Moore said it was imperative to address in an expeditious and realistic way, the very real
problems some countries have faced with implementing existing WTO agreements. The
structure and system of the WTO procedures must also be examined, Mr Moore said, to see
what improvements can be made.
the first few months of this year the WTO will adopt the posture of the swan - serene on
top of the water and paddling furiously under the water, Mr Moore said.
began the New Year with a 9 January trip to India where he met Prime Minister Vajpayee,
Minister for Commerce and Industry. While in New Delhi Mr. Moore held meetings with
Ministers from South Africa, Norway, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.
January, Mr Moore was in Brussels holding talks with Pascal Lamy, the European Union
Commissioner for Trade and the Secretariat of the ACP which represents African, Caribbean
and Pacific States.
held talks on 19-20 January with senior U.S. officials in Washington, including
US Trade Representative Charlene Barshefsky, Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman and
Deputy Treasury Secretary Stuart Eizenstat.
Director-General also met with Kofi Annan at the UN Headquarters in New York, and shared
ideas about development issues and common problems with the UN Secretary-General and the
heads of other agencies such as UNCTAD, the International Labour Organization and the UN
Washington, Mr Moore met World Bank President Jim Wolfensohn, to discuss issues of
development and ways of making international organizations more responsive to the needs of
their shareholders, the people represented by the Member governments.
said each organization in the international community has a specific role to play in
lifting living standards for working families around the world and in assisting
governments on matters of development and economic growth.
core business and principles remain as mandated by the Member Governments. We exist to
lift living standards, and create more jobs and income by negotiating market openings. We
know this in itself is never enough. Issues of debt, infrastructural investment,
education, health and capacity-building are all important to assist nations to prosper in
a changing world. We need therefore to work alongside the other international institutions
in a coherent and practical way, Mr Moore said.
Director-General said there will be intensive discussions in capitals and with
Geneva-based Ambassadors over the next few weeks directed at putting the WTO back on track
with its programme of work.
the calm of the aftermath of Seattle where we failed to reach a consensus among our
135 Members, there has been a sober and realistic assessment. We will seek to make
the WTO more responsive to the needs of Member governments. We will focus on immediate
needs of our Members and build on that to prepare for the future. Otherwise the world
economy will suffer, the needs of the poorer nations will continue to be ignored and
growth, stagnate, he said.