Norway and more than 100 other WTO Members have issued the following statement underlining their support for the Director General’s efforts to finalise the current WTO negotiating package by 6 December 2013.
“The overwhelming majority of WTO Members gave a very clear message of support to the Director-General at the 26 November General Council meeting. We must continue efforts to finalise the package by 6 December 2013
We support any effort necessary to achieve a positive outcome at the Bali Ministerial on a package of trade facilitation, agriculture and development and Least Developed Country issues. We fully support further efforts by the Director-General, recognising how close we are to success, and recognising that Bali is a pivotal moment for the future of the negotiating arm of the multilateral trading system.”
This statement is jointly issued by:
Australia, Canada, Chile, Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong China, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Republic of Korea, The Russian Federation, Switzerland, Uruguay; and the following groups of WTO Members:
Brunei Darussalam on behalf of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Group; Egypt on behalf of the Arab Group; Jamaica on behalf of the African, Caribbean and Pacific countries Group; Morocco on behalf of the African Group, and;
Solomon Islands on behalf of the Least Developed Countries Group.