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.
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.
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.
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
Director-General met with H.E. Mr. Basel Fuleihan, Minister of Economy
and Trade of Lebanon to discuss WTO accession-related issues.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Director-General made three statements at the General Council meeting
on 13 February 2002:
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.
Moore also reported to the General Council as the Chairman of the
Trade Negotiations Committee on the TNC's first meeting.
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.
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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.
WTO Director-General Mike Moore meets Czech Republic Prime Minister
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
General welcomes Guatemala's Minister of the Economy Arturo
Montenegro to the WTO on the occasion of the Trade Policy Review of
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.”
also the press release: First meeting of the
Director-General's advisory group
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.