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HK official to attend WTO 8th Ministerial Conference


18:55, December 14, 2011

HONG KONG, Dec. 14 (Xinhua) -- Hong Kong Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Gregory So, leading the Hong Kong, China, delegation, will leave for Geneva, Switzerland, on Thursday to attend the Eighth Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO), the local government website said Wednesday.

The Ministerial Conference will be held from Dec. 15 to 17 with three themes -- "Importance of the Multilateral Trading System and the WTO", "Trade and Development" and "Doha Development Agenda".

Ministers or representatives from 153 members of the WTO will review the operation of the multilateral trading system and discuss the accession of new members to the WTO and how the WTO can assist the integration of developing countries into the multilateral trading system.

They will also review the progress made on the negotiations of the Doha Development Agenda and look for approaches to advance the negotiations toward a successful conclusion.

In Geneva, So will take the opportunity to meet his ministerial counterparts to discuss how to strengthen the WTO's work and move forward the Doha Round negotiations. They will also exchange views on the issues of mutual interest.

The Hong Kong, China, delegation will include the Permanent Representative of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China to the WTO, Martin Glass, the Director-General of Trade and Industry, Maria Kwan, and representatives from the Trade and Industry Department.

So will return to Hong Kong on Dec. 19.

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