WASHINGTON - U.S.
Trade Representative Robert B. Zoellick will travel to Montreal, Canada to join
27 other Ministers responsible for trade for an informal meeting to discuss the
Doha Development Agenda negotiations July 28-30. This meeting will take place in
preparation for the Fifth World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Conference
to be held from September 10 -14, in Cancún, Mexico.
meeting in Montreal provides us with a good opportunity to focus the agenda as
we reach the midway-point in Cancun," said Zoellick. "The United States has
shown, through our WTO proposals and leadership, our commitment to advancing the
benefits of trade for workers and families in the United States and the world,
and we intend to stay on that track."
Zoellick met on
Thursday with New Zealand Trade Negotiations Minister Jim Sutton and today with
Australian Trade Minister Mark Vaile, discussing the global trade talks with
both Ministers. Over the weekend, Zoellick will be meeting with U.S. Agriculture
Secretary Ann M. Veneman and European Union Farm Commissioner Franz Fischler to
discuss the WTO agricultural trade negotiations. On Monday, Zoellick will be
meeting with EU Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy, along with bilateral meetings
with other delegations.
The United States
has made aggressive proposals in the W.T.O. to spur global trade talks in areas
Agriculture. The United States believes that we must have a level playing
field for all countries in the WTO. Therefore, in July of 2002, we proposed
reducing global trade barriers, decreasing global trade-distorting subsidies by
over $100 billion annually, and eliminating export subsidies. The United States
has called upon those countries with the largest subsidies to make the most
and Consumer Goods. The United States has proposed a "tariff free world" by
calling on members of the WTO to eliminate all tariffs on consumer and
industrial goods by 2015. The U.S. proposal would benefit all WTO nations by
eliminating barriers for developing countries and boosting the national family
income in developed countries. This proposal, combined with the far-reaching
U.S. agricultural reform proposal would eliminate tariffs on the nearly $6
trillion in annual world goods trade, lifting the economic fortunes of workers,
families, businesses, and consumers.
Services. The United States, already one of the most open services
markets in the world, has proposed aggressive global liberalization in this
important area. Service sectors would include financial services (including
insurance, banking and securities); telecommunications; express delivery;
computer services; energy; and environmental services. This would provide more
choices and better incomes and lifestyles for Americans the rest of the
Meeting will be hosted by Canadian Minister for International Trade, Pierre
Pettigrew. Other participants will be: Argentina, Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil,
Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, the European Commission, Egypt, Guyana, Hong
Kong, India, Japan, Kenya, Lesotho, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand,
Pakistan, Senegal, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, and Switzerland.