TWN Info Service
on WTO and Trade Issues (May10/13)
meets to move forward
Geneva, 21 May (Kanaga Raja) -- Senior officials and Geneva-based Ambassadors from some nineteen developed and developing countries met on 19-20 May to find a way forward for the Doha Round process.
The two-day meeting
took place at the European Union mission here. The EU hosted the first
day of talks on Wednesday, while
The countries in attendance reportedly included the US, the European Union, Canada, Switzerland, Australia, Mexico, Japan, Brazil, India, China, Argentina, Indonesia, South Africa, Burkina Faso, Mauritius, Egypt, Barbados and Zambia.
The discussions centred around the issues of the level of ambition in the Doha Round, the balance in respect of market access across the various negotiating areas, as well as possible landing zones, according to sources close to the discussions.
Reportedly, there were no discussions on the substantive issues.
[The term "landing
zone" was used in 2004, when the General Council decided on the
"July framework" compromise for the
At the end of the two-day meeting, the 19 countries reportedly agreed to continue their discussion in various formats and configurations, including bilateral meetings, as well as the current Chair-led negotiating group process.
While the participants reportedly agreed not to institutionalize the "G19" process, they however agreed to continue to use this grouping for further talks.
At the meeting, the
(At a media briefing
on 10 May, the new
Almost all of them reportedly were of the view that they should start from what was already on the table.
(According to a news
report in the Washington Trade Daily of 21 May, the participants reportedly
reached an understanding to identify the landing zone for the