World Trade Organization (WTO)

WTO Doha Round Bulletin

September 2008

This bulletin, summarising key WTO Doha Round-related activities, is issued by the Office of Trade Negotiations, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Key Issues

Developments since the July Ministerial Meeting

Since the July Ministerial Meeting in Geneva, there has been widespread recognition of the importance of resuming efforts to resolve the outstanding issues in the Doha Round as soon as possible. The Prime Minister, Mr Rudd and the Minister for Trade, Mr Crean have spoken to WTO Director General Pascal Lamy, world leaders and trade ministers, emphasising Australia’s commitment to re-starting the Round and pressing for re-engagement as soon as possible.

Australia is working hard to find solutions to the small number of issues left unresolved at the July Ministerial Meeting, and is pushing for WTO Members to lock in the progress made in July and re-engage as quickly as possible. No date has yet been set for when the negotiations might be resumed, although a meeting of officials this month seems likely.

Mr Crean made clear in his statement to the House on 26 August that Australia remains committed to the Round. Mr Crean updated the House on developments and said “the July talks took us closer than we have ever been to our goal and that is why, with this most unusual kind of break-up, there is such a compelling case for us to get back together again quickly to finish the job”.

WTO Meetings in Geneva


15-26 September: Rules weeks (to be confirmed)

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