Official Stop the New Round! Coalition Statement, September 9, 2003

Stop the new WTO round! Caravan and SNR! Cancun monitor launched to defend Philippine interest in trade talks

On Wednesday, September 10, 10 a.m. in Cancun, Mexico (12 midnight Manila time), the Fifth Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO) formally opens for a five-day meeting to take stock of the progress of negotiations under the Work Programme adopted at the Fourth Ministerial Conference in Doha, Qatar in November 2001. The Cancun Ministerial is very critical. It puts o­n the table the framework within which to conclude negotiations for new agreements in agriculture, non-agriculture products, and services, as well as the framework to launch new negotiations o­n the new issues of investment, competition policy, government procurement, and trade facilitation.

By Philippines Statement to the Special Session of the WTO Committee on Agriculture
1 July 2003

Mr. Chairman, it is with much interest and concern that we followed the debates last week and today. While our interest has surely not flagged, our concern has grown as many of the developed country members continue to maintain their respective stands on their own versions of further trade liberalization without due regard and, more importantly, linkage to the other pillars mandated for equally quantum reforms in the so-called Doha

By Walden Bello

The Philippines in the WTO, 1995-2003, published by Focus on the Global South and Stop the New Round! Coalition, Philippines.

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