The Norwegian Deputy of Foreign Affairs Høglund met WTOs Director-General Azevedo for a bilateral discussion on trade in general and the follow-up to Bali in particular. Implementation of the Bali decisions must be prioritized, including the agreement on Trade Facilitation, and it is critical that development countries receive the necessary aid to be able to implement this agreement and Norway has contributed seven million USD to this purpose.
Minsters also agreed in Bali to develop a Work Program for addressing the remaining issues of the Doha Development Agenda. Norway believes it is important to build on the momentum from Bali and revert to negotiations on the core elements of the Doha development Agenda. It is also important to focus on what is doable, and to discuss what the level of ambition and expectations are regarding the Work Program.
The final lesson from the Bali process is the importance of inclusiveness and transparency. All Members should adequately be included in the negotiation process.
The Norwegian Deputy of Foreign Affairs also met with EFTAs Deputy Secretary-General, Ivo Kaufmann, to discuss EFTAs work. This meeting was primarily about EFTAs third party cooperation and the work with free trade agreements.