APEC trade ministers call for early conclusion of Doha Round

16:21, June 06, 2010      

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Representatives attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Trade Ministers Meeting pose for a group photo in Sapporo of Japan, June 5, 2010. (Xinhua Photo) Trade ministers of the Asia- Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) economies called Sunday for an early conclusion of the Doha Round trade talks.

The APEC trade ministers made the appeal in a statement in Sapporo, capital of Japan's northernmost Hokkaido Prefecture after a two-day gathering.

"We...express our strong commitment to the multilateral trading system and our unwavering determination to bring the Doha Development Agenda to a successful conclusion as soon as possible, " said the statement.

The eight-year-old Doha Round of trade negotiations currently remain stalled, with 153 WTO members widely divided on complex issues of farm trade and industrial market access.

In a separate statement, the ministers said "significant progress" has been made toward attaining the forum's 1994 Bogor Goals of trade and investment liberalization.


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