de despedida de Mike Moore
de Negociaciones Comerciales
were pleased to have a number of capital-based officials amongst our
ranks. I was also pleased to be able to welcome Dr Supachai
Panitchpakdi to our meeting. As I noted, the transition process is
first agenda item concerned the reports to the TNC by the
Chairpersons of bodies established by it. I believe we all owe our
thanks to all the Chairs for their hard and difficult work over the
last few months. Although they had all issued written reports before
the TNC meeting, they were all good enough to take the floor to share
the latest information on the work of their groups. Almost 40
delegations commented on these reports, and my sense of the discussion
was that everyone is committed, and even optimistic.
is only natural that problems crop up — this is part of the very
nature of the negotiations we have embarked on. When I opened the TNC
meeting, we still had one major unresolved issue — the market access
programme of meetings. But thanks to the hard work of that Group's
Chair, and the cooperation and flexibility shown by participants, an
acceptable solution was reached. The Negotiating Group met directly
after the TNC on 19 July and adopted its programme of meetings.
problems still remain. On the issue of IGO observerships, some
creativity in this area will be necessary. We are not yet near a
solution to this problem, and I urge delegations to continue to seek a
creative and pragmatic way forward.
the work is moving at a steady and deliberate speed. All of us are
aware that time is the only thing we can't replace or recycle. So I
think we cannot indulge in the luxury of spending too much time in the
next few months over issues of process. Our focus here, in capitals
and at Cabinet tables must be on substance, and on the Doha
delegations touched on our second agenda item — Future Work
— in their statements under agenda item 1, so our discussions
here were shorter. You will recall that at the last TNC meeting in
April, I said by the time of the July meeting, we should have a more
precise road map to Mexico. To facilitate discussion at the TNC, I
circulated, in document Job(02)/78, a timeline from here to Cancún
showing in a concise way key dates and deadlines established so far. I
believe that road map is clear, that we know the deadlines, and that
everybody here is committed to meeting those deadlines. It is now
about substance, about real negotiations.
have talked to a number of Ministers about Ministerial-level
involvement in the work, and I believe that it is also important that
senior officials continue to be closely involved in Geneva from time
to time, so as to allow this Member-driven, ministerial-led
organization to achieve what Members want it to achieve by the next
Ministerial Conference. I have passed on my best advice concerning the
road map to my successor.
in closing the meeting, I outlined the dates of future TNC meetings.
After consultation with Dr. Supachai, I informed participants that the
next meeting will be held on 3-4 October. Thereafter, we would
foresee at least one more meeting this year on 4-6 December.