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2001.9 第3回ASEM経済閣僚会合(ソウル)議長声明(WTO部分)

  1. Ministers recalled the commitment of Leaders at ASEM III to work for the launch of a new WTO trade round at the earliest opportunity to promote global growth, prosperity and sustainable development and to meet the challenges of globalisation. That commitment remains undiminished. Mindful of the possible slowdown of the global economy, Ministers recognised the need for launching a new round as it can serve as a catalyst to revitalise the economy through further trade liberalization and strengthening of the rule-based multilateral trading system. Ministers expressed their political will and flexibility in building support for launching a round at the Fourth WTO Ministerial Conference in Doha.

  2. To reach consensus on the launch of a round, Ministers agreed that the negotiating agenda should be sufficiently broad, and balanced to reflect the interests and concerns of all WTO members. The round should encompass further trade liberalisation, improvement, strengthening and development of WTO rules.

  3. Ministers supported the positive and constructive manner in which the negotiations under the built-in agenda have been carried out and pledged to actively pursue these negotiations in good faith. Ministers also emphasised the importance of addressing implementation-related issues and concerns. They also supported efforts to improve transparency within the WTO.

  4. Ministers also stressed the need to address the interests and concerns of developing and least-developed countries through various means, including, inter alia, special and differential treatment, improved market access and technical assistance for capacity building. Such an approach would help these countries to participate fully in the WTO multilateral processes and benefit from the results of the new round of negotiations.

  5. Ministers reiterated their support for the acceleration of the current accession negotiations of ASEM non-WTO members, based on mutually acceptable market access commitments and adherence to WTO rules, taking into account specific conditions and needs of the acceding countries. Ministers called for specific supporting and capacity building measures by ASEM partners to be provided to assist the accession negotiation process of ASEM non-WTO members.
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