Press Conference of Doha coalition of pro-trade NGOs Tuesday 13 November, 1:00pm Al Nakhil Room, Sheraton, Doha Title: 50 NGO and business groups from 30 countries applaud progress in free trade. Attendance About 20 media representatives On the panel: - Alan Oxley, Australian APEC Study Centre - Owen Lippert, Fraser Institute - Rachel Thompson, Free Trade Writers Group Opening remarks Alan Oxley opened with a short introduction emphasizing the pro-trade, pro- development, pro-growth and pro-globalisation stand of the business coalition. He stressed that a new trade round was good for developing countries. Lippert and Thompson each supplemented brief comments. They referred to the joint statement by business organisations expressing support for a new round. Chris Roberts (representing International Financial Services London and European Services Forum) and WK Chan (HKCSI) were invited to comment from the floor. China’s phenomenal growth was cited as evidence of the benefits of opening up and of trade and investment liberalization. Questions In response to a question, Alan Oxley said this new round was significant as the first after the Uruguay Round. It could become the LDC round to complete the work of Uruguay Round. The latter was important for setting up the framework but there was in fact not much actual liberalization. The current round would be more practical, more difficult, but also more important for trade liberalisation. He emphasised that the significance of a new round was that it meant a commitment by all parties to achieve trade liberalization. WTO members would be locked in to produce results. Rachel Thompson commented that the US deserved credit for the leadership and flexibility in TRIPs. EU would deserve credit if it could give way on agriculture.
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