The Leaders' statement on Doha is a strong, clear and urgent message of
commitment by all APEC members to contribute in the negotiations resuming in
Geneva. The statement is truly signficant because it represents a mix of 21
countries - developed and developing, large and small, east and west - agreeing
on the need for ambitious results that will deliver new trade flows.
The APEC leaders have put forward a challenge to the rest of the world --
from Brasilia to Delhi to Brussels -- by pledging to show the ambition,
political will and flexibility necessary to achieve success.
The APEC leaders are calling on others to do the same -- while also endorsing
the current draft texts on agriculture and industrial goods as the basis for the
resumed negotiations in Geneva.