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In 1-1/2 hours, he responded to almost 200 questions in English,
French and Spanish from many countries, including Brazil, China, Morocco,
the United States, and from those applying for WTO membership, such as the
Russian Federation and Vietnam. At anytime, some 25 to 30 questions were in
the queue from students, NGOs, government officials, professors and
The questions touched on many trade issues in the news, such as progress in
the Doha Round, the development aspect of the trade talks, farm subsidies,
China's role in international trade, medicine and public health, and
settlement of trade disputes.
Near the end of the lunchtime chat, one concerned participant asked Mr Lamy
if he was getting hungry. The Director-General replied that he had “a solid
breakfast, and bread and banana are in my office”.
At the end of the chat, Mr Lamy said that he hoped he could hold another
live chat “probably around two months from now”.