USTR Issues Cairns Statement

Kirk sees progress at trade meeting.

U.S. Trade Ambassador Ron Kirk issued a statement following the conclusion of the 33rd Cairns Group Ministerial Meeting, held in Bali. Kirk called the meeting very productive. In plurilateral and bilateral meetings, Kirk said he discussed a number of trade issues important to the Cairns ministers and to the United States.

 

The Ambassador also reiterated the U.S. commitment to a successful conclusion to the Doha round. "A successful conclusion will mean an ambitious and balanced result with new market openings for all, and significant contributions to global economic recovery and long-term economic growth and development," Kirk said.

 

Still Kirk cautioned that while the U.S. should not discard the progress made to date in the Doha round, new ideas to get these talks moving again must be considered. He said it will take some creativity, and quiet and informal work by ministers and senior officials, and some countries have already begun offering suggestions to adjust the process.

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