minister for Trade Dr Craig Emerson is pursuing at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Switzerland.
The meeting, running from 26-30 January in Davos-Klosters, will be attended by politicians from the G20 and other key countries—including more than 30 heads of state and government, the chairs of the forum’s 72 Global Agenda Councils, chief executives of the forum’s member organisations and representatives from civil stakeholder groups.
“We need to take advantage of this window of opportunity in 2011 to finish the Doha Round and consolidate the defences built up against protectionism,” Emerson said in a media release.
With a view to generating political momentum to finalise the global trade agreement he will meet one-on-one with ministers and leaders, including US Trade Representative Ron Kirk, EU Trade Commissioner Karel de Gucht, Brazilian Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota, Us House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and World Trade Organisation Director General Pascal Lamy. He will also attend more informal meetings with other trade ministers.
“In November last year the talks held by G20 and APEC leaders demonstrated that there is a level of political will to conclude the WTO’s Doha Round,” Emerson said. “They provided clear direction that the Doha Round is in the end game and they handed the baton to trade ministers and negotiators.”