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Statement by the Caribbean Community to the 7th WTO Ministerial Conference, Geneva, November 30 Print E-mail
Tuesday, 01 December 2009 10:00

This 7th WTO Ministerial Conference offers an opportunity to reaffirm our collective commitment to a trading system that brings real benefits to all WTO Members through a genuinely inclusive, transparent and multilateral process. In this context, there are a number of issues that the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) would wish to highlight.

First, CARICOM is exceedingly distressed by attempts to recalibrate the mandate of the Doha Development Round. Our participation in the Round has always been predicated on the rebalancing of the multilateral trading system in a manner that promotes the sustainable development of developing countries. We therefore call on all WTO Members to reaffirm the centrality of trade provisions that are supportive of our development aspirations in the multilateral trading system.

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