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On Friday 29 January 2016, Minister Brende met with the Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Roberto Azevêdo, in Geneva. Minister Brende and the Director-General exchanged views on the way forward for the WTO, building on the Ministerial Conference in Nairobi in December and the informal ministerial gathering in Davos 23 January.

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European Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway Børge Brende at the ministerial gathering. 
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Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende underscored the role of trade as an engine for growth and development. The Minister noted the contributions of the services sector to job creation.

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After three years of negotiations, agreement was reached on duty-free trade covering a broad range of Information Technology products. “This is the first tariff cutting deal in the WTO in 18 years. It shows that WTO Members are able to find solutions that have a real economic impact,” Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende said.

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«Norway's main objective at this 20th anniversary of the WTO is to maintain and strengthen the WTO as the global forum for negotiations of trade rules and market access”, said Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende in his statement 16 December at the WTO Ministerial Conference in Nairobi.

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Starting Tuesday 15 December, ministers from over 160 Members are gathering in Nairobi for the WTO’s 10th Ministerial Conference. This is the first time that a WTO Ministerial Conference is being held in Africa. Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende is head of the Norwegian Delegation, which includes State Secretary Morten Høglund, parliamentarians, representatives from trade and labour...

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Fisheries subsidies contribute to overfishing, with serious impacts on livelihood and deterioration of valuable marine resources. Effectively addressing fisheries subsidies will deliver trade, economic, development and environmental benefits. The concerns with overfishing is resulting in broad alliances between countries at all levels of development.

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The 10th Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Nairobi is aiming at finalization of the ministerial declaration that will give guidance for the future work of the organisation.

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The 11th negotiation round on the Environmental Goods Agreement (EGA) took place on 30 November to 4 December in Geneva. While the ambition was to finalize a list of environmental goods and present it at the WTO Ministerial Conference in Nairobi 15- 18 December, it became apparent in the course of the week that further negotiations are necessary.

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In a statement delivered at the last General Council meeting before the 10th WTO Ministerial Conference, a group of WTO Members, including Norway, expressed their concern with the situation that Ministers are facing whey they meet in Nairobi tomorrow. Noting with regret the remaining differences between Members, the group reaffirmed their strong commitment to the Multilateral Trading System and...

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