From Mike Moore’s desk
2002 archives

 


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19.07.02 The Director-General met with His Excellency Minister Biwott of Kenya. Among the issues discussed were recent developments regarding the Doha Development Agenda, technical assistance and the WTO training project at the University of Nairobi.
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18.07.02 Chairman of the Trade Negotiations Committee, Director-General Mr. Mike Moore welcomes Director-General designate Dr. Supachai Panitchpakdi to the third meeting of the TNC held on 18 July.
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11.07.02 The Director-General met with Her Excellency Mrs. Billie Miller, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Barbados. The Minister, shown here signing the WTO guestbook, was accompanied by His Excellency Ambassador E. Griffith and Permanent Secretary Mr. S. Chandler. Among the issues discussed were recent developments regarding the Doha Development Agenda, technical assistance and the WTO trade policy review mechanism.
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01.07.02 The Director-General met with His Excellency Mr. Bernard Mazuka, Prime Minister of the Republic of Rwanda. The Prime Minister was accompanied by His Excellency Mr. Lyambabaje, Minister of Commerce of the Republic of Rwanda. Among the issues discussed were matters relating to the Doha Development Agenda, to technical assistance and the WTO's trade policy review mechanism
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24.06.02 The Director-General met with H.E. Mr. Basel Fuleihan, Minister of Economy and Trade of Lebanon to discuss WTO accession-related issues.
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14.06.02 Director-General met with Minister Annemie Neyts-Uyttebroeck, Minister of State of Belgium. They discussed the forthcoming World Summit on Sustainable Development in South Africa; status of Doha Development Agenda negotiations; and WTO-related technical cooperation.
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06.06.02 Director-General Mike Moore shakes hands with Italian Ambassador Negrotto Cambiaso after the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding confirming Italy's donation of 1 million euro for the year 2002 to the WTO Doha Development Agenda Global Trust Fund.
“I am particularly grateful to Italy for its donation to the WTO Doha Development Agenda Global Trust Fund,” said the Director-General. “This contribution is in accordance with the December 2001 decision by the WTO General Council to establish a sound and predictable basis for funding WTO Trade-Related Technical Assistance. Italy's contribution will help to build capacity for developing countries to participate in the multilateral trading system, advance their interests, conclude agreements and implement them. It will also help developing countries to participate in the current round of trade negotiations launched by Ministers in Doha last November. The potential benefits from this round are enormous, especially in areas of particular interest to developing countries such as agriculture, fisheries, services and market access. That's why developing countries want this round concluded by the 2005 deadline.”
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30.05.02 The Director-General met with President Robert Kocharian and Prime Minister Andranik Margarian of the Republic of Armenia on 20 May during a short visit to the capital, Yerevan. He discussed with the Armenian leaders issues concerning Armenia's accession to the WTO and the country's integration into the multilateral trading system. The Director-General continued from his Armenian visit to the WTO Ministerial Trade Conference for Central Asian and Caucasus Countries held in Tbilisi, Georgia, from 21-22 May.
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13.05.02 The Director-General met with H.E. Mr. Mark Vaile, Minister for Trade of Australia. They discussed progress made since the Doha Ministerial Conference, issues before the Trade Negotiations Committee and the lead-up to the Ministerial Conference in Mexico.
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02.05.02 Mr Moore met H.E. Mr Takebe Tsutomu, Japanese minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries on 2 May 2002. Among the subjects they discussed were the WTO negotiations on agriculture in the context of the Doha Development Agenda.
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01.05.02 Mr Moore met H.E. Mr Toranosuke Katayama, Japanese minister for Public Management, Home Affairs, Post and Telecoms, on 1 May 2002. Among the subjects they discussed were the WTO negotiations on services.
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19.04.02 Mr. Moore met the UK Foreign Secretary, the Rt. Hon. Jack Straw MP on 18 April 2002 at the WTO headquarters. They discussed matters related to technical cooperation to be considered during the upcoming negotiations.
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16.04.02 Mr Moore met Romanian Prime Minister Adrian Nastase on 16 April 2002 at the WTO headquarters. They discussed capacity-building and ways to help train Romanian government experts in WTO matters.
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03.04.02 The Director-General met with H.E. Mr. Nguyen Manh Cam, Deputy Prime Minister of Vietnam. The main topic of discussion was the accession of Vietnam to the WTO. The Working Party for this accession will meet April 10th. The Director General acknowledged the efforts which Vietnam is making to become a member of the WTO and expressed his hopes of an early accession. He stressed that the timetable for this accession depends on progress in the current negotiations at the Working Party. Vietnam applied to become a member of the WTO in January 1995.
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19.03.02 The Director-General met with H.E. Mr. Dimitrij Rupel, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Slovenia. They discussed the challenges and opportunities facing Slovenia and other countries in transition in integrating into the Multilateral Trading System. The Director-General explained the WTO Technical Assistance activities aimed at helping all Members participate in the system.
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13.03.02 The Director-General met with representatives of the delegation of Samoa, visiting the WTO on the occasion of the meeting of the Working Party on the Accession of Samoa. The Director-General met with Falani Chan Tung, Secretary, Department of Trade, Commerce and Industry, Hinauri Petani, Financial Secretary, Treasury Department, Government of Samoa, Brenda P. Heather, Attorney General, Office of the Attorney General, Government of Samoa and Malaki Iakopo, Director of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry and Meteorology.
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08.03.02 Director-General Mr. Mike Moore welcomes Mr. Ching-Chang Yen, Permanent Representative of the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu to the WTO. Mr. Yen said that he was looking forward to working with the WTO Secretariat and other WTO Members.
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05.03.02 The Director-General met with H.E. Mr. M. Yesenbayev, Minister of the Economy and Trade of the Republic of Kazakhstan. A general discussion took place on issues relating to the accession of Kazakstan. Minister Yesenbayev and other negotiators are visiting Geneva to pursue bilateral market access negotations with WTO Members. The Minister also met with the Accessions Division during the afternoon.
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19.02.02 Director-General Mike Moore met today with Mr. Jan Karlsson, Minister for International Development Cooperation of Sweden. Discussions focused on technical cooperation, capacity building and coherence between international agencies delivering technical assistance. They also discussed preparations for upcoming events including the WTO Pledging Conference for the Doha Development Agenda Global Trust Fund and the United Nations Financing for Development Conference to be held in Mexico.
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19.02.02 The Director-General met with the United Kingdom's Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Dr Denis MacShane MP. They had a general discussion on issues relating to the Doha Development Agenda. They also exchanged views on questions of coordination and engagement with wider society both nationally and at the level of the WTO.
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14.02.02 This morning the Director-General, Mr. Mike Moore, met with H.E. Mr. Cham Prasidh, Minister of Commerce of Cambodia and head of the country's delegation to the Working Party on the Accession of Cambodia. Minister Cham is visiting the WTO on the occasion of today's meeting of the Working Party on the Accession of Cambodia to the World Trade Organization.
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13.02.02 The Director-General made three statements at the General Council meeting on 13 February 2002:
  • He underlined the importance of acting swiftly on capacity-building and technical assistance for developing countries in his first report since the Doha Ministerial on progress to implement the Doha Development Agenda. 
    Director-General's report
  • Mr. Moore also reported to the General Council as the Chairman of the Trade Negotiations Committee on the TNC's first meeting. 
    Director-General's report
  • Finally, he welcomed the adoption of a Work Programme for LDCs . Mr. Moore congratulated Ambassador Simon Fuller, chairman of the Sub-Committee on Least-Developed Countries, for his efforts that led to the adoption of the Work Programme. 
    Director-General's statement
28.01.02 DG Moore meets first Chinese ambassador to the WTO. 
WTO Director-General Mike Moore welcomed Mr. Sun Zhenyu, China's first ambassador to the WTO on 28 January 2002. Ambassador Sun said that being the first Chinese ambassador would be a challenging task and that he was looking forward to working with the WTO Secretariat and other WTO members.
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24.01.02 WTO Director-General Mike Moore meets Czech Republic Prime Minister Milos Zeman. 
Mike Moore and Prime Minister Zeman concentrated on the issue of capacity building for developing countries in the context of the new round of negotiations, when they met on 24 January 2002. They also discussed progress in the accession of Russia to the WTO.
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24.01.02 WTO Director-General Mike Moore met his successor-to-be, Dr Supachai Panitchpadki, on 24 January 2002. They discussed the director-general’s responsibility in moving forward the negotiations launched in Doha. They emphasized the importance of helping developing countries to participate in the negotiations and benefit from them.
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21.01.02 Director-General Mike Moore and Canadian International Trade Minister Pierre Pettigrew met on 21 January to discuss the follow-up to the commitments made in Doha. Minister Pettigrew said the WTO Secretariat was coordinating well the post-Conference work in the light of the energy and enthusiasm that came out of Doha.
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21.01.02 Korea's Trade Minister Hwang Doo-Yun paid Director-General Mike Moore a visit at the WTO on 21 January 2002. They talked about the organization of the new negotiations, and building developing countries' capacity to participate in these negotiations.
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20.01.02 Director-General Mike Moore met Mexico's Secretary of Economy Luis Ernesto Derbez Bautista on Sunday 20 January 2002. Minister Derbez is due to chair the Fifth WTO Ministerial Conference which Mexico will host in 2003.
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17.01.02 Director General welcomes Guatemala's Minister of the Economy Arturo Montenegro to the WTO on the occasion of the Trade Policy Review of Guatemala.
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16.01.02

Moore on the first meeting of his Advisory Group: “Each of our experts comes from a different background and sees the world from a different perspective. But each shares a common desire: to see a vibrant and representative WTO serving all its member governments and their people more effectively.”
See also the press release: First meeting of the Director-General's advisory group
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16.01.02

Director-General Mike Moore and EU Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy met today for the first time since the Doha Ministerial Conference in November 2001. Their discussion focused on the organization of trade-related technical assistance for developing countries.
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