Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Minister to attend informal WTO meeting in Canada

Minister to attend informal WTO meeting in Canada

Trade Negotiations Minister Jim Sutton leaves today for the United States and Canada.

Mr Sutton will attend the next WTO informal ministerial meeting in Montreal, Canada. This meeting, the last such meeting before the full WTO Ministerial Meeting in Cancun, provides another opportunity to meet with key like-minded colleagues to issue a strong challenge to other WTO members to revitalise the lagging negotiations.

"This meeting comes at a crucial time, only weeks out from the next full WTO Ministerial meeting in Cancun in September. We need to keep up the dialogue on the key issues, particularly agriculture, to avoid a derailment at Cancun."

Informal ministerial meetings have been held almost every month since November last year, usually with a group of about 25 trade ministers from WTO member countries, in an effort to thrash out difficult issues. The meetings provide opportunities for developing and developed countries to assess progress and discuss how to move the Doha Development Agenda forward.

Mr Sutton said he expected agriculture to be a key focus of the discussions in Montreal.

"Agriculture is central to both the New Zealand and Canadian economies, and I expect it to be a hot issue. It remains the most contentious area of the negotiations, with no real progress having been made on narrowing the gap between positions. Reform of agricultural trade is vitally important to many developing countries. If this Doha Development Round is to be a success, it must have a good outcome on agriculture."

Mr Sutton will also visit Washington on his way to Montreal, to call on a range of politicians and officials and will speak at a business meeting. He returns to New Zealand on August 1.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Decision Day: Peters Chooses Labour

Winston Peters says he will form a Government in coalition with Labour and the Greens giving confidence and supply.

Peters said he had been offered the position of Deputy Prime Minister and a number of other ministerial posts would go to his colleagues

He said economic and monetary policy changes were needed to face a coming economic downturn.>>>More


Labour on its agreement |Peters: Post-Election Announcement Speech | Greenpeace “cautiously hopeful” about new Government | ACT - Madman on the loose | E tū ecstatic | Chamber welcomes the outcome


Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>


Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>


Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>


Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>


Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election