Mustapha to attend WTO ministerial meeting

Original Publication Date: 
29 November, 2009

http://biz.thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2009/11/27/business/20091127130744&sec=business

'Published: Friday November 27, 2009 MYT 1:06:00 PM

Mustapha to attend WTO ministerial meeting

KUALA LUMPUR: International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Mustapa
Mohamed will attend the Seventh World Trade Organisation (WTO) Ministerial
Conference next week, which will discuss progress of the Doha Round.

To be held in Geneva, Switzerland, from Nov 30 to Dec 2, the conference
will also review the WTO's activities, with the aim of strengthening the
organisation's functions and its contribution to world recovery, growth and
development.

The theme is "The WTO, the Multilateral Trading System and the Current
Global Economic Environment".

Malaysia has participated actively in all the WTO activities and
negotiations in order to safeguard the country's interest while at the same
time ensuring that the global trading environment remains open, transparent
and predictable, said the Ministry of International Trade and Industry
(MITI).

"The conclusion of the Doha Round is important to Malaysia as it would
provide greater certainty and transparency through improved rules and
disciplines," it said in a statement on Friday.

"There would also be immediate benefits, through greater market access
opportunities for goods and services as a result of reduction of tariffs
and other barriers."

Taking advantage of the presence of ministers at this conference, various
informal meetings will be held to discuss ways to make progress in the Doha
Round of negotiations, MITI said.

The Cairns Group, representing key agriculture exporting countries,
including Malaysia, will hold an informal ministerial meeting on Nov 30.

"This meeting is expected to deliberate on the way forward in concluding
negotiations next year as well as translating the political declarations
into tangible outcomes," the ministry said.'