WTO News: Speeches - DG Supachai Panitchpakdi

Original Publication Date: 
3 May, 2004

Address by the Director-General to Third LDC Trade Minister's Meeting (in Senegal)

Your Excellencies,

Thank you for inviting me to join you today. This meeting comes at a critical time for the Doha Development Agenda and for our current efforts to keep it alive. Along with the wider WTO Membership, you have set yourselves a target to make meaningful progress in the negotiations by this July.

This involves a number of priority issues, at this point in time, including agreeing on frameworks for modalities in agriculture and non-agricultural market access as well as reaching a modus vivendi on the way ahead for the Singapore issues and cotton. These issues, as you know, were the most difficult to resolve at Canc