the Seattle Ministerial Conference in December, Mr. Moore welcomed the first informal
inter-Parliamentary session on WTO matters. Together with U.S. Senator William Roth, Mr.
Moore brought together Parliamentarians from around the world to discuss the problems
associated with globalization and to focus on what the WTO can do to alleviate these
told the Members of the committee that he wanted to build on this first initiative and
that he had already held consultations with officials from WTO Member Governments on this
need to involve Parliamentarians in a more focused, orderly and organized way. In this we
need the help of Governments, so I will be putting to Governments some practical ways in
which this can be done, Mr. Moore said.
Parliamentarians have a special responsibility to inform their constituents of the
benefits a rules-based trading system can offer. The Director-General argued strongly in
favor of more open societies in which goods, services, information, ideas and capital can
cross borders without hindrance.
open economic policies, he said, the nations of East Asia and the Pacific have raised
living standards and reduced poverty on a level never before seen. He pointed out that 40
years ago, 40% of the population of the region was living on less than $1 a day. Today
that figure has fallen to 10%. In 1975, only one rural Thai in six had access to clean
drinking water, he pointed out, while today four out of five are drinking clean, safe
attributed these gains to sound economic policies including liberal trading regimes.
WTO can do better to inform people of the benefits of the multilateral trading system, he
said, the Parliaments and Congresses are more effective for such discussions because of
their close links to the public.
to ensure that people feel ownership in a real sense is the challenge of those who cherish
the democratic principle and have a vision of a world managed by rules not force,
agreements not power. How the representatives of the people face this challenge will be a
key factor in providing a more peaceful, stable world. To do this the international
institutions must be more open and accountable. This is my personal policy goal, Mr.