WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy — Speeches and statements

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29.08.2013 Before his departure, Pascal Lamy signs new WTO infrastructure contract in Bern
Swiss Federal Councillor Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf and WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy have today signed, in Bern, the final version of the new WTO infrastructure contract.
24.07.2013 Lamy: “Together, we have strengthened the WTO as the global trade body”
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in his farewell statement to the General Council on 24 July 2013, said: “It has been an immense honour and privilege to serve this organization. I think it is fair to say that, together, we have strengthened the WTO as the global trade body, as a major pillar of global economic governance. Despite the heavy headwinds and the turmoil in the global economy as well as on the geo-political scene, together we have made this organization larger and stronger.”
Farewell statement to the General Council
Audio: Farewell statement by Pascal Lamy
Proposed agenda
23.07.2013 Lamy launches the “book of record” on the WTO
Director-General Pascal Lamy, at the launch of “The History and Future of the World Trade Organization” on 23 July 2013, called it “the book of record of the relatively short but immensely full life of the WTO”. He added: “Even more than this, by providing a reflection on what has been, this book may well guide us on what will be. And this way, we will be able to keep making history.”
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DG Lamy’s remarks at book launch
22.07.2013 Road to Bali much clearer than two months ago — Lamy
Director-General Pascal Lamy, at the Trade Negotiations Committee meeting on 22 July 2013, said: “There has been a relatively good level of refuelling from all formats of consultations including in negotiating groups and facilitator/friends of the Chair processes. Also encouraging is the increased level of momentum in substantive engagement. I believe that today, we have a much sharper sense of the key issues that remain for urgent decision and the links between… I would say that the glass is two-thirds full.” “But it would also be fair to say that [members] are not yet there,” he added. Noting that “there remain only three months between now and Bali [Ministerial Conference]”, he called on members to sustain “this renewed momentum and remain focused in the final stretch from the autumn.”
News story with audio and Lamy’s statement
Audio: Statement by Pascal Lamy to the TNC
17.07.2013 Lamy: “Trade capacity building is now firmly embedded in the WTO psyche”
Director-General Pascal Lamy told the Committee on Trade and Development on 17 July 2013 that “since becoming Director-General in 2005, and building on the initiatives of my predecessors, I have made all efforts to situate the trade-related capacity building of developing countries, especially the least-developed countries, as one of the central pillars of the work of this organization”. He noted that “the WTO has been delivering more than 300 technical assistance activities annually in the last decade… thousands of developing-country officials have gained valuable knowledge and skills that have enabled them to carry out their roles more effectively”.
11.07.2013 WTO Chairs Programme’s track record “impressive” —Lamy
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in opening the WTO Chairs Programme Annual Conference 2013 on 11 July 2013, said that since its launch in 2010, the programme has produced “significant input” in terms of curriculum development, research and outreach. He noted that the objective of the programme is “to enhance knowledge and understanding of the trading system among academics, citizens but also policy makers in developing countries”.
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Pascal Lamy’s opening remarks at the 2013 WCP Annual Conference
10.07.2013 Lamy: “We cannot afford to lose the momentum on Aid for Trade”
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in closing the three-day Fourth Global Review of Aid for Trade on 10 July 2013, said that “based on what I have heard over these three days, I would like to suggest that we focus on sustaining progress with two main targets in mind: bringing trade costs down while adding value to developing country trade”. He noted that “we have collected abundant evidence that the large sums mobilized on Aid for Trade are being well-spent”.
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Statement by Pascal Lamy
09.07.2013 Lamy: The WTO has its doors open to all, not least NGOs
Speaking at the CUTS 30th Anniversary Lecture on 9 July 2013 during the Fourth Global Review of Aid for Trade, Director-General Pascal Lamy said that over the past 30 years “the multilateral trading system has witnessed radical transformations. What was once a members-only club has its doors open to all, not least the non-governmental organizations (NGOs).”
09.07.2013 Lamy stresses need to overcome skills gaps in developing countries
At a side event on “skills for competitiveness” held on 9 July 2013 at the Fourth Global Review of Aid for Trade, Director-General Pascal Lamy said “overcoming existing skills gaps in developing countries can help them draw enhanced benefits from their participation in the multilateral trading system”.
08.07.2013 Lamy: Aid for Trade aims to “connect the least connected”
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in opening the three-day Fourth Global Review of Aid for Trade at the WTO on 8 July 2013, said: “Aid for Trade is making a difference. But it can make more of a difference if it tackles the factors needed to get the business and investment climate right. To connect the least connected in international trade.”
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Pascal Lamy’s opening remarks
30.06.2013 Lamy: “The WTO Secretariat is finally reunited in one place”
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in leading the ribbon-cutting ceremony marking the completion of the new WTO campus on 30 June 2013, thanked the governments of Switzerland and Geneva for their help and support. Noting that the renovation and building projects were finished on time and within the budget, he said the new extension evokes the “transparency, flexibility, but also the strength and the international character of the WTO”.
25.06.2013 Lamy thanks Geneva for honouring the WTO with the millésime of the Vigne des Nations
Director-General Pascal Lamy, on 25 June 2013, thanked the city and the canton of Geneva for honouring the WTO with the the millésime of the Vigne des Nations this year. He also thanked them for the “hospitality and unwavering support” that have helped complete the major renovation and expansion of the WTO headquarters. He invited Geneva residents to the WTO Open Day on 30 June marking the completion of the WTO building project.
19.06.2013 Lamy: European leaders must lead from the front
Director-General Pascal Lamy, at the 2013 Brussels Economic Forum Third Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa Lecture on 19 June 2013, said that “the economic crisis in Europe is in reality the backdrop of a wider and deeper European crisis: a crisis in the very soul of European integration”. He added that “European leaders must lead from the front and they must start soon”.
18.06.2013 Lamy says Aid for Trade Global Review now preeminent forum for trade and development
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a speech to the Joint WTO-OECD Workshop on the 2013 Aid for Trade Monitoring and Evaluation Exercise on 18 June 2013, said that preparations are on track for the 4th Global Review of Aid for Trade to be held on 8-10 July 2013. He noted that 36 ministers and heads of agency are expected to participate in the review, which will have 24 plenary sessions and 31 side events. “Over 800 pages of analysis have been prepared for the review”, he added.
12.06.2013 WTO ready to help Haiti benefit more from trade – Lamy
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in an address on 12 June 2013 to the Haiti Diplomatic Academy and officials from the Ministry of Trade in Port au Prince, said that their country can use international trade coupled with Aid for Trade to develop. He declared that the WTO stands side by side with Haiti so that these opportunities could be realized.
11.06.2013 Lamy: “Aid for Trade to support closer Caribbean integration”
Director-General Pascal Lamy, at the launch of the Caribbean Regional Aid For Trade Strategy in Port au Prince, Haiti on 11 June 2013, said: “Today intra-Caribbean trade stands at just 13% which, as CARICOM itself notes, is on average, at 46 % below its trade potential. There are tremendous opportunities for increasing the role of trade in the region’s growth. The strategy we are launching today, with its focus on maritime transport, ICT and energy will be a central pillar in supporting closer economic integration.”
05.06.2013 “Good policy should be backed by good research” – Lamy
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in his welcome remarks at the IMF/World Bank/WTO Trade Workshop on 5-6 June 2013, said “the nature of trade is changing – in particular given the rise in reach and extension of production networks — so we need to understand and adjust to this new reality for future policy making, bearing in mind the role of trade in contributing to sustainable development, growth, jobs and poverty alleviation”.
03.06.2013 Members approaching last petrol station before Bali — Lamy
Director-General Pascal Lamy, on 3 June 2013, told the Trade Negotations Committee: “We have about 40 working days left before the end of July, which I see as the last petrol station before the Bali highway. We must make substantive advances in this period if we are to have any chance of successfully delivering in Bali and preparing a post Bali roadmap.”
News story with audio and Lamy’s statement
Audio: Statement by Pascal Lamy to the TNC
22.05.2013 Lamy: Africa is the growth continent for the 21st century
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a speech at the University of Nairobi on 22 May 2013, said: “Africans today are more confident and hopeful in the future than ever before. This is also the great transformation that I have seen in the attitude of African negotiators in WTO: confident that trade, if coupled with domestic policies and Aid for Trade can be an engine for growth.”
15.05.2013 Lamy urges further opening of Europe’s services sector
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a speech at the European Business Summit in Brussels on 15 May 2013, said that “a big part of the answer to improving European competitiveness lies in a greater and better leveraging of Europe’s comparative advantage: the size of its internal market”. He added that “a further effort in opening up the services sector in Europe would go a long way in improving European competitiveness”.
15.05.2013 Economic engagement with emerging countries key to Europe’s growth — Lamy
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a speech to Institute Notre Europe in Brussels on 15 May 2013, said that “90% of the growth addressed to the European Union in the next ten years will originate outside Europe…an increased economic engagement with middle and global powers, and in particular emerging countries, will be a key lever for Europe’s growth”.
14.05.2013 General Council appoints Azevêdo as next Director-General, Lamy pledges smooth transition
At a special meeting on 14 May 2013, the General Council approved the appointment of Ambassador Roberto Carvalho de Azevêdo (Brazil) as the next Director-General of the WTO. He begins his term of office on 1 September 2013. Director-General Pascal Lamy pledged to work closely with Ambassador Azevêdo in ensuring a smooth transition.
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Statement by the Chairman
Statement by Director-General Lamy
Statement by Ambassador Azevêdo
08.05.2013 Troika recommends Carvalho de Azevêdo to be the next WTO Director-General
At an informal meeting of the Heads of Delegation on 8 May 2013, the three facilitators in the process of selecting the next WTO Director-General recommended Ambassador Roberto Carvalho de Azevêdo (Brazil) as the candidate who can gain consensus approval of WTO members. The facilitators suggested that members approve Amb. Azevêdo as Director-General at the General Council meeting on 14 May 2013.
Statement by the Chair of the General Council
Audio: Statement by the Chair of the General Council
06.05.2013 Lamy sees bigger ITC role in Aid for Trade
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a speech to the Joint Advisory Group of the International Trade Centre (ITC) in Geneva on 6 May 2013, paid tribute to the leadership of ITC Executive Director Patricia Francis during the past seven years. He said that “ITC continues to be seen by policy makers and policy users around the globe as an implementer of real world policies and as an organization that has its fingers on the pulse of the needs and priorities of the private sector.”
29.04.2013 Lamy calls for dialogue on trade and energy in the WTO
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a speech to the Workshop on the Role of Intergovernmental Agreements in Energy Policy organized by the Energy Charter Secretariat on 29 April 2013 at the WTO, said “what is sorely lacking in the current WTO context is a constructive and forward-looking discussion among members on the rapidly expanding trade and energy interface.” He added that “such discussion is a pre-requisite to build up the necessary consensus on the WTO’s future role in global energy governance.”
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Welcoming Remarks by the WTO Director-General, Mr. Pascal Lamy
29.04.2013 Lamy welcomes non-resident members and observers to Geneva Week
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in opening the 26th Geneva Week for non-residents on 29 April 2013, said that this event “has been tailored to allow you, the non-resident members and observers, to be more effective and to promote and defend your interests within the WTO family”.
26.04.2013 DG Selection: Blanco and Carvalho de Azevêdo advance to final round
The three facilitators in the process for the selection of the next Director-General will begin on 1 May 2013 the third and final round of consultations on the basis of a revised slate of two candidates.
24.04.2013 Governments face four-pronged convergence challenge in trade—Lamy Panel
The Panel on Defining the Future of Trade convened by Director-General Pascal Lamy, on 24 April 2013, issued its report “The Future of Trade: The Challenges of Convergence”. “Regulating trade opening is only one of the many challenges facing a rapidly integrating world economy. But it is also one where we already have a system which has shown its resilience. Like all assets, it needs not just proper maintenance. It also needs investment in the future. We offer this report as a call to action and a contribution to further reflection – action and reflection that we believe are essential to address our current stasis and the real risk this carries of imposing significant economic, social and political costs across the globe,” the Panel said.
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22.04.2013 Lamy: WTO pushing for a world growth agenda
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in his speech to the World Bank Development Committee in Washington on 20 April 2013, said “the WTO has been at the forefront of pushing for a growth agenda, especially in the post-2015 period, and will continue to work towards securing a more central role for trade and economic growth as the process unfolds.” Noting that this was his final Development Committee meeting as WTO Director-General, he underlined the importance of WTO-World Bank collaboration, especially in Aid for Trade.
17.04.2013 Lamy says Europe needs a good compass to sail through crisis
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a speech to the Institute of International and European Affairs in Dublin, Ireland on 17 April 2013, said that “the best way to sail through the crisis is to use a good compass – the name of the European compass must be ‘confidence’… Confidence that Europe has the strength to sail in an ever more globalized world”.
11.04.2013 Lamy says change in mind-set needed for Bali to succeed
Director-General Pascal Lamy, at an informal Trade Negotiations Committee meeting on 11 April 2013, said that “the stark reality is that the current pace of work is largely insufficient to deliver successfully in Bali…But, more than changing the pace of work, we need a change in mind-set. We need to move from exploring and understanding issues to closing gaps. We need to move from identifying what does not work to finding alternative solutions to reach consensus.”
News story with audio and Lamy’s statement
> Audio: Statement by Pascal Lamy to the TNC (coming soon)
24.03.2013 China should be more active in global economic governance, Lamy tells Beijing forum
With advanced economies and emerging countries divided over how to balance the gains and the costs of international issues such as the Doha Round negotiations, China is well-placed to become an agent of convergence, WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy told the China Development Forum in Beijing, 24 March 2013.
18.03.2013 Lamy: “Recommitting to commodity sector development as an engine of economic growth and poverty reduction”
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a speech at the UNCTAD Global Commodities Forum in Geneva on 18 March 2013, said: “Recommitting to commodity sector development in all its aspects is crucial to our shared objectives of promoting growth and eradicating poverty. This meeting comes at a timely moment and I am more than happy to recommit the WTO to playing its part in this vital effort.”
15.03.2013 Receiving honorary doctorate in Turkey, Lamy warns against remote global governance
Unprecedented globalization has created a “governance deficit” with citizens out of touch with government at international levels, WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy said in an address at Bilkent University, Ankara, on 15 March 2013, when he received an honorary doctorate
14.03.2013 Emerging economies: ‘shapers and makers’ in changing landscape, Lamy tells Turkish University
Global value chains now span South-South lines and emerging developing countries are active in writing international trade rules rather than simply taking what they are given, WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy said in an address at Bigli University, Istanbul, on 14 March 2013.
14.03.2013 In value chains, “what cannot be counted does not count”: Lamy addresses Turkish think tank
International trade data in value added reveal the importance of services, show that blocking imports can hurt a country’s own exports, cast trade imbalances in a new light and allow a focus on job creation, WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy told the Economic Development Foundation (IKV) and the Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey (TEPAV) in Istanbul on 14 March 2013.
11.03.2013 ‘Asian Century’ means shared prosperity, responsibility and multilateral agreements, Lamy tells conference
Asia has enjoyed a surge in trade in proportion to its economic size, is increasingly involved in global supply chains and has turned to free trade agreements to pursue its trade agenda. The time has come to “multilateralize” those agreements, WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy told a conference on “The Future of the World Trading System: Asian perspectives” on 11 March 2013
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Statement by Pascal Lamy
07.03.2013 “A prominent place for growth in the post-2015 development agenda” — Lamy
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a speech at the Conference on International Cooperation in 2020 in the Hague on 7 March 2013, said that “economic growth and trade — as a driver of growth — deserve a prominent place in the post 2015 development agenda. We need an agenda that integrates economic growth with social inclusion and with environmental protection.” He added: “Collectively we must plan for a common destination for the post-2015 development agenda. We need a compass that has countries converging around the same destination. ‘Convergence’ must be an overarching principle. At the same time we need to allow for differences in the pace and rhythm of getting there. And we must make special efforts towards the poorest and weakest. These are in my view the three basic ingredients for a post-2015 development agenda.”
27.02.2013 Lamy: “The new mapping of international trade”
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a speech at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) on 26 February 2013, said that more and more products are now “Made in the World”, and no longer “Made in the UK” or “Made in Switzerland”. He said that “today, we have succeeded in making trade statistics lie a little less. Thanks to international cooperation, we can also hope that they will lie even less in the future.”
25.02.2013 Lamy urges members to accelerate work on Bali package
Director-General Pascal Lamy reported to the General Council on 25 February 2013 that negotiators are focusing on the Doha Round elements that are being developed as part of the deliverables for the Ninth Ministerial Conference in Bali: trade facilitation, agriculture and development/least developed-countries issues. He encouraged members “to step up your engagement, listen to each other and accelerate work on all fronts”.
Report by the Chairman of the Trade Negotiations Committee
Audio: Statement by Pascal Lamy
Summary of the General Council meeting
Proposed agenda
05.02.2013 Lamy: Coherence between health, intellectual property and trade key to access to medicines
Director-General Pascal Lamy, at the launch of the joint WTO-WHO-WIPO study “Promoting Access to Medical Technologies and Innovation” on 5 February 2013, said that “coherence between health policies, intellectual property rules and trade policy is key to finding sustainable solutions to access to medicines and medical technologies.” He added that “this study is one of the many bridges WTO has constructed with other international organizations during my tenure.”
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05.02.2013 WHO, WIPO, WTO release study on health innovation and access to medicines
For the first time, the three global intergovernmental bodies dealing with health, intellectual property and trade have pooled their expertise on a study of policies needed to advance medical and health technologies and to ensure they reach the people who need them.
01.02.2013 A trade facilitation deal could give a $1 trillion boost to world economy – Lamy
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a speech to the Chittagong Chamber of Commerce in Bangladesh on 1 February 2013, said that “removing barriers to trade and cutting red tape in half, which is what a multilateral Trade Facilitation Agreement could deliver, could stimulate the US$22 trillion world economy by more than $1 trillion.” He added that “this has real economic deliverables for a country such as Bangladesh that has the potential to exploit its comparative advantage in labour and in the garments industry.”
29.01.2013 Lamy: “Putting geopolitics back at the trade table”
At a speech at the IISS-Oberoi Discussion Forum in Delhi on 29 January 2013, Director-General Pascal Lamy commented that “while the world is mutipolarising at an unprecedented scale and speed, and production and trade value chains are multilateralising, trade governance seems to be bilateralising.” He warned that “we risk scattering the level playing field”.
29.01.2013 General Council: Proposed agenda — Proposed agenda
21.01.2013 WHO, WIPO, WTO to launch book: “Promoting Access to Medical Technologies and Innovation”
The World Health Organization, the World Intellectual Property Organization and the World Trade Organization will launch a new study on 5 February 2013 on the linked roles that public health policies, intellectual property and trade can play in advancing medical technology and ensuring it is available equitably to all who need it.
18.01.2013 WTO accession puts Russia in a better position to address its domestic challenges — Lamy
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a speech at the National Research University — Higher School of Economics in Moscow on 18 January 2013, expressed the hope that the Russian Federation “will use the opportunity of WTO accession as part of a wider strategy to improve the competitiveness of the Russian economy and to successfully integrate into the global marketplace, in order to increase welfare for the Russian people”.
16.01.2013 Lamy lauds $200 billion mobilized in Aid for Trade funding
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in his keynote address to the OECD Policy Dialogue on Aid for Trade in Paris on 16 January 2013, said that “we have made significant progress in securing additional financial resources” for Aid for Trade for developing countries. But he warned that “sustaining financing flows in the continued tight fiscal environment is going to be tough”.
16.01.2013 Lamy: “Better statistics today will contribute to better policies tomorrow”
Director-General Pascal Lamy, during the round table discussion on “New Steps in Measuring Trade in Value Added” at the OECD, Paris on 16 January 2013, said the release by the WTO and OECD of new batches of data to measure trade in value added is a “milestone in this long-term cooperation and endeavour of many players and stakeholders”.
03.01.2013 Nine candidates nominated for the post of Director-General
Nine candidates have been nominated by their respective governments for the post of WTO Director-General to succeed the current Director-General, Pascal Lamy, whose term of office expires on 31 August 2013.
11.12.2012 Lamy says members’ negotiating outlook for 2013 “encouraging”
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in his report to the General Council on 11 December 2012, said that the Trade Negotiations Committee meeting on 7 December “showed that members are fully aware of their responsibility and the importance of what is at stake here”. He added: “We had a pragmatic discussion about what is feasible for next year and I was pleased to note that the tone was one of caution, but also of realism and determination. I saw that members remain committed to achieving a credible outcome at MC9 [Ninth Ministerial Conference]. In one word, the discussion was encouraging, as I said in closing the meeting.”
Report by the Chairman of the Trade Negotiations Committee
Audio: Statement by Pascal Lamy
Summary of the General Council meeting
Proposed agenda
10.12.2012 Tajikistan accession — Statement by the Director-General
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Audio: Statement by Pascal Lamy
07.12.2012 Lamy urges “credible” results at Bali Ministerial
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in his report to the Trade Negotiations Committee on 7 December 2012, said “although we must manage expectations and keep ambitions in check for Bali, we cannot fall short of delivering on a credible basket of issues that would signal your confidence that the rest of the Doha agenda can be addressed in due course.”
News story with audio and Lamy’s statement
06.12.2012 Lamy hails ICC’s World Trade Agenda initiative
Director-General Pascal Lamy, during a briefing by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) on its World Trade Agenda initiative at the WTO on 6 December 2012, said “with the Doha Round as a package at an impasse and political energy for international initiatives at a low ebb, a strong push by business is needed if we are to successfully deter protectionism and infuse trade policy with new energy and vigour.”
06.12.2012 Next Aid for Trade review to highlight constraints in connecting to value chains—Lamy
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in opening the FERDI, ITC and World Bank Workshop on Aid for Trade at the WTO headquarters on 6 December 2012, expressed the hope that the Fourth Global Review of Aid for Trade next year will “highlight the main constraints which firms in developing countries face in connecting to value chains and the support that is being provided to address the constraints”.
05.12.2012 Lamy: “The world economy needs more trade to stave off recession”
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in his annual report to members on developments in the international trading environment, said: “The world needs a renewed and stronger commitment from all Governments to revitalize the multilateral trading system that can restore economic certainty at a time when it is badly needed. The policy determination to resist inward-looking policies seems to be faltering in some countries, even as the world economy needs more trade to stave off recession.”
30.11.2012 Lamy and Deputy PM discuss post-accession programme for Vanuatu
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Trade, Commerce, Industries and Tourism Ham Lini Vanuaroroa in Port Vila on 30 November 2012, said his visit was aimed at “building a post-accession programme that meets the priorities of Vanuatu”.
26.11.2012 Emerging economies have shifted the balance of power in world trade—Lamy
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in presenting the Richard Snape Lecture on 26 November in Melbourne, Australia, said that: “The rising weight of influence of emerging economies has shifted the balance of power. This clearly implies a number of transitions to which we have not yet adjusted as classic Westphalia concepts of sovereignty are being challenged by the realities of interdependence. Some may consider this a problem, it is perhaps better to think of it as an opportunity to look at the real shaping factors of trade.”
16.11.2012 IPU Parliamentary Conference on WTO
IPU Parliamentary Conference on WTO
Welcoming Remarks by the WTO Director-General, Mr. Pascal Lamy
24.10.2012 Lamy cites ACP’s “instrumental role” in moving the trade debate forward
Director-General Pascal Lamy, at the meeting of ACP Ministers of Trade in Brussels on 24 October 2012, said the Group of African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) members “is one of the more powerful and influential advocacy and negotiating arms in the WTO”. He urged the ACP to actively participate on five trade fronts: trade facilitation, regional integration, Aid for Trade, global value chains, and non-tariff measures.
20.10.2012 Lamy urges “smart policies” to maintain European competitiveness
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a speech at the European Industry Forum in Berlin on 20 October 2012 said “I believe that a big part of the answer to maintaining the competitiveness of European industry in world markets relates to the need for smart domestic but also European policies”. He expressed the hope that “what we saw in Europe for the last six months, including at this week’s European Council, are the first steps towards exiting the euro crisis and restoring a much needed credibility”.
17.10.2012 Trade opening key to Europe’s economic recovery—Lamy
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a speech at the European Parliament on 17 October 2012, said that “consolidating open and transparent links with the world’s new centres of growth is essential to Europe’s sustainable economic recovery”. He added that “trade opening offers Europe an effective tool to promote pro-growth reforms through innovation and stronger productivity”.
12.10.2012 Lamy: Trade growth to modestly rebound in 2013 but world still in “tailwinds of the crisis”
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in his address to the Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry in Tokyo on 12 October 2012, said that “based on current information, and holding a number of assumptions to task, the WTO expects trade growth to modestly rebound to 4.5% in 2013 with exports of developed and developing economies increasing by 3.3% and 5.7%, respectively and imports increasing by 3.4% and 6.1%, it is clear that the world is still working its way out of the crisis”.
03.10.2012 Lamy: “Trade generates opportunities for development”
Director-General Pascal Lamy, at the opening of the academic year of the Geneva Graduate Institute with Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen on 3 October 2012, said: “In his work Development as Freedom, Prof. Sen defines development as a process that expands human freedom and removes those ‘unfreedoms’ that leave people with little choice and few opportunities. International trade is recognized as a tool for generating opportunities for development. In this same spirit, the WTO does not advocate open trade for its own sake, but as a means for ‘raising standards of living, ensuring full employment and a large and steadily growing volume of real income and effective demand’.”
03.10.2012 Lamy urges focus on “deliverables”
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in his report to the General Council on 3 October 2012, said that “we need to explore any and all options, small as they may be, for incremental progress on the negotiating agenda”. He said work in the Doha Development Agenda since the last meeting has seen “signs of momentum”, and that his recent contacts have confirmed “this collective desire to re-engage”.
Report by the Chairman of the Trade Negotiations Committee
Summary of the General Council meeting
Proposed agenda
01.10.2012 “Openness of trade and openness of minds” key to meeting challenges of the future—Lamy
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a speech at the Brookings Dialogue in Washington, D.C. on 1 October 2012, said that “the challenges of the future will be no less complex or challenging than those we face today. In fact, there is every reason to believe that the economic, environmental and social conditions we have created today will make those challenges even more difficult to meet”.
25.09.2012 Lamy: Helping developing countries remains priority but “nature of trade is changing”
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in his address to the 59th session of UNCTAD’s Trade and Development Board on 25 September 2012, said that “we must remain focused on our primary objective, a goal that the WTO and UNCTAD share: to help developing countries benefit from the globalized economy.” He added that “the way that goods are produced and traded (today) has implications for how we can best maximize trade’s contribution to growth and development.”
24.09.2012 Lamy: “Multilateralism is struggling”
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in welcoming participants to WTO’s Public Forum 2012 on 24 September 2012, said: “While multilateralism is struggling in almost all spheres of global co-operation, I stand here before you with some optimism. We are after all gathered in the “house of trade”. An international house that rose out of the ashes of two World Wars and which took some 60 years to create.”
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Welcome address by Director-General Pascal Lamy
21.09.2012 Lamy suggests “essential principles” for reform of global governance
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a speech at the Singapore Global Dialogue at the Rajaratnam School of International Studies on 21 September 2012, said that “shared values, multilateralism, subsidiarity, coherence, enforceability, legitimacy: our task in the years to come is to re-invent a system of global governance founded on these elements.”
21.09.2012 Lamy calls on decision-makers to move the WTO negotiations forward
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a speech at the Singapore Schuman Lecture Series of the European Chamber of Commerce in Singapore on 21 September 2012, said that the “the impasse in the negotiations is political and must be addressed at the political level if we want the multilateral trading system to contribute to exiting the crisis, sooner rather than later.”
20.09.2012 Lamy warns rise of regional trade agreements could lead to “policy fragmentation”
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a speech at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing on 20 September 2012 said that “as an international community we must continue to fight protectionism, but in the WTO in particular, we must also fight policy fragmentation.”
19.09.2012 Lamy: Global value chains are “binding us together”
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a speech at the WTO-MOFCOM-OECD-UNCTAD Seminar on Global Value Chains in Beijing on 19 September 2012, said that “the high level of import intensity in export production has created an unprecedented level of inter-dependency among countries engaged in supply chains. It is no longer just about exports. Imports are essential to export. It is no longer just about ‘them’. It is about ‘us’. ”
31.08.2012 Lamy addresses Collège Universitaire de Sciences Po
Director-General Pascal Lamy, on 31 August 2012, addressed the Collège Universitaire de Sciences Po.
25.07.2012 Lamy reports to General Council on Doha Round and urges negotiators to ‘change gears’
Director-General Pascal Lamy told WTO members in the General Council on 25 July 2012 that they should “change gears” after the summer break and engage seriously to produce results. He told members that an “all or nothing” strategy is the best way to ensure paralysis and added that the “ball lies in your court”.
Report by the Chairman of the Trade Negotiations Committee
Audio: Statement by Pascal Lamy
Summary of the General Council meeting
Proposed agenda
16.07.2012 Increased use of regulatory measures creates new challenges for the WTO, report says
Non-tariff measures, such as regulatory standards for manufactured and agricultural goods, can have a significant impact on trade — possibly even more than tariffs — according to the latest edition of the WTO’s flagship publication published on 16 July 2012. Director-General Pascal Lamy said “a clear trend has emerged in which NTMs are less about shielding producers from import competition and more about the attainment of a broad range of public policy objectives.”
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16.07.2012 Lamy: “The universe of non-tariff measures has changed”
I would like to welcome all of you to today’s launch of the World Trade Report 2012. I would also like to express my appreciation to our three panellists for taking the time to come and give us their views on the report, as a prelude to what I hope will be a lively discussion between all of you.
09.07.2012 Lamy announces improvements to “Geneva Week” for non-resident members
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in opening the 24th “Geneva Week” on 9 July 2012, announced improvements to this WTO programme for non-resident members and observers, including “organizing Geneva Week events around major topics and themes of systemic importance to the WTO and its Members…and allocating more time for you to hold individual consultations with WTO Secretariat staff, other Members or with experts from Geneva-based inter-governmental organizations.”
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Welcoming Remarks by the WTO Director-General, Mr. Pascal Lamy
29.06.2012 Europe needs a “Legitimacy Compact” — Lamy
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in receiving an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Edinburgh on 29 June 2012, said that “Europe needs a ‘Legitimacy Compact’ to complement its Fiscal and Growth Compacts. More stringent disciplines and stronger solidarity can only be held together in a more perfect political union.”
28.06.2012 Lamy cites “very broad confidence” in WTO dispute settlement
Director-General Pascal Lamy, during ceremonies commemorating the 30th anniversary of the GATT/WTO Legal Affairs Division on 28 June 2012, said that “there is very broad confidence in the WTO dispute settlement mechanism. Ninety-eight Members have participated in one capacity or another, which is 63 per cent of the membership. Importantly, developing Members are just as active as developed ones. Six of the most frequent complainants are developing country Members.”
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Pascal Lamy’s opening remarks
26.06.2012 Lamy: “Multilateralism is at a crossroads”
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a speech at the Humboldt-Viadrina School of Governance in Berlin on 26 June 2012, said that “multilateralism is at a crossroads. Either it advances in the spirit of shared values and enhanced co-operation, or we will face a retreat from multilateralism, at our own peril. Without global cooperation on finance, security, trade, the environment and poverty reduction, the risks of division, strife and war will remain dangerously real.”
25.06.2012 WTO university chairs are strengthening their roles as trade-reference points—Lamy
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in opening the third annual meeting of the WTO Chairs Programme on 25 June 2012, said that “the Chairs are strengthening their roles as reference points on trade-related matters vis-à-vis their respective communities”. He said that the 15 Chairs have produced more than 100 pieces of research, including four books, many working papers, articles, case comments and one database.
20.06.2012 Lamy: “Sustainable development is at the heart of Rio+20 and the WTO”
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in his speech at the Rio+20 Earth Summit on 20 June 2012, said that “we must strive to take the Multilateral Trading System forward, so it may help us place the global economy on a sustainable development pathway”.
14.06.2012 Lamy urges financiers to push for stronger law and order in commodities
Governments’ sensitivity about commodities can lead to policies that backfire, sometimes with disastrous results. Therefore the trading community should lobby governments to strengthen trade rules and avoid the pitfalls, WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy told a conference on global commodities finance in Geneva on 14 June 2012.
08.06.2012 10 years on, Lamy commends Chinese Taipei for making the most of WTO membership
In the decade since it joined the WTO, Chinese Taipei has adapted to the changing nature of trade, with 70% of its imports and exports now comprising intermediate goods, and shown it is willing to help poorer trading partners, Director-General Pascal Lamy said on 8 June 2012.
07.06.2012 Rise in trade restrictions now ‘alarming’, Lamy tells WTO ambassadors
For the first time since the WTO started monitoring the protectionist reaction to the financial crisis in 2008, the scale of trade restrictions is a cause for “serious concern”, Director-General Pascal Lamy told an informal meeting of heads of delegations to the WTO on 7 June 2012. He also reported on latest developments in the Doha Round negotiations.
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Statement by Pascal Lamy
30.05.2012 Lamy cautions over protectionism
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a speech to the Thai Chamber of Commerce in Bangkok on 30 May 2012, said: “Protectionism is like cholesterol: the slow accumulation of trade restrictive measures since 2008 — now covering almost 3% of world merchandise trade, and almost 4% of G20 trade — can lead to the clogging of trade flows.”
29.05.2012 “26 years of accession experience and best practices”
Director-General Lamy opened the Beijing 2012 Round Table on WTO Accession Best Practices for Least Developed Countries.
28.05.2012 Lamy: “It is high time that we put services at the heart of our trade opening agenda”
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in his speech at the China International Fair on Trade in Services in Beijing on 28 May 2012, said that “China, with its desire to move up the value chain, with its plans to rebalance its economy, is uniquely placed to drive an offensive agenda to open trade in services — and the WTO framework remains the best option available to do that.”
21.05.2012 Lamy underlines need to continue building trade capacity of developing countries
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in his address to the International Trade Centre (ITC) Joint Advisory Group on 21 May 2012, cited ITC as a key WTO partner in trade capacity building, and urged it to focus on trade facilitation, Aid for Trade, least-developed countries, and regional integration in its future work.
15.05.2012 Lamy: Aid for Trade can play “catalytic role” in trade finance for developing countries
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in opening the Aid for Trade Workshop on Trade Finance at the WTO on 15 May 2012, said that “only a third of the poorest countries benefit regularly from services offered by trade finance programmes”. He said that Aid for Trade, by encouraging sound banking and financial policies, “can play a catalytic role by helping address trade finance access and architecture issues”.
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Pascal Lamy’s opening remarks
14.05.2012 Lamy says Information Technology Agreement success could inspire further trade opening in other sectors
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in opening the WTO Symposium on the 15th Anniversary of the Information Technology Agreement on 14 May 2012, said that “15 years ago a group of visionaries conquered what appeared to be insurmountable obstacles and negotiated one of the most successful trade agreements ever. Today, their successors have the responsibility to further expand that legacy.”
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Welcome address and launching of the publication
11.05.2012 Lamy: WTO accession is an “investment” in future competitiveness
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a speech at the University of Addis Ababa on 11 May 2012, said that that “the domestic reforms necessary in WTO accession can provide a foundation and a tool to enhance a country’s competitiveness”. He added that “there is a high level of goodwill from members towards a rapid conclusion of Ethiopia’s accession”.
01.05.2012 Lamy: Members continue to explore opportunities for Doha progress
Director-General Pascal Lamy reported to the General Council on 1 May 2012 that on the Doha Round, “my conversations over the past few weeks with Ministers and delegations have provided me with a sense that Members wish to continue to explore any opportunities to gain the necessary traction and make tangible progress soon.” He added that the recent G-20 Trade Ministerial in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico supported giving “fresh impetus to the Doha negotiations towards results in areas with potential for prompt resolution — such as trade facilitation — while intensifying efforts to find ways and approaches to overcome the most critical and fundamental stalemates in specially challenging areas.”
Report by the Chairman of the Trade Negotiations Committee
Audio: Statement by Pascal Lamy
Proposed agenda
24.04.2012 Lamy urges unlocking trade for job creation in the Arab region
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a speech at the International Trade Centre’s Panel Discussion in Doha, Qatar on 24 April 2012, said that “trade must be effectively mainstreamed in development policies, including in employment generation policies” of the Arab region. “Seeing the relationship between trade and employment and institutionalizing this in national and regional dialogues will help to ensure that the two areas are mutually supportive,” he added.
23.04.2012 Lamy: The Enhanced Integrated Framework is “delivering” for least-developed countries
Director-General Pascal Lamy, at the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) High Level Breakfast Meeting in Doha, Qatar on 23 April 2012, said that the EIF is about “placing trade as an engine of growth, poverty reduction and employment” in least-developed countries. He said that without pre-judging the mid-term review later this year, his impression was that “the EIF is delivering and is good value for money”.
17.04.2012 “Trade improves the lives of people” — Lamy
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a speech at the Minnesota Economic Club in Minneapolis, United States on 17 April 2012, said that “trade improves the lives of most people around the world”. He added that singer Bob Dylan’s words “the times they are a changing” still ring true today in world trade.
13.04.2012 Lamy names panel to identify 21st century trade challenges
Director-General Pascal Lamy today (13 April 2012) announced the composition of a panel of WTO stakeholders he has charged with examining and analysing challenges to global trade opening in the 21st century.
31.03.2012 Lamy: “The WTO is your partner in achieving your development goals”
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in receiving an honorary doctorate degree from the Dhaka University in Bangladesh on 31 March 2012, said that “trade—both imports and exports—in least developed countries can make a vital contribution to development and to poverty reduction”. He encouraged Bangladesh to “continue its leadership role on issues among LDCs”.
27.03.2012 “We need an international monetary system which facilitates international trade” — Lamy
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in opening the WTO Seminar on Exchange Rates and Trade on 27 March 2012, said that “the international community needs to make headway on the issue of reform of the international monetary system. Unilateral attempts to change or retain the status quo will not work.”
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Pascal Lamy’s opening remarks
16.03.2012 Changes in trade challenge how we manage trade policies, Lamy tells Japanese institute
The rise of key emerging economies and “trade in tasks”, increasing inter-dependency, expanded trade ties and a more deeply shared interest in a well-functioning trading system pose a number of questions for how policies should be handled, Director-General Pascal Lamy told the Japan Institute of International Affairs on 16 March 2012.
08.03.2012 “Global governance requires localising global issues” — Lamy
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a speech at the Oxford Martin School, Oxford University on 8 March 2012, said: “In the absence of a truly global government, global governance results from the action of sovereign States. It is inter-national. Between nations. In other words, global governance is the globalization of local governance.”
29.02.2012 Lamy: “A growth plan for Europe to exit the crisis”
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a speech at the Bruegel Institute in Brussels on 29 February 2012, said: “If Europe wants to exit the current crisis, it has to restore economic growth by finding its full place in the global economy. This requires two complementary reforms. First, the EU needs to become a real policy actor, with independent fiscal resources. Second, the EU’s public policies should focus on improving the competitiveness of European firms in global markets.”
27.02.2012 Lamy notes “significant decline” in anti-dumping investigations
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in opening the Fifth Workshop for Heads of Investigating Authorities at the WTO on 27 February 2012, said that unlike in previous global economic downturns, “there had been a significant decline in initiations of new (anti-dumping) investigations, from 213 in 2008 down to 153 in 2011”.
16.02.2012 Lamy: “Strong competition policies key to a dynamic and healthy market economy”
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in his remarks at the OECD Global Forum on Competition in Paris on 16 February 2012, said that “strong competition policies are an essential element of a dynamic and healthy market economy that yields expanding opportunities and contributes to rising standards of living for all citizens.” He added that “such policies play a crucial role in ensuring that the benefits of trade opening are not undermined by collusive behaviour among firms, or by other anti-competitive practices.”
14.02.2012 The way forward on Doha is “to move in small steps” — Lamy
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in his report to the General Council on 14 February 2012, said that “the current political environment dictates that the most realistic and practical way forward is to move in small steps, gradually moving forward the parts of the Doha Round which are mature, and re-thinking those where greater differences remain”. He added that “in practical terms, I have encouraged all Chairs to informally consult at this stage to determine what each of their groups can do, step by step, in an informal manner”.
Report by the Chairman of the Trade Negotiations Committee
Audio: Statement by Pascal Lamy
Summary of the General Council meeting
Proposed agenda
08.02.2012 Pascal Lamy speaks on the challenge of feeding 9 billion people
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a speech at The Economist Conference “Feeding the World” on 8 February 2012 in Geneva, said “let us get our policy mix right on food production and on trade. We need to ask the difficult questions”.
04.02.2012 “Keeping markets open is good global citizenship” — Lamy
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in his address to the Jubilee Conference of the National Committee for International Co-operation and Sustainable Development of the Netherlands on 4 February 2012, commended the Netherlands for “its commitment to development assistance and supporting the use of trade as a tool for growth and poverty reduction”.
29.01.2012 Lamy: “Use multilateral trade negotiations and the WTO system as impetus for greater regional integration”
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a speech at the African Union summit on 29 January 2012 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, said that “there is absolutely no contradiction between accelerating regional integration and deepening the multilateral trading system.”
16.12.2011 Director-General’s statement on Russia’s accession
15.12.2011 Day 1: Lamy announces study on trade situation as ministers pledge commitment to multilateralism
WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy told the opening session of the Geneva Ministerial Conference on 15 December 2011 that he will convene a “panel of multi-stakeholders of the WTO” for a year-long study of present and future trade.
15.12.2011 Lamy: “Stand up for the values of multilateralism”
Director-General Pascal Lamy, at the opening of the 8th Ministerial Conference in Geneva on 15 December 2011, called on members to “stand up for the values of multilateralism,” and for major players to “exercise leadership and to muster political courage to act together for greater trade opening and reform,” and to “place the interests and needs of developing countries and, in particular, those of the poorest, at its heart.”
11.12.2011 Lamy: “A new chapter in China’s reform and opening”
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a speech at a forum in Beijing on 11 December 2011 commemorating the 10th anniversary of China’s accession to the WTO, said: “On this tenth anniversary, and as we look forward for the next decade, I have two wishes that I would like to express. The first is that China’s involvement in the WTO helps us all in keeping this organization on the move towards more open and fairer trade. The second is that the WTO’s relevance for China keeps growing and helps this country to address its reform challenges. China has been and should remain important for the WTO. The WTO has been and should remain important for China.”
30.11.2011 Lamy sees support for advancing negotiations in more promising areas of the Round
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in his report on the Doha Round to the General Council on 30 November 2011, said that he sensed in his consultations with members “convergence emerging around the idea that members advance negotiations in areas where progress can be achieved, in line with our existing provisions that allow members to reach agreements based on consensus earlier than the full conclusion of the single undertaking”. He added that “obviously it is for the membership to see which are these areas as it is for the membership to negotiate and reach agreement”.
Report by the Chairman of the Trade Negotiations Committee
Audio: Statement by Pascal Lamy
Proposed agenda
21.11.2011 Lamy calls for trade opening to continue as global economic outlook worsens
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in his annual report to WTO members on developments in the international trading environment, published on 21 November 2011, told members that “in a context of greater economic uncertainty and rising global risks, it is all the more important that the process of global trade opening continues”. In the light of a worsening of the global economy in recent months, with the forecast for world export growth revised downwards to 5.8% in 2011, he warned that unilateral action to shield domestic industries will not solve global problems but might make things worse by triggering a spiral of tit-for-tat reactions in which every country will lose.
26.10.2011 Lamy outlines benefits of changes to Basel framework for trade finance
In his report to the General Council on 26 October 2011, Director-General Pascal Lamy said that the WTO and the World Bank had raised with the Basel Committee “the issue of the potential unintended consequences of the Basel frameworks of prudential regulation for the finance industry on the availability of trade finance, in particular for low-income countries”. Mr Lamy said that “the Basel Committee had now agreed to take a number of these comments on board” and that this “is good news for trade, not only North-South trade, but also South-South trade.”
Report by the Chairman of the Trade Negotiations Committee
Audio: Statement by Pascal Lamy
Summary of the General Council meeting
Proposed agenda
21.10.2011 Members eye path of ‘smaller steps’ as way out of Doha impasse
Ambassadors from WTO member governments confirmed on 21 October 2011 that the upcoming ministerial conference should set a deadlock-breaking path for the Doha Round perhaps by starting on issues where an early agreement might be possible.
News story with audio and Lamy’s statement
Audio: Chairman Pascal Lamy’s opening remarks
18.10.2011 Lamy: Global supply chains underline the importance of trade facilitation
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in Chengdu, China on 18 October 2011, said that “the importance of trade facilitation measures cutting red tape and streamlining customs procedures — for the efficient functioning of global supply chains — is paramount”. He added that trade policymakers should reflect on “the cost in lost opportunities of not concluding a trade facilitation deal in the WTO”.
18.10.2011 Lamy says today’s challenge is to manage change without conflict
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a speech after being awarded an honorary doctorate degree by the Sichuan University in Chengdu, China on 18 October 2011, said that “the relative dynamism of emerging economies over the past several years has meant that these economies, many of them in Asia, have come to play an ever-growing role in the world economy and to account for a larger and larger share of economic activity. The consequences of shifts in economic power take time to adjust to politically and organizationally. As we work towards a new equilibrium in international cooperation, new relationships and leadership patterns will inevitably emerge, just as they have throughout history. While this transformation is in progress, multilateralism is going through a difficult time. This is not just about trade. It is also true for climate change, for financial regulation and for macroeconomic coordination. Nations are being tested in defining and implementing common strategies in response to all the global challenges facing us. A core challenge of our time is to manage change in a manner that avoids conflict. Let us hope that the leaders of today can show the way, as their predecessors had to do in the past. ”
06.10.2011 Lamy makes a strong plea for global co-operation
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a speech at Deutsche Bank in Berlin on 6 October 2011, said: “What we need is an international monetary system which facilitates international trade, cross border investment and a better allocation of capital across nations. What we need is a global monetary system which inspires confidence and offers stability. One which provides the means by which global imbalances that risk endangering stability can be addressed. Differently put, we need to do for international monetary relations what we already did for trade: move from the world of Hobbes towards the world of Kant.” He added: “Trade is not immune to this global state of affairs. And here too, unilateral solutions will not work.”
04.10.2011 Lamy lauds role of Advisory Centre on WTO Law
Director-General Pascal Lamy, on 4 October 2011, congratulated the Advisory Centre on WTO Law on its tenth anniversary, noting that it “has assisted developing and least-developed countries with some 40 WTO disputes, provided training to over 200 delegates, and responded to an ever-growing need for legal advice”. He said that there is “no doubt that in the years to come, the Centre will continue to play a central role in ensuring that all members can benefit from one of the WTO’s most enduring achievements — a secure and predictable dispute settlement system”.
19.09.2011 Lamy launches WTO Public Forum, Costa Rican President urges “flexibility” on Doha
Director-General Pascal Lamy, at the inaugural session of the WTO Public Forum 2011 on 19 September, said the WTO’s “annual rendez-vous with civil society and the public” has attracted a large number of participants and has a “very rich programme (that) stands as testimony to the continued relevance of the WTO to today’s world”. In her opening address, President Laura Chinchilla Miranda of Costa Rica warned that “without the Doha Round, many of us will lose, particularly countries with small markets and with little capacity to export and attract investment”.
Welcome address by Director-General Pascal Lamy
Opening address by President Laura Chinchilla Miranda of Costa Rica
12.09.2011 Extension of WTO Headquarters: Laying of the foundation stone
On 12 September 2011, the WTO laid the foundation stone for its new building — an extension of the Centre William Rappard which combines sobriety, modernity and sustainable development — in the presence of Pascal Lamy, Director General of the WTO, and Micheline Calmy Rey, President of the Swiss Confederation.
06.09.2011 Lamy looks at the multilateral trading system of the future
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in his speech to CUTS in Delhi on 6 September 2011, said the multilateral trading system of the future will have to address a number of global challenges, including “the blurring of the edges between trade policy and others such as exchange rate policies, climate change policies, food security policies or energy policies”. But he said the more pressing challenge is to advance the Doha Round: “to find the political courage and the pragmatic steps which will lead our Members to have an honest negotiation”.
05.09.2011 Lamy opens first training course in partnership with Indian institute
An Asia-Pacific regional trade policy course for officials began on 5 September 2011, with the Indian Foreign Trade Institute’s WTO Studies Centre as a partner. WTO chief Pascal Lamy was in Delhi to open it.
30.08.2011 Trade is vital for food security, Lamy tells agricultural economists
The world still lacks coherent international and domestic agricultural policies to deal with food security and the double-edged sword of higher prices, WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy told a congress of agricultural economists in Zurich on 30 August 2011.
27.07.2011 General Council: Proposed agenda — Proposed agenda
26.07.2011 Members to think about ‘what next for Doha, WTO’ for December meeting
WTO members acknowledged on 26 July 2011 that a package of issues selected from the Doha Round agenda for the December 2011 Ministerial Conference is not taking shape. They accepted Director-General Pascal Lamy’s call to focus on how to proceed afterwards in order to end the “paralysis” in the organization’s ability to negotiate.
News story with audio and Lamy’s statement
Audio: Statement by Pascal Lamy to the TNC
20.07.2011 Lamy says trade pacts pose new challenge to the multilateral trading system
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in launching the World Trade Report 2011 on 20 July 2011, warned that preferential trade agreements (PTAs) “may lock in their members to a particular regulatory regime reducing the potential for trade to prosper with countries outside the arrangement”. “The new challenge posed by deep PTAs to the multilateral trading system is one of market segmentation because regulatory systems, which can become divergent, have now more importance on trade flows than tariffs,” he added.
20.07.2011 Changing face of trade pacts requires coherence with WTO, report says
Burgeoning bilateral and regional trade agreements meet the need to regulate global production and can benefit non-members, but the WTO’s multilateral system also has a role in reducing the resulting complexity, according to the latest edition of the organization’s flagship publication released on 20 July 2011 in Geneva.
19.07.2011 Lamy hails “encouraging” third global review of Aid for Trade
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in closing the Third Global Review of Aid for Trade on 19 July 2011, said the past two days have been “an encouraging account of how we are building trade capacity, not just for the short or medium-term, but importantly for the long-term”. He added that “in moving monitoring and evaluation forward, we must remember that we are also examining progress towards the achievement of the development goals of our Members and their regional organizations”.
18.07.2011 Aid for Trade: Lamy reports 60% increase in resources and positive impact on the ground
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in opening the Third Global Review of Aid for Trade on 18 July 2011, reported a 60% increase in Aid for Trade resources since 2005. He cited results of the initiative range from increased export volumes, to more employment, to faster customs clearance times and impacts on poverty.
01.07.2011 Lamy calls for greater transparency in fiscal support measures
Director-General Pascal Lamy told the Special Session of the Trade Policy Review Body on “The Financial and Economic Crises on the Role of the WTO” on 1 July 2011 that “we can and must do better in notifications and information sharing”. He noted that information on procurement activities are already being shared by parties to the Government Procurement Agreement, adding that this is one area that “offers great potential for boosting trade growth and for bringing under closer multilateral review this area of fiscal support”.
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Audio: Director-General’s opening remarks
28.06.2011 Lamy urges raising UN ECOSOC profile
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a keynote speech at the Thematic Debate on the United Nations in Global Governance in New York on 28 June 2011, said that “what I believe we need today is to turn the ECOSOC (the UN Economic and Social Council) into a Council that would have the same political prominence as the Security Council – for economic, social and development issues are today the foundation of peace, in a globalized world which is very different from what it was 60 years ago”.
24.06.2011 WTO trade facilitation deal to reduce trade costs and boost trade — Lamy
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a speech at the World Customs Organization in Brussels on 24 June 2011, said that the implementation of the Trade Facilitation measures discussed in Geneva could reduce total trade costs by almost 10 per cent. “Every extra day required to ready goods for import or export decreases trade by around 4%”. This is why a trade facilitation deal in the Doha Round would be a “tremendous value for our trading communities and in particular for many of our small and medium enterprises”. He commended the close cooperation between the WTO and the WCO, particularly in technical assistance, and suggested further collaboration in using the “Made in the World” approach to measuring international trade flows.
22.06.2011 Lamy urges members to start negotiating to put together a December package
Director-General Pascal Lamy — at an informal meeting of the Trade Negotiations Committee on 22 June 2011 — suggested focusing a December Ministerial package on trade benefits for the poorest countries, and to also work on “trade facilitation, export competition, S&D Monitoring Mechanism, a step forward on fisheries subsidies and a step forward on environmental goods and services” as indicative issues which should be explored as part of the package. He said this would mean “loads of work and challenges ahead and no guarantee of success, but, in my view it is worth trying — and it is our duty to do so”.
News story with audio and Lamy’s statement
Audio: Statement by Pascal Lamy to the TNC
21.06.2011 Trade restrictions on the rise — Lamy
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in presenting his interim report on trade developments to the Trade Policy Review Body on 21 June 2011, urged “increased vigilance by all WTO Members” as “protectionist pressures remain and are being generated by stubbornly high levels of unemployment in many countries, persistent global imbalances, and macroeconomic concerns”. Many delegations expressed concern over the recent increase in trade restrictions, and called on the WTO to continue with its regular trade monitoring reports.
Talking points by the Director-General at informal TPRB
21.06.2011 Lamy opens WTO Chairs Annual Conference
Director-General Pascal Lamy hailed WTO’s support to trade research in 15 universities all over the world in opening the second WTO Chairs Annual Conference in Geneva on 21 June 2011. “By providing financial support to universities to undertake research, teaching, curriculum development and outreach activities, we seek to fortify capacities and efforts aimed, ultimately, at strengthening the ability of governments to identify, articulate, promote and defend their trade policy interests,” he said.
14.06.2011 Lamy underlines need for “unity in our global diversity”
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in the 2011 Panglaykim Memorial Lecture on “Harnessing Global Diversity” at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Jakarta on 14 June 2011, said: “The real challenge today is to change our way of thinking—not just our systems, institutions or policies. We need the imagination to grasp the immense promise—and challenge—of the interconnected world we have created. The future lies with more globalization, not less — more co-operation, more interaction between peoples and cultures, an even greater sharing of responsibilities and interests.”
06.06.2011 Lamy suggests “trade in value-added” as a better measurement of world trade
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in launching the WTO and IDE-JETRO joint publication “Trade Patterns and Global Value Chains in East Asia” on 6 June 2011 at the WTO, said that “by focusing on gross values of exports and imports, traditional trade statistics give us a distorted picture of trade imbalances between countries”. “The picture would be different if we took account of how much domestic value-added is embedded in these flows,” he said. He explained that global manufacturing has brought a new dimension to the relationship between trade, investments, industrial production and development. “Far from being a zero sum game, trade in tasks proved to be a win-win game for the Asian region,” he said. He invited the public to pursue the dialogue virtually, through the WTO “Made in the World” website.
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31.05.2011 Members support Lamy’s proposed three-speed search for Doha outcome in December
A package for least-developed countries is the most urgent and feasible priority for a first-step Doha Round outcome at the December 2011 Ministerial Conference, with another group of issues — a “plus” currently being discussed — having the next level of priority, WTO members acknowledged on 31 May 2011.
News story with audio and Lamy’s statement
Audio: Statement by Pascal Lamy to the TNC
23.05.2011 Lamy hails new book on procurement as major step in analysis of governance
A leading British academic and a member of the WTO Secretariat have edited a book on government procurement, published by the WTO and Cambridge University Press. At the launch on 23 May 2011, Director-General Pascal Lamy said the book is relevant to economic recovery through infrastructure investment, good governance through transparency, countries’ increasing interest in signing the WTO procurement agreement, and the negotiations on expanding the agreement’s coverage. Government Procurement Committee Chairperson Nicholas Niggli added that the book is relevant to the committee’s current and future work.
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12.05.2011 As trade changes rapidly, you must help guide WTO, Lamy tells global business
Business can drive the WTO and should offer its real-world experience to guide the organization and its members in a rapidly changing trade environment, Director-General Pascal Lamy told an International Chamber of Commerce conference in Oslo on 12 May 2011.
09.05.2011 Global trading system must deliver more to the least-developed — Lamy in Istanbul
Lower trade barriers, revised trade rules and cuts in agricultural subsidies are key features of a Doha Round package that are essential for the world’s poorest nations and the UN Conference on Least-Developed Countries in Istanbul should demand a deal be struck for their benefit, Director-General Pascal Lamy told the conference on 9 May 2011.
03.05.2011 Lamy urges members to “focus constructively” on way forward for Doha
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in his report on the negotiations to the General Council on 3 May 2011, stressed his call to members “to listen to each other and to focus constructively on our way ahead”. He said that “this is a time, if there ever was one, to think and act systemically”.
Report by the Chairman of the Trade Negotiations Committee
Audio: Statement by Pascal Lamy
Summary of the General Council meeting
Proposed agenda
02.05.2011 Lamy opens Geneva Week for non-resident members and observers
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in opening the 22nd Geneva Week on 2 May 2011, briefed WTO non-resident members and observers on the Doha Round and preparations for the Third Global Review of Aid for Trade and WTO’s 8th Ministerial Conference. He also said that the message he will deliver at the UN conference for least-developed countries in Istanbul next week is that “trade can be a key driver of economic growth and poverty alleviation”.
29.04.2011 Members confront Doha Round deadlock with pledge to seek meaningful way out
WTO ambassadors endorsed on 29 April 2011 Director-General Pascal Lamy’s plan to consult delegations in Geneva and ministers around the world in the search for a different way of achieving a breakthrough in the Doha Development Agenda negotiations. They were clear about what they do not want and said they are open to ideas.
News story with audio and Lamy’s statement
Audio: Chairman’s opening remarks
Audio: Chairman’s closing remarks
21.04.2011 Lamy: Package of negotiating documents underscores value of Doha progress
But DG says differences over industrial tariff cuts effectively block further progress and put at risk conclusion in 2011

Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a cover note to documents issued by negotiating chairs on 21 April 2011, said that for the first time since the Round was launched in 2001 “Members will have the opportunity to consider the entire Doha package”. He says the picture is “impressive” in the significant progress achieved so far, but also “realistic” in what it shows on the remaining divides. He asked Members to think hard about “the consequences of throwing away ten years of solid multilateral work” and called on members to “use the upcoming weeks to talk to each other and build bridges”.
16.04.2011 Lamy: “Do not weaken the WTO”
Director-General Pascal Lamy told the World Bank’s Development Committee and the IMF’s International Monetary and Financial Committee in Washington on 16 April 2011 that “WTO members have stalled on the last hurdles of the WTO Doha Round trade negotiations, i.e. industrial tariff reductions for developed and developing economies”. He added that “the consequences of a failure to conclude the Doha Round will be more detrimental to developing countries, particularly the least-developed among them”.
Statement to the World Bank’s Development Committee
Statement to the IMF’s International Monetary and Financial Committee
29.03.2011 Think of cost of Doha Round failure, Lamy urges members as deadline looms
WTO members risk failing to deliver the breakthrough needed in April in order to conclude the Doha Round negotiations this year, jeopardizing the world economy and the most vulnerable countries, Director-General Pascal Lamy told ambassadors on 29 March 2011.
News story with audio and Lamy’s statement
22.03.2011 Lamy cautions against weakening the WTO
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a speech to the Annual Session of the Parliamentary Conference on the WTO at the WTO headquarters on 22 March 2011, said: “In the current turbulent times, the WTO must act as a catalyst of trust and global unity through the conclusion of the Doha Round. It must make a contribution to a more stable world. A WTO in crisis is not what is expected of responsible members of the international community. Let us not weaken one of the best examples of functioning international co-operation.”
Speech
17.03.2011 Lamy: “We stand together with the Japanese people at this challenging time”
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a letter to Japan’s Prime Minister Naoto Kan on 17 March 2011, extended the “deepest condolences” of the WTO community to the families of the victims of the natural disaster. He said he is convinced that “your remarkable country will be able to face the current challenges and recover quickly”.
08.03.2011 Members seek stronger push for new negotiations texts by Easter
WTO ambassadors told an informal meeting of the Trade Negotiations Committee on 8 March 2011 that they share Director General Pascal Lamy’s concern that recent progress on substance in the Doha Round is not fast enough to meet late April targets.
News story with audio and Lamy’s statement
Audio: Statement by Pascal Lamy to the TNC
22.02.2011 Lamy calls for major acceleration of negotiations
Director-General Pascal Lamy reported to the General Council on 22 February that he was encouraged by recent discussions among Senior Officials but warned that “a major acceleration at all levels — multilaterally, plurilaterally and bilaterally — is needed”. He added that “the window of opportunity is still there, but it is narrowing everyday”.
Report by the Chairman of the Trade Negotiations Committee
Audio: Statement by Pascal Lamy
Summary of the General Council meeting
Proposed agenda
21.02.2011 Doha Round can help lift Africa’s agriculture — Lamy
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in opening the conference on “Harnessing Agriculture for Development through Trade” sponsored by CUTS in Geneva on 21 February 2011, said that “the Doha Round will help level the playing field for Africa, correcting historical injustices in the world trade rule-book”. He also said that “African agriculture needs to become more efficient, and in that efficiency it needs to discover ‘specialization’”.
19.02.2011 Lamy: “Pragmatic solutions need to be found now to enhance global governance”
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a speech to the European University Institute in Florence on 19 February 2011, said that “today’s world is confronted with major global challenges… Pragmatic solutions need to be found now to enhance global governance and better address the problems that our world is facing”.
14.02.2011 Intellectual property should be part of poorest countries’ development infrastructure — Lamy
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in his speech at the Forum on Intellectual Property for Least Developed Countries on 14 February 2011 in Geneva, called for “creating the viable technological base proposed in TRIPS and the knowledge base for innovation and creativity, so that the intellectual property system forms part of the development infrastructure for LDCs”.
05.02.2011 Lamy: Sports equipment typifies new global production pattern
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in his speech at the annual meeting of the World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry on 5 February 2011 in Munich, said that a “significant change in the international trade landscape is the spread of globally-integrated production chains… This new global reality forces us to re-examine how we analyse and measure ‘international trade’”. He called on the sports equipment industry and the business community in general “to press your governments for a conclusion of the Doha Round this year”.
02.02.2011 Lamy outlines what is needed to conclude round this year
Director-General Pascal Lamy, as chairperson of the Trade Negotiations Committee, told WTO ambassadors on 2 February 2011 that bilateral and small group discussions on resolving key differences need to catch up with work among the full membership on refining texts.
News story with audio and Lamy’s statement
Audio: Statement by Pascal Lamy to the TNC
31.01.2011 Lamy: Doha will oil the wheels of world commodities trade
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in his inaugural address to the UNCTAD Global Commodities Forum in Geneva on 31 January 2011, said that “through the Doha Round, WTO Members have an opportunity to dismantle even more of the artificially-created barriers that hinder commodity trade”. He added that “for food trade, the climate crisis makes a properly functioning transmission belt (between demand and supply) even more imperative”.
22.01.2011 Lamy on the rise in food prices: “Trade is part of the answer, not part of the problem”
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in his opening address to the Berlin Agriculture Ministers’ Summit on 22 January 2011, said that “trade plays or can play a better role in addressing the rise in food prices and tackling food insecurity. Trade is part of the solution, and not part of the problem.”
14.12.2010 Lamy calls on trade negotiators to “move out of their comfort zones towards agreement”
Director-General Pascal Lamy told the General Council on 14 December that “at this stage it is not enough to have answering machines around the table. We are at the point where we must have negotiators, and all negotiators have to be prepared to move out of their comfort zones towards agreement. There can no longer be any a priori red lines. All Members must be in a position to engage into substance on a “without prejudice” basis, under the single undertaking.”
Report by the Chairman of the Trade Negotiations Committee
Audio: Statement by Pascal Lamy
Summary of the General Council meeting
Proposed agenda
09.12.2010 Lamy calls on global co-operation for the smooth flow of trade
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in the presenting his annual report on developments in the international trading environment on 9 December 2010, said: “The global financial and economic crisis and the WTO’s trade-monitoring exercise have shown the importance of increased transparency for the smooth functioning of the multilateral trading system. Again, progress in this area depends on active participation by all Members. The comprehensive, accurate and neutral nature of the monitoring reports can be ensured only through an active participation of all delegations. I would therefore like once again to urge you all to continue actively participating in the monitoring exercise through the timely provision of initial information and the subsequent verification of individual measures.”
Speech
Audio: Director-General’s introductory remarks
08.12.2010 Lamy: New WTO members’ trade growing faster than world average
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in his second annual report on accessions issued on 8 December 2010, said the value of merchandise and services trade of recently-acceded WTO members has grown faster than the world average. He said the outlook in 2011 is “positive” with several accession negotiations “poised for conclusion”.
08.12.2010 Crisis is opportunity to restore coherence in global economic governance — Lamy
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a lecture at the United Nations office in Geneva on 8 December 2010, said that “this crisis stems from the growing disruptions to the order established in the aftermath of the Second World War. But I also think that it provides us with an opportunity to restore some kind of coherence in global economic governance.”
07.12.2010 Armenia to accede to the WTO Government Procurement Agreement
The WTO Committee on Government Procurement, on 7 December 2010, adopted a decision that invites Armenia to accede to the Agreement on Government Procurement on the basis of a final coverage offer that was circulated to the Committee on 8 November together with Armenia’s draft Procurement Law. Director-General Pascal Lamy welcomed the decision as “good for Armenia, good for the Agreement on Government Procurement and good for the WTO system”.
30.11.2010 Lamy: “The final countdown starts now”
Director-General Pascal Lamy announced at a Trade Negotiations Committee meeting on 30 November 2010 an “intensive work programme” to finish the Doha Round by the end of next year. He said: “We have the political signal, we have the technical expertise and we have the work programme. We now need to translate these into a comprehensive deal which you can all take back home.”
Statement by Pascal Lamy to the TNC
Audio: Statement by Pascal Lamy to the TNC
19.11.2010 Lamy calls for addressing macro-economic imbalances through cooperation
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a speech to the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) in New Delhi on 19 November 2010, said: “What lies behind concerns about macro-economic imbalances is in reality a concern about unsustainable and socially unacceptable unemployment levels. Whether it is the worker in Bangalore, in Ohio or in Guangdong, the real issue is jobs.”
18.11.2010 WTO launches new trade-related technical assistance database
A new database aimed at sharing information on trade-related technical assistance was launched by the WTO on 18 November 2010 at a ceremony attended by Director-General Pascal Lamy and senior officials of other trade-related agencies.
15.11.2010 Lamy: G20 and APEC leaders expect the Doha Round to be a “deliverable” next year
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in opening the 21st Geneva Week for WTO non-resident members and observers, said that the G20 and APEC leaders’ meetings last week “provided a clear signal that they expect the Doha Development Round to be a deliverable next year.” He said that: “Discussions between leaders on this topic were to the point: how to supplement what is already on the table with new give and take in order to build a final package that they would take to their respective Parliaments. The challenge is now to translate this political will into negotiations here in Geneva. Since June last year, members have been testing flexibilities in various formats. This process must now intensify in order to “walk the talk”. ”
04.11.2010 University of Montreal confers honorary doctorate on Lamy
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in accepting an honorary doctorate from the University of Montreal on 4 November 2010, said: “If the relationship between globalization and identity is treated and discussed at the global level with an open mind and with sufficient sensitivity, if identities are given a chance to express themselves in a global framework, then on the contrary, globalization could be a boon, an opportunity. Globalization that respects the values, the cultures and the numerous histories that make up the fabric of our world is not a utopia. It is up to each one of us work towards that goal, to contribute to the development of a ‘project identity’”.
03.11.2010 Lamy: China posts good record on intellectual property but enforcement concerns remain
China is a leading example in moving towards a higher value-added economy, transforming research capacity, building brands, and balancing commercial incentives with wider social objectives — despite concerns about enforcement lapses — Director-General Pascal Lamy told a 3 November 2010 Shanghai seminar on the 15th anniversary of WTO intellectual property agreement.
29.10.2010 Lamy: Trade opening can play a crucial role in sustainable economic development
At a ceremony on 29 October 2010 to mark the inauguration of Senegal’s University Cheik Anta Diop into the WTO Chairs Programme, Director-General Pascal Lamy said: “It is clear from the current crisis and the recent monetary turmoil that today, we need to strengthen cooperation and coordination and to make them a central component of the new global governance. The opening up of trade, supported by appropriate domestic policies and a favourable external environment, can play a crucial role in the pursuit of sustainable economic development. Senegal is a good example of a country that has succeeded in making trade work for its development.”
26.10.2010 Lamy: Doha a “stepping stone” to better trade rules in natural resources
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a speech at the Third BDI (Federation of German Industries) Raw Materials Congress in Berlin on 26 October 2010, said that “carefully crafted cooperation on rules for resource trade is the only alternative to economic nationalism and conflict.” He added that “concluding the Doha Round will contribute to better harnessing trade in natural resources.”
21.10.2010 Aid for Trade review to focus on impact on the ground — Lamy
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in his statement to the General Council on 21 October 2010, said that the focus of the Third Global Review of Aid for Trade in July 2011 would be the answers of members to the question “Is Aid for Trade Working?” He added that “if the global crisis had made Aid for Trade imperative for developing countries, it has also made the need to show results essential in donor countries.”
Statement by Pascal Lamy
Audio: Statement by Pascal Lamy
Summary of the General Council meeting
Proposed agenda
19.10.2010 Lamy tells members to bring Doha negotiations to a higher gear
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in his remarks to the Trade Negotiations Committee on 19 October 2010, said that “the foremost challenge facing us all over the next several weeks is to take this engagement to a higher gear by going deeper and wider in the discussions, as a prelude for the “give and takes” that will be required to build a final package.” He added that “small group activities will continue until mid-November, at which point I think we will need to evaluate again and take stock of where the process has got to as well as next steps, benefiting also from the discussions at the G20 and APEC Leaders meetings.”
Statement by Pascal Lamy to the TNC
Audio: Statement by Pascal Lamy to the TNC
15.10.2010 Lamy says more and more products are “Made in the World”
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in his speech to the French Senate in Paris on 15 October, asked for a new way to look at trade statistics, noting that the country of origin of goods has gradually become obsolete as various operations, from design to manufacture of components and assembly, have spread across the world. He cited the example of an iPod that may be imported from China but a lot of its value come from the United States and other countries.
01.10.2010 Lamy: “The Doha Round marks a transition from the old governance of the old trade order to the new governance of a new trade order”
In a speech he delivered today (1 October 2010) at the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the World Trade Institute in Bern, Director-General Pascal Lamy outlined the profound changes which have occurred in the last decades in the patterns of world trade, as well as the challenges this dramatic reshaping pose to the governance of multilateral trade.
26.09.2010 Lamy: “Trade and human rights go hand in hand”
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a speech to UNITAR on 26 September 2010, said that “trade opening leads to growth, development, poverty reduction, hence trade ensures concrete realization of human rights”. On the same day, he said at the Liberation Forum in Lyon that reform of trade in agriculture “would improve access to food, which many see as a human right”.
“Trade and human rights” (UNITAR, 26 September 2010)
“Open trade and food security” (Liberation Forum, 26 September 2010)
22.09.2010 Lamy: Services will play a key role in economic recovery
Director-General Pascal Lamy, at the Global Services Summit in Washington on 22 September 2010, said that “opening new trade opportunities in services makes sense for growth and it makes sense for job creation”. He added that “trade, especially with the conclusion of the Doha Round, can only hasten the pace of recovery”.
20.09.2010 Lamy underlines WTO’s role in reducing poverty
Director-General Pascal Lamy told the High Level Plenary Session of the Millennium Development Goals Summit on 20 September 2010 in New York that WTO disciplines have given the least-developed countries the way to move faster out of the recession. Despite the positive contribution so far of the multilateral trading system to poverty reduction, he stressed that “we can and must do better”.
16.09.2010 Lamy: “A stronger WTO rule book could benefit the energy sector”
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a video address to the World Energy Congress 2010 in Montreal on 16 September, said that “through more open markets, greater competition, and the spread of clean technology, the Doha Round would help stabilize the international trade and investment landscape in the energy field”.
15.09.2010 Doha success will rebalance trade rules in favour of the poor — Lamy
Director-General Pascal Lamy opened the WTO Public Forum 2010 on 15 September with the hope that it would “enable our members to take the Multilateral Trading System forward”. He said that the Forum’s “rich menu of sessions … has been set by civil society itself, making this truly a Forum that belongs first and foremost to you”.
Speech
Audio: Opening Session
09.09.2010 Lamy calls for “more holistic view” in helping developing countries
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a speech at the International Trade Centre’s World Export Development Forum in Chongqing, China on 9 September 2010, underlined the need to use “the full range of tools at our disposal to help developing countries to integrate into the global economy”. He welcomed more South-South cooperation, noting that “China is now an important partner for developing countries”.
31.08.2010 Lamy: Concluding the Doha Round will level the playing field of global trade
In a speech at the 14th Summit of the Heads of State and Government of COMESA (the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa) in Swaziland, WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy said on 31 August 2010 that “current multilateral trade rules are still unbalanced in favour of developed countries”. Concluding the Doha Round “is the only way these imbalances can be addressed and the playing field of global trade levelled”.
29.07.2010 Lamy: Doha and Aid for Trade are WTO contributions to Millennium Development Goals
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in his report to the General Council on 29 July 2010, said that “the strengthening of the multilateral trading system through the conclusion of the Doha Round and the Aid for Trade are the contributions that the WTO has to make” to meet the UN Millennium Development Goals. He added “reporting on outcomes and impacts” would be at the core of the Third Global Review of Aid for Trade in July 2011.
Report by the Chairman of the Trade Negotiations Committee
Audio: Statement by Pascal Lamy
Summary of the General Council meeting
Proposed agenda
27.07.2010 Lamy sees “new dynamic” emerging in negotiations
Director-General Pascal Lamy reported to an informal meeting of the Trade Negotiations Committee on 27 July that “after some months of impasse in negotiations, my own sense is that we are beginning to see signs of a new dynamic emerging”. He called on negotiators to “build on the new dynamic by expanding the small groups discussion to all areas,” adding that “somewhere around mid-October would be a good time to evaluate our progress”.
Statement by Pascal Lamy to the TNC
Audio: Statement by Pascal Lamy to the TNC
23.07.2010 Speech by Director-General Pascal Lamy at the launch of the World Trade Report, Shanghai, 23 July 2010
23.07.2010 “Everyone can increase exports if imports also grow” — Lamy
Director-General Pascal Lamy, at the launch of WTO Chair at the Songjiang Campus, Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade, on 23 July 2010, on the argument that “during recovery it would be nonsense to assume that everyone can increase exports”, said that “of course, everyone can increase exports if imports also grow — thus making the overall resources allocation more efficient which means growth for all”.
22.07.2010 Lamy cites role of trade in the rise of merchant cities
Director-General Pascal Lamy, at a seminar on the role of cities in trade in Shanghai on 22 July 2010, said that “centrality of trade in Shanghai’s development is something it shares with a great many other cities over the centuries”. He noted that “as cities which are open to trade and traders, these communities have been centres for the exchange of ideas and culture as well as goods and services”.
22.07.2010 Lamy: China’s WTO membership is “win-win”
Director-General Pascal Lamy, at a flag-raising ceremony to inaugurate WTO Day at the Shanghai 2010 World Expo on 22 July 2010, said that since putting in place reform measures, China has “lifted hundreds of millions of people out of poverty, and that it “is poised to soon become the world’s second largest economy”. At the same time, China’s entry had “brought enhanced credibility and made us much more a World Trade Organization”.
19.07.2010 Shanghai Expo to hold “WTO Honour Day” on 22 July
Director-General Pascal Lamy will travel to Shanghai on 22 July to participate in WTO Honour Day at the Shanghai Expo 2010. Mr Lamy will attend a special flag raising ceremony to mark the occasion and will speak briefly about WTO-China relations before moving to a symposium at the Expo on the role of trade in cities around the world.
16.07.2010 WHO, WIPO, WTO join forces to put access-to-medicines under the microscope
A symposium held by the World Health Organization (WHO), World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and World Trade Organization (WTO) on 16 July 2010 has kicked off a closer, factual look at a range of issues affecting how poorer populations can obtain the medicines they need.
29.06.2010 Rapid Doha conclusion will help us achieve Millennium Development Goals — Lamy
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a speech to the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva on 29 June 2010, said two components of WTO’s work can help countries achieve the Millennium Development Goals: “an early and development-oriented conclusion of the Doha Round, and the complementary initiative of Aid for Trade”. In particular, he said that the WTO is committed towards enhancing benefits of trade “to the poorest of its Members”.
Speech
Audio: Speech by Pascal Lamy in full
26.06.2010 Lamy stresses importance of concluding the Round to G20 business leaders
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a speech to G20 business leaders in Toronto on 26 June 2010, cited the role of the multilateral trading system in keeping protectionism in check during the financial crisis. He said concluding the Doha Round would provide a welcome stimulus package to the world economy.
20.06.2010 DG Lamy receives Kiel Institute’s 2010 Global Economy Prize
WTO Director General Pascal Lamy received Sunday, 20 June, the 2010 Global Economy Prize from Germany’s Kiel Institute. Also collecting awards were Liz Mohn, vice-chairwoman of the board at the Bertelsmann Foundation and Paul Krugman, Professor of Economics at Princeton University and a columnist for The New York Times.
11.06.2010 Lamy: No ambitious Doha result possible unless all parties gain
Director-General Pascal, in a statement to the Trade Negotiations Committee on 11 June 2010, said that that while all members are looking to gain more from the Doha Round negotiations, a more ambitious outcome cannot be achieved without a balanced package of benefits across the membership. He said that the challenge is “to aim for high ambition while ensuring balance”.
Statement by Pascal Lamy to the TNC
Audio: Statement by Pascal Lamy to the TNC
09.06.2010 Lamy urges more trade finance for developing countries
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in his keynote address to the Global Commodities Finance Conference in Geneva on 9 June 2010, warned that lower-income developing countries, particularly in Sub Saharan Africa, continue to face “strong constraints” in trade finance despite the return of liquidity to the bulk of trade markets. He said that concluding the Doha Round would significantly reduce “current distortions in the global commodities markets, particularly those that impact on developing countries”.
05.06.2010 Lamy: “Trade opening has much to contribute to the protection of the environment”
On the occasion of World Environment Day on 5 June 2010 Director-General Pascal Lamy said “we simply cannot proceed with business as usual — if our planet is to be preserved for future generations, we must protect our resources, our planet’s biodiversity and our environment at large”. He noted that “the leaders that founded our organization were adamant that sustainable development lies at the very core of our mission”.
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25.05.2010 Lamy congratulates the 14 institutions selected for the WTO Chairs Programme
At the formal launch of the WTO Chairs Programme for developing countries, held at the WTO on 25 May 2010, Director-General Pascal Lamy welcomed the chairholders from 14 universities from around the world selected to participate in the first phase of the programme. “The award of a Chair is an acknowledgement of the competence of the selected institutions and the dedication of its scholars,” said Mr Lamy, as he wished them every success in developing their partnership with the WTO.
Speech
Audio: Opening statement by Pascal Lamy
20.05.2010 “Nordics sailing with the winds of globalization” — Lamy
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a speech at the Globalization Forum in Copenhagen on 20 May 2010, cited the Nordic countries as models in harnessing globalization. “To embrace it to maximize its benefits while minimizing its costs — for that, we need to work together,” he said. He said he saw a strong need to have a “Nordic flag” in the architecture of global governance.
04.05.2010 Lamy outlines “cocktail approach” in moving Doha forward
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in his report to the General Council on 4 May 2010, cited the following “ingredients” in the Doha Round process: meetings organized by the chairs of the different negotiating groups; preliminary contacts between trade ministers; and his own consultations with delegations on general issues. Members must start shaking the ingredients “before the ice melts,” he quipped.
Report by the Chairman of the Trade Negotiations Committee
Audio: Opening statement by Pascal Lamy
Audio: Statement on WTO rules by Pascal Lamy
Proposed agenda
24.04.2010 Lamy at IMF/World Bank underlines trade’s role in anchoring economic recovery
Director-General Pascal Lamy said before the World Bank Development Committee on 25 April 2010 in Washington that “with sovereign debt reaching alarming proportions, trade offers a sustainable, non-debt creating source of growth and development”. The day before, he told the IMF’s International Monetary and Financial Committee that G-20 Summit preparations must tackle trade financing problems “if we want low income countries not to be overly constrained in benefiting from the global recovery”.
World Bank Development Committee
International Monetary and Financial Committee
15.04.2010 Lamy inaugurates WTO Chair at the University of Chile
In a ceremony at the Institute of Visual Arts in Santiago de Chile on 15 April 2010, WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy welcomed the Institute of International Relations of the University of Chile into the WTO Chairs Programme for developing countries.
15.04.2010 Lamy cites “vital role” of trade in times of economic crisis
Director-General Pascal Lamy, at the Round Table Centre for Public Studies in Santiago on 15 April 2010, extended the sympathy of the WTO family to the people of Chile “for the terrible earthquake that you have just lived through”. Noting the “remarkable” speed of the recent turnaround of the world economy as compared with that of the 1930s, he said that “the trade rules have stood to the protectionist pressures but we now need to ensure that this culture of cooperation brings the Doha Round to its completion”.
12.04.2010 Comparative advantage is dead? Not at all, Lamy tells Paris economists
WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy debunked some economic myths when he spoke to the Paris School of Economics on 12 April 2010. He covered the theory underpinning trade economics, what trade statistics show, how trade deficits should be tackled, the impact of trade on jobs, the “race to the bottom”, and why liberalization needs regulation.
26.03.2010 Stocktaking ends with collective determination to start building global Doha package
Director-General Pascal Lamy told the Trade Negotiations Committee on 26 March 2010 that “while there is certainly disappointment that we are not closer to our goal, I have not detected any defeatism.” He said that the feature of his consultations during the week has been “the commitment to now start working towards weaving all strings of the negotiations into an overall package.” The name of the game now is “closing the gaps”, and paraphrasing the words of Admiral Nelson, “the WTO expects that every member will do its duty”.
Statement by Pascal Lamy to the TNC
Audio: Statement by Pascal Lamy to the TNC
Press Conference: Pascal Lamy Director-General — Stocktaking week
23.03.2010 Booms and Busts: Anchoring Volatile Commodity Markets in Stable World Rules
In his closing remarks to the 2010 Trading Forum, organized by the University of Geneva on 23 March 2010, Director-General Pascal Lamy said that “the Doha Round — when completed — will oil the wheels of international trade in commodities, giving the developing world its fair share of the market. It will improve the workings of what is no more, in the end, than a transmission belt between countries where there is demand and countries where there is supply.”
22.03.2010 Lamy opens stocktaking week with hope for strong signal on concluding the Round
Director-General Pascal Lamy expressed the hope at the Trade Negotiations Committee meeting on 22 March 2010 that after the senior officials’ stocktaking of the Doha Round at the end of the week, “we will be able to send a strong signal to the outside world and focus the political energy that is needed to move the Round into the concluding phase”.
Statement by Pascal Lamy to the TNC
18.03.2010 Lamy warns of spill-over effects of failure on Doha
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in his speech during the 20th anniversary celebration of Costa Rica’s participation in the multilateral trading system on 18 March 2010 in San José, said that “the Doha Round is not an island in a sea of alternative opportunities — failure on Doha would spill over into other present and future cooperation efforts, and not only in the trade policy domain. In our joined-up world, countries simply cannot go their own way and disregard the costs of neglecting international cooperation.”
15.03.2010 Lamy calls for strengthened system of global governance
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a speech to the Diplomatic Club of Geneva on 15 March 2010, said that “today, globalization has become a major challenge to our democracies, and our systems of governance must confront this challenge”. He said the economic crisis has accelerated the transformation of global governance into what he called the “triangle of coherence”, consisting of the G20, the intergovernmental organizations, and the United Nations.
24.02.2010 Lamy says trade can have a positive impact on job creation during economic downturn
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in his speech to the European Policy Centre in Brussels on 24 February 2010, said that one year on from the onset of the financial crisis “the multilateral trading system has proven its sturdiness as a bulwark against runaway protectionism”. He stressed that today there is “economic imperative” to conclude the Doha Round.
22.02.2010 Lamy calls for March stocktaking to “inject political energy and momentum” in the negotiations
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in his report on the state of play in the Doha Round to the General Council on 22 February 2010, said that “although some progress is taking place, gaps remain”. He suggested that the stocktaking at the end of March be undertaken by senior officials, adding that “the Geneva process remains ready to translate political movement into concrete and substantive progress”.
Report by the Chairman of the Trade Negotiations Committee
Audio: Statement by Pascal Lamy
Proposed agenda
11.02.2010 Lamy notes rising interest in WTO government procurement agreement
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in opening the WTO Symposium on the Agreement on Government Procurement on 11 February 2010, said the agreement “appears to be in the process of taking on relatively greater importance in the constellation of the WTO Agreements.” He welcomed the approval the other day of India’s request for observership as “an important development for the Committee and for the Agreement.”
13.01.2010 Lamy calls for mindset change to align trade and human rights
The trade and human rights communities distrust each other, but “human rights and trade rules, including WTO rules, are based on the same values: individual freedom and responsibility, non-discrimination, rule of law, and welfare through peaceful cooperation among individuals,” Director-General Pascal Lamy told a colloquium on human rights in the global economy, in Geneva, on 13 January 2010.
21.12.2009 Lamy praises Copenhagen efforts, calls for more to be done
Director-General Pascal Lamy, on 21 December 2009, said that “during the (Copenhagen) conference the issue of border measures was raised. The WTO membership, like the UN Members in Copenhagen, is divided on this matter. But what I can say is that the more we move toward a multilateral framework on climate change, the more unilateral trade measures will be difficult to explain”.
Mr Lamy’s statement
17.12.2009 Lamy outlines roadmap to Doha stocktaking in March
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in his report to the General Council on 17 December 2009 as chair of the Trade Negotiations Committee, said members should reserve the last week of March next year for stocktaking to assess whether concluding the Doha Round in 2010 “is doable”. Expressing the hope that “2010 is the year in which we build on the foundations for a safer global economy,” he said that “we can and must make our contribution through clinching a Doha deal”.
Report by the Chairman of the Trade Negotiations Committee
Audio: Statement by Pascal Lamy
Proposed agenda
15.12.2009 Lamy hails accord ending long running banana dispute
Director General Pascal Lamy today applauded the successful efforts of Latin American banana producing nations, the United States and the European Union to end their long running dispute over trade in bananas.
14.12.2009 Lamy pushes stronger WTO-ITC cooperation
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a speech at the International Trade Centre (ITC) 43rd Joint Advisory Group meeting in Geneva on 14 December 2009, said “our cooperation on Aid for Trade continues and I am encouraged by the energy with which the ITC has engaged our discussions on enhancing the private sector role in this initiative.” He noted that as a demonstration of their strong support, WTO members are set to approve increases in their contribution to the ITC’s budget for 2010 and 2011, respectively.
07.12.2009 Lamy says new banking rules must be “non-discriminatory”
Director-General Pascal Lamy told the Conference on the New Global Trading System in the Post-Crisis Era in Seoul on 7 December 2009 with respect to post-crisis banking rules that “it is important that re-regulation be applied in a non-discriminatory manner, avoiding any form of “re-nationalization” of lending.” He said that “countries that have provided support to banks should be able to exit support as the de-leveraging process takes place, in a manner that ensures a level playing field between national and foreign-owned institutions.”
04.12.2009 “Trade is the stimulus package available to developing countries” — Lamy
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in his speech to the UNIDO LDC Conference in Vienna on 3 December 2009, said he looked forward to continuing to work with least-developed countries and UNIDO in ensuring that “the benefits of a more open trading system translate into reality for developing countries”.
02.12.2009 Day 3: Ministers show ‘political energy’ for ending Doha Round
WTO ministers ended their two-and-a-half-day Geneva conference on 2 December 2009 having declared that they want to try to conclude the Doha Round talks quickly and agreeing to extend “moratoriums” on electronic commerce and intellectual property.
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01.12.2009 Day 2: Ministers call for speedy Doha Round deal
Ministers from WTO member governments said on 1 December 2009 that the eight-year-old Doha Round negotiations should be concluded quickly, several of them calling for a political push early in the year so the talks can end in 2010.
30.11.2009 Lamy urges unity in efforts to conclude Doha Round next year; Chair underlines stabilizing role of the WTO amid economic crisis
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in opening the Seventh WTO Ministerial Conference on 30 November 2009 in Geneva, urged members to follow the proverb “unity is strength”, and expressed the hope that “we come out of the next few days stronger, more united and with clear determination to conclude the Round in 2010.”
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29.11.2009 Lamy expresses regret at violence in Geneva
Director-General Pascal Lamy expressed regret today that the peaceful protest march organized by well meaning members of non-governmental organizations on 28 November had deteriorated into a confrontation which resulted in destruction of property and several arrests.
27.11.2009 Lamy urges negotiators to close gaps on key Doha issues
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in his report on the Second Senior Officials Week to the Trade Negotiations Committee on 27 November 2009, said that “progress has been made on a range of technical issues across the board, even if for the moment we have not seen closing gaps in so-called “big ticket items”, which will need to be accelerated”. He hoped that the Ministers would give guidance on “how they see engagement in the Doha negotiations post-December”.
Statement by Pascal Lamy to the TNC
Audio: Statement by Pascal Lamy to the TNC
23.11.2009 Lamy outlines busy week for senior Doha negotiators
Director-General Pascal Lamy, at an informal Trade Negotiations Committee meeting on 23 November 2009 kicking off the Second Senior Officials Week, outlined a programme of meetings covering agriculture, industrial goods, services, rules, trade-related intellectual property rights, and environment. He expressed the hope that the meetings “will help provide the momentum we need as we move towards the Ministerial Conference… (and) in setting the tone and preparing for the next Senior Officials Meeting in December.”
Statement by Pascal Lamy to the TNC
Audio: Statement by Pascal Lamy to the TNC
20.11.2009 Lamy calls for exit strategies on temporary trade restrictions and subsidies
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in his annual report on trade and trade-related developments in 2009, said that “although there have been instances of slippage, in general terms the world economy is about as open for trade today as it was before the crisis started.” He called on members “to devise and announce exit strategies to remove trade restrictions and production subsidies that they have introduced temporarily to counteract the effects of the crisis, and start implementing those strategies as soon as domestic economic recovery takes hold.”
17.11.2009 Geneva Ministerial a “unique occasion” to send strong signals on WTO issues — Lamy
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in his report to the General Council on 17 November 2009, said that while the upcoming WTO Ministerial Conference would not be a negotiating session, it would be “a platform for ministers to review the functioning of this house,” including the Doha Round, and an occasion “to send a number of strong signals to the world with respect to the entire WTO waterfront of issues — from monitoring and surveillance to disputes, accessions, Aid for Trade, technical assistance and international governance”.
Report by the Chairman of the Trade Negotiations Committee
Audio: Statement by Pascal Lamy
Proposed agenda
09.11.2009 Lamy sees need for “right global governance” to meet global challenges
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a speech at the Bocconi University in Milan on 9 November 2009, said: “The reality is that the end of the cold war caught everyone by surprise. It was the end of a bi-polar world. A new world order was being born. And yet there was not enough thinking and discussion about its governance structures. There was never a Bretton Woods Conference or a San Francisco Conference post 1989. As a result global governance structures did not adjust. And here lies the root of many of today’s problems. Global challenges need global solutions and these can only come with the right global governance, which today, twenty years later, remains too weak.”
03.11.2009 Lamy receives “Globalist of the Year” award
Director-General Pascal Lamy received the “Globalist of the Year” award from the Canadian International Council on 3 November 2009 in Toronto. He said that “a successful Doha Round would show that even in the midst of a global economic crisis, nations can successfully cooperate to reach global solutions”.
02.11.2009 Lamy underscores the urgency of responding to the climate crisis
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in his keynote address at the Carleton University on 2 November 2009 in Ottawa, Canada, said that responding to the climate crisis “is urgent, and is a top priority on the international agenda”. He noted that at the 2007 Trade Ministers’ meeting in Bali on the relationship between trade and climate change, his “message was, and continues to be, designed to uphold the Copenhagen Climate Summit at the end of the year”.
23.10.2009 Lamy calls for intensified, text-based Doha negotiations to bridge gaps
Recent talks among senior negotiators have seen no backsliding on ambition in the Doha Round, but no tangible progress either, Director-General Pascal Lamy concluded on 23 October 2009 when he summarized the overall situation for the Trade Negotiations Committee, which he chairs.
Statement by Pascal Lamy to the TNC
Audio: Statement by Pascal Lamy to the TNC
22.10.2009 WTO culture of international trade cooperation is relevant to the energy sector — Lamy
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a speech at a conference on “Energy, Trade and Global Governance” on 22 October 2009, said that the WTO and the world of energy are not “parallel universes”, citing areas such as services where “the WTO has established a framework of cooperation that includes services incident to the extraction of oil and gas, services incidental to energy distribution and pipeline transportation of fuels”.
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20.10.2009 Lamy calls for “serious acceleration” of Doha talks to meet 2010 target
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in his report to the General Council on 20 October 2009, said “it will be difficult to get to 2010 without a serious acceleration of pace. We need to see real negotiations emerge, not only informal consultations and discussions, but real exchanges among Members”. He said he would be holding consultations on the key issues with negotiating chairs and meet with senior trade officials during the week.
Report by the Chairman of the Trade Negotiations Committee
Audio: Statement by Pascal Lamy
Proposed agenda
14.10.2009 Lamy: “Continued policy and regulatory reform in favour of services trade will be vital to supporting economic recovery”
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a speech to the Global Services Summit on 14 October 2009 in Washington D.C., said: “to speed global economic recovery, we will need to shore up peoples’ faith in an open international trading system. We will need to demonstrate that continued policy and regulatory reform in favour of services trade will be vital to supporting economic recovery. This may be clear to all of you attending this Summit, but you are the “converted”. The challenge is to take this message beyond these walls. Sectors such as transport, telecoms, finance and distribution are after all the backbone of our international trading system. Other sectors such as energy or the environment hold a huge potential, in particular in the fight against climate change.”
13.10.2009 Doha success can yield double dividend of global stimulus and structural reform — Lamy
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a speech to the German Engineering Federation Summit in Berlin on 13 October 2009, said that: “Germany and other countries in the Euro Area are experiencing large deficits and an increase in government debt ratios. Fiscal “exit strategies” aimed at avoiding ballooning public debt must rely on a combination of fiscal consolidation that is, running a primary surplus, and sustained growth in GDP. Achieving fiscal consolidation in times of economic hardship is not easy given the presence of automatic stabilizers such as unemployment benefits and the reduced tax revenues. Achieving sustained economic growth is no easier. Economic growth can only be maintained by steady productivity increases. A successful conclusion of the Doha Round can yield a double dividend. On the one hand, the Doha Round can play the role of a global stimulus package. On the other hand, the Doha Round can effectively act as a structural reform package. It is the most effective way of further constraining protectionist pressures and fostering a political economy dynamics.”
28.09.2009 G20 must now “walk the talk” on Doha — Lamy
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in his keynote address to the WTO Public Forum on 28 September 2009, said the G20 leaders at their Pittsburgh Summit agreed that “their negotiators now embark on the work programmes that we have established for the next three months, and that they then assess our collective ability to achieve our 2010 target”. He also said that the positive results of the Geneva referendum yesterday on the extension of the WTO headquarters “will encourage us to extend our outreach to you even further”.
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Audio: Opening Session
22.09.2009 “Leadership is about responsibility. Failure to act, not just in Pittsburgh, but also here in Geneva, will be hard-felt by the entire international community” said DG Lamy
In his report to an informal meeting of the Trade Negotiations Committee on Tuesday 22 September 2009, Mr Lamy said that the message he would be taking to the G20 leaders in Pittsburgh (24-25 September) would be that “we in Geneva have done what they asked us to do. They now have the road mapped out, but they still have to walk it.”
Statement by Pascal Lamy to the TNC
Audio: Statement by Pascal Lamy to the TNC
17.09.2009 Lamy opens inaugural TAIT conference on challenges facing the WTO
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in opening the Thinking Ahead on International Trade’s conference on “Challenges Facing the World Trade System” on 17 September 2009 at the WTO, said “successful adaptation in an institution like this, it seems to me, requires incremental, evolutionary change”.
16.09.2009 Lamy urges G20 leaders to throw their weight behind a Doha deal
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a speech at the 56th Session of the UNCTAD Trade and Development Board on 16 September 2009, said that “what is outstanding in the DDA negotiations is doable and a deal is within reach, but to get there, we still need a translation of the current global political support into tangible negotiating moves”. He said that following up on a successful ministerial gathering in India, senior trade officials are in Geneva consulting on “a compass to guide the negotiations over the coming months, so we can wrap them up in 2010”.
14.09.2009 G20 governments refrain from extensive use of restrictive measures, but some slippage evident
G20 Governments have refrained from extensive use of restrictive trade and investment measures in recent months but have continued, in a limited way, to apply tariffs and non-tariff instruments that have hindered trade flows, the heads of the OECD, UNCTAD and the WTO indicated in a joint report to G-20 leaders meeting in Pittsburgh later this month.
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Joint Report
03.09.2009 Lamy hopes New Delhi meeting can be “the beginning of the endgame of the Doha Round”
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a speech to the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) in New Delhi on 3 September 2009, said the most efficient means for countries to deal with the economic crisis “remains the multilateral Doha Development Round”. He said the meeting of a group of WTO Ministers “will have the opportunity to map out how they intend to bring the Doha Round to a closure in 2010”.
28.07.2009 “Our task now is to match political promise with negotiating performance” — Lamy
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in his report to the General Council on 28 July 2009, said that at the informal Trade Negotiations Committee meeting the day before, “there was unanimous agreement that if we are to get to our destination on time, the renewed level of political re-engagement by leaders urgently required translation into tangible progress in the negotiations”. He also reported that the second WTO Aid for Trade global review was a success and “a clear demonstration of our collective resolve to address the capacity challenges facing developing countries”.
Report by the Chairman of the Trade Negotiations Committee
Audio: Statement by Pascal Lamy
Audio: DG report on the Aid for Trade Second Global Review
Proposed agenda
24.07.2009 Lamy presents road map for the autumn negotiations
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in his report to the informal meeting of the Trade Negotiations Committee on 24 July 2009, said he sensed from recent Summits held in Bali, Paris, L’Aquila and Singapore “a genuine and strong renewal of political commitment to re-engage in the Doha negotiations to conclude it in 2010.” He said the autumn will be “a very busy period” for all negotiating groups, and that “we have to ensure the whole caravan moves forward together and arrives on time.”
Statement by Pascal Lamy
Audio: Statement by Pascal Lamy to the TNC
22.07.2009 Amidst crisis, Lamy says fine balance needed between flexibilities and commitments
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in launching the WTO World Trade Report 2009 in Singapore on 22 July 2009, said well-balanced trade contingency measures like anti-dumping duties or safeguards act as “safety valves” to help WTO members deal with a variety of unanticipated market situations; but “they need to be used with care… especially so in times of crisis.” “There needs to be a balance between flexibility and commitments”. He welcomed the APEC Trade Ministers’ commitment to work for a conclusion of the Doha Round in 2010 as “a positive signal to Geneva as we chart a programme of work for the autumn.”
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Audio of the launch in Geneva
15.07.2009 Lamy: A new triangle of global governance emerging
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a speech after receiving an honorary degree from the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom on 15 July 2009, said: “I see a new triangle of global governance emerging that we need to strengthen. A ‘triangle of coherence’. On one side of the triangle lies the G20, providing political leadership and policy direction. On another side lie member-driven international organisations providing expertise and specialized inputs whether rules, policies or programmes. The third side of the triangle is the G-192, the United Nations, providing a forum for accountability.”
14.07.2009 Lamy urges multilateral cooperation to advance public health “in the real world”
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in his address to the WIPO Conference on Intellectual Property and Public Policy Issues on 14 July 2009, said “the international intellectual property system cannot operate in isolation from broader public policy questions such as how to meet human needs as basic health, food and a clean environment.” He said the objective of the Doha Declaration on the TRIPS Agreement and Public Health “was and remains cheaper medicines for the poor.”
13.07.2009 Global crisis requires global solutions — Lamy
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in introducing his third monitoring report to the Trade Policy Review Body on 13 July 2009, said “at a time when the global economy is still fragile worldwide and in the face of the unprecedented decline in trade flows, we must send a clear and credible message that protectionism is not the answer.” Welcoming the recent G8+ pledge to conclude the Doha Round next year, he said that “we are witnessing the renewal of high-level engagement in the DDA negotiations.”
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Director-General’s introductory remarks
07.07.2009 “We must keep the foot on the gas on Aid for Trade” — Lamy
Director-General Pascal Lamy, at the closing session of the second global review of Aid for Trade on 7 July 2009, said “we have to maintain momentum and ensure that commitments are met.” Underlining the need to actively mobilize additional resources, he welcomed announcements of substantial commitments from Japan ($12 billion for 2009-11), the United Kingdom (£1 billion per year), the Netherlands (550 million euros per year) and France (850 million euros per year).
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Pascal Lamy’s closing remarks
06.07.2009 Lamy: Aid for Trade will help developing countries to exit the economic crisis
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in opening the Second Global Review of Aid for Trade on 6 July 2009, said “if Aid for Trade was urgent in 2007, it is essential today — it is the investment that will allow many developing countries prepare to exit the crisis by enhancing their trade capacity.”
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More on the global review
Programme with links to audio
Opening address Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General, UN
Pascal Lamy’s opening remarks
Angel Gurría’s opening remarks
Opening address Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General, UN
Session 1: Pascal Lamy and Angel Gurrìa
26.06.2009 Lamy: Global problems do not respond to unilateral fixes; Copenhagen must be our focus
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in the Climate Thinkers Blog of the UN Climate Change Conference, said “personally, I am of the firm conviction that the relationship between international trade — and indeed the WTO — and climate change would be best defined by a consensual international accord on climate change that successfully embraces all major polluters”.
25.06.2009 Lamy: “We now must shift from mood music to dance music”
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a joint press conference with Australia’s Trade Minister Simon Crean after an informal meeting of trade ministers in Paris on 25 June 2009, said “all Ministers present want to conclude the Round and they all agree that the crisis takes this from an urgency to an emergency.” Minister Crean said “we now have a good mix of the political will and a new direction.”
08.06.2009 Lamy urges Doha deal for sustainable fishing
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a statement on the occasion of World Oceans Day (8 June 2009), said “today, we run the risk that over-fishing will so deplete fish stocks in our oceans that many species will disappear forever. This is not only bad news for the oceans, it is bad news for the world’s 43.5 million full time fishers.”
05.06.2009 Lamy: Globalization and trade opening can promote human rights
The University of Geneva during its celebration of its 450th anniversary on 5 June 2009 conferred the title of doctor honoris causa on Director-General Pascal Lamy along with Dr Lyndon Rees Evans, Mrs Mary Robinson and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. In his speech, Mr Lamy said “globalization and the opening up of trade can work in favour of universal human rights, by which I mean civil and political rights as well as economic and social rights”.
29.05.2009 Lamy: “We must ensure Aid for Trade promises are kept”
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a speech at the Regional Meeting on Aid for Trade for Asia and the Pacific in Siem Reap, Cambodia, on 29 May 2009, said the forthcoming Global Review will “explore how aid flows can be maintained against the backdrop of a worsening economic outlook”.
26.05.2009 Lamy retains his four Deputy Directors-General for a new term
Director-General Pascal Lamy today (26 May 2009) informed the General Council that he intends to retain the four deputy directors-general in their current positions.
26.05.2009 Lamy receives Oman Renaissance Order
His Majesty Sultan Qaboos has conferred Oman Renaissance Order (2nd Class) on Director-General Pascal Lamy in appreciation of WTO efforts in cementing ties between countries.
26.05.2009 “Stress test” of the multilateral trading system still to come — Lamy
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in his report to the General Council on 26 May 2009 as chair of the Trade Negotiations Committee, said that “it is crucial that we keep our monitoring system on the alert and that we advance towards the conclusion of the Doha Round.” “A more solid house will resist the strong political winds which we unfortunately have to forecast,” he added.
Report by the Chairman of the Trade Negotiations Committee
Audio: Statement by Pascal Lamy
Proposed agenda
18.05.2009 Lamy urges follow-through of aid pledges to weakest countries
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a speech at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam on 18 May 2009, said “it is precisely now that we need to ensure that aid pledges are kept; that promises are met, so that the weakest countries have the means to weather the storm.” He said the crisis “is affecting countries differently, with the weakest among us bearing the full brunt of this fall-out”.
10.05.2009 Lamy: The world needs a shared vision on food and agricultural trade policy
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a speech before the International Food and Agricultural Trade Policy Council in Salzburg, Austria, on 10 May 2009, said “food and agricultural trade policy does not operate in a vacuum. In other words, no matter how sophisticated our trade policies may be, if domestic policies do not themselves incentivize agriculture, and internalize negative social and environmental externalities, then we will always have a problem.”
07.05.2009 Lamy: Aid for Trade will help developing countries prepare for after the crisis
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in his address to the Latin America and the Caribbean High-Level Aid for Trade Meeting in Montego Bay, Jamaica, on 7 May 2009, said: “Aid for Trade will help developing countries prepare for after the crisis. By building their productive capacity, they will unlock their growth potential and this will help them take advantage of existing and new trade opportunities.”
30.04.2009 WTO members reappoint Lamy for a second term
The General Council, on 30 April 2009, agreed to reappoint Director-General Pascal Lamy for a second term of four years as from 1 September 2009. The unanimous decision followed Mr Lamy’s presentation on his vision for the WTO and a question-and-answer session held the day before.
Audio: Statement by Mario Matus, Chair of the General Council (English interpretation — original in Spanish)
Audio: Closing remarks by Pascal Lamy
Pascal Lamy’s presentation on 29 April 2009
Biography of Pascal Lamy
29.04.2009 Lamy: “Strengthening the WTO as the global trade body”
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in presenting to the General Council his vision for the WTO for the next four years, said on 29 April 2009 that “the WTO, as a living organism, should continue to improve its capacity to rapidly react to global challenges, as we are seeing in the current crisis, and to contribute to devising solutions to those challenges. The reinforcement of the multilateral trading system, in particular through the conclusion of the Doha Round, should be our guiding light. In the constellation of global governance, let’s work together to see the WTO star shining ever brighter.” His presentation was made in the context of the Director-General appointment process.
Statement by Pascal Lamy
Audio: Statement by Pascal Lamy
24.04.2009 Lamy: “Retreating from market opening is not a solution to the economic crisis”
Economies that are more open will be better placed to stage a faster and stronger recovery once the global crisis comes to an end, said Director-General Pascal Lamy in a speech delivered to the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington D.C. on 24 April 2009. Conclusion of the Doha Round “could complement national stimulus packages that many countries such as the United States have put in place”.
14.04.2009 Lamy: The Doha Development Agenda is the best stimulus package
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in presenting his second report on recent trade developments associated with the financial crisis to an informal meeting of the Trade Policy Review Body on 14 April 2009, said that the best contribution to reviving economic growth is to conclude the Doha Development Agenda (DDA), which is one of the most appropriate collective stimulus packages. He also said that “completing the DDA is the surest way we have of safeguarding our individual trade interests and the multilateral trading system against the threat of an outbreak of protectionism”.
Director-General’s introductory remarks
Director-General’s introductory remarks (only in English)
Director-General’s Report
06.04.2009 Lamy: Africa’s North-South Corridor “perfect example” of Aid for Trade in action
Director-General Pascal Lamy, on 6 April 2009 in Lusaka, Zambia, hailed Africa’s North-South Corridor Pilot Aid for Trade as an example of “how to put together all the elements necessary for trade to flow, creating the conditions necessary for the private sector to diversify from exporting a narrow range of raw material and add more value.”
02.04.2009 Lamy welcomes G20 Summit’s pledge to support trade finance
WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy today welcomed the G20 Summit’s pledge to support trade finance. “Trade is contracting sharply, exacerbated by the lack of trade finance. The G20 commitment to provide US$ 250 billion for trade finance shows the capacity of the international community to address urgent global needs by helping to restore trade as an engine of growth.”
26.03.2009 Lamy warns against protectionism (only in French)
In an interview with the RTBF on 26 March 2009, Director-General Pascal Lamy talked about the danger of protectionism, and underlined the importance of world trade in dealing with problems related to globalization and free trade.
23.03.2009 Lamy urges Africa to keep trade open and to keep opening trade
WTO Director General Pascal Lamy’s message to African Union Trade Ministers was “Keep trade open; keep opening trade”, when he addressed them in Addis Ababa, on 20 March 2009.
06.03.2009 Lamy urges New Zealand businesses to continue to back WTO talks
New Zealand’s business sector should continue to back the Doha Round negotiations for the benefit of the New Zealand economy and as a contribution to global economic recovery, WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy told the Auckland Chamber of Commerce on 6 March 2009.
04.03.2009 Actions that result in stability must be pursued, Lamy tells agriculture conference
Analysts differ in their view of whether commodity prices will rise or fall, but either way a Doha Round deal in agriculture would help stabilize the world economy and supply food to where it is needed, WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy said on 4 March 2009. He was addressing the “Outlook 2009” conference of the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics (ABARE), a government economic research agency in Canberra, on the last day of a three-day visit to Australia.
02.03.2009 Protectionism cannot be ‘smart’, Lamy tells Australian think-tank
Even “smart” isolationism would be a recipe for a global slump, WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy told the Sydney think-tank the Lowy Institute on 2 March 2009, because protectionist measures taken by one government would be replicated by others, creating a domino effect of dire consequences. He was kicking off a series of meetings with Australian leaders of government, business, trades unions and farmers, in which he stressed the need both to resist protectionism and to conclude the Doha Round negotiations.
25.02.2009 Lamy underscores Doha Round benefits for Japan
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in an address to the Japan Institute of International Affairs in Tokyo on 25 February 2009, said that “the WTO remains Japan’s most important platform for securing a favourable global trading environment and the Doha Round continues to be the most efficient means to achieve large scale market opening for Japan”.
23.02.2009 Lamy urges governments to rebuild confidence and fight protectionism
Confidence is key in time of crisis and to achieve this, governments should clean banks’ balance sheets, signal that individual stimulus packages are closely knitted together into a global joint effort, demonstrate that leaders of major economies can work together in full coordination and trust, and show that the world trade environment is not deteriorating, that isolationist pressures are contained. That was the message Director-General Pascal Lamy delivered to a conference in Seoul, Republic of Korea, on 23 February 2009.
09.02.2009 Lamy: “We must remain extremely vigilant”
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in presenting his report on recent trade developments associated with the financial crisis to an informal meeting of the Trade Policy Review Body on 9 February 2009, warned that with trade growth already stalled “the fragile economic prospects of every WTO Member have become especially vulnerable to the introduction of any new measure that closes off market access or distorts competition”. “This is particularly the case for developing countries,” he said.
Director-General’s introductory remarks
Audio: Director-General’s introductory remarks
03.02.2009 “Ministers continue to attach highest priority to the Round’s conclusion” — Lamy
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in his report to the General Council on 3 February 2009, said that at an informal gathering hosted by Swiss Minister Doris Leuthard last week on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos trade ministers “recognized the major progress made in 2008…provides a sound basis for an early resolution of the remaining differences”. He said he looked forward to the G20 meeting in April “to provide further impetus to our work”.
Report by the Chairman of the Trade Negotiations Committee
Audio: Statement by Pascal Lamy
Proposed agenda
03.02.2009 Lamy: “Trade is part of the solution to the global economic crisis”
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in an address to the International Chamber of Commerce on 2 February 2009, warned members against “sliding down a slippery slope of tit-for-tat (protectionist) measures,” quoting Mahatma Gandhi who said “an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind”. He urged the business community to support the Doha Round, which he said “can be part of the solution to the economic downturn”.
22.01.2009 Lamy: WTO is working to mitigate impact of economic crisis on trade
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in remarks at the United Kingdom’s Department of International Development on 22 January 2009, said that the WTO will soon issue periodic reports on global trade trends to facilitate members’ discussions on coping with the economic crisis, and would be organizing further meetings on trade finance. He commended the Department for being “a global leader in promoting trade as an engine for growth and development”.
19.01.2009 Lamy urges Arab region to “prioritize” Doha talks
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a message to the Arab Economic and Social Development Summit held in Kuwait on 19-20 January 2009, said “because international trade is so vital to your economies, the WTO must also be vital to you”. He underlined the importance of the WTO as an “insurance policy against protectionism”.
07.01.2009 Communication from the Chairman of the General Council — More
18.12.2008 WTO to move quickly on wider front in 2009 — Lamy
Director-General Pascal Lamy told the Trade Negotiations Committee on 17 December 2008 that “concluding the Round should remain our focus in 2009 but this endeavour takes place within a more global portfolio of WTO activities”. He proposed immediate resumption of work across all negotiating groups in the new year, as well as “on the wider WTO front” like monitoring trade measures taken in relation to the financial crisis, trade finance and Aid for Trade.
Statement by Pascal Lamy to the TNC
Statement by Pascal Lamy to the General Council
Audio: Statement by Pascal Lamy to the TNC
Audio: Statement by Pascal Lamy to the General Council
13.12.2008 Negotiations can find compromise on the safeguards issue — Lamy
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in his remarks on the second day of the “Global Partnership for Development” conference in New Delhi on 13 August 2008, said that the Doha Round should not collapse over the issue of the special safeguard mechanism in agriculture for developing countries. “A fine balance is required and the search for this fine balance requires that our negotiating resources continue at work,” he added.
12.12.2008 Lamy recommends no ministerial meeting by the end of this year
Director-General Pascal Lamy, at an informal meeting of heads of delegations on 12 December 2008, recommended that unless there would be dramatic changes in the next 48 hours “we do not convene ministers to finalize modalities by the end of the year”. He said that after a week of intensive consultations, he had not “detected the political drive” for a final push towards agreement.
Talking points for the Director-General
Audio: Statement by Pascal Lamy
09.12.2008 “Access to medicines has been improved” — Lamy
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in his address to the 11th Annual International Generic Pharmaceutical Alliance Conference in Geneva on 9 December 2008, said that since the 2001 Doha Declaration on the TRIPS Agreement and Public Health, “access to medicines has been improved through a major reduction of prices, enhanced international funding, a greater recognition of the need to find a balance within the intellectual property system, as well as the use of some of the TRIPS flexibilities by certain WTO Members”.
02.12.2008 Cotton is “litmus test” for development commitment in Doha Round — Lamy
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a speech at the UNCTAD High Level Multi Stakeholder Meeting on Cotton in Geneva on 2 December 2008, stressed that “the time has come to deliver on the promise of a fairer global trading system for cotton,” adding that this issue “affects the poorest and weakest of our members”.
29.11.2008 Lamy: “Aid and trade are the Doha twins”
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in his address to the Follow-up International Conference on Financing for Development in Doha, Qatar on 29 November 2008, said “Aid for Trade is important but the big prize lies in the success of the Doha Development Round”. He urged participants to send “a signal of urgency in delivering on trade and on aid”.
20.11.2008 Least-developed countries urge agreement on Doha framework by the end of the year
Trade Ministers participating in the Ministerial Conference on “Aid for Trade: An Industrial Agenda for Least-Developed Countries” in Siem Reap, Cambodia, on 20 November 2008 said “a speedy conclusion” of the Doha Round “will open up new market access opportunities” for least-developed countries, and stressed “the importance of coming to an agreement on the agricultural and non-agricultural market access modalities by the end of the year”.
Siem Reap Ministerial Declaration
Speech
Joint UNIDO-WTO Press Release
17.11.2008 The economics and politics of trade are inextricably linked — Lamy
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a speech at the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics on 17 November 2008, said that the answer to rising public concern in industrialized countries about some aspects of globalization lies “in a balance between open markets and complementary domestic policies, along with international initiatives that manage the risks arising from globalization”.
12.11.2008 Lamy warns trade finance situation “deteriorating”
Director-General Pascal Lamy reported to WTO ambassadors on 12 November 2008 that his meeting with experts earlier in the day “confirmed that the market for trade finance has severely deteriorated”. He urged government action to close the liquidity gap in trade finance, adding that concluding the Doha Round “is even more desirable now”.
Speaking notes for the Director-General
Audio: Statement by Pascal Lamy
Audio: Pascal Lamy’s closing remarks
Audio: Press conference
Video: Highlights from the press conference
04.11.2008 WTO Director-General Lamy to seek a second term
General Council chairperson Bruce Gosper informed WTO members on 4 November 2008 that Director-General Pascal Lamy has announced he will seek a second term in office when his current term expires in 2009.
03.11.2008 Lamy calls for better crafted regulation and a Doha Round deal to restore trust
“Amidst the chaos that we are witnessing today, what we need is greater regulation. What we need is better global governance. While there is no doubt that global financial regulation must be crafted, there is no doubt either that global trade regulation must be reinforced. What is desperately needed at a time like this is to restore trust in markets by reassuring investors that they are still operating within a rules-based international trade and financial system.” So said WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy in his opening address for the Geneva Shipping and Trading Association’s Commodities Week on 3 November 2008.
29.10.2008 Restoring citizens’ confidence in trade requires sound domestic policies — Lamy
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a lecture at the University of California, Berkeley, on 29 October 2008 said “we know that trade opening creates greater efficiencies, encourages innovation and generates wealth. But this does not mean that trade opening is good for every person, every country, every time. Trade, especially inside the system of WTO rules, generates wealth. But the WTO cannot address income inequality inside the borders of any individual country. Restoring citizens’ confidence in trade requires governments to ensure that sound domestic policies are in place.”
27.10.2008 Lamy: The stabilizing influence of a rules-based trading system
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a speech at Stanford University on 27 October 2008, said the multilateral trading system has not only opened world commerce “but just as important it has brought transparency and predictability to international trade”. He said “the debate is no longer about the merits of global regulation, it is about putting in place the right sort of global regulation for the problems of today”.
20.10.2008 Lamy welcomes building new Bretton Woods
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a speech to the Third Global Policy Network Conference in Beijing on 20 October 2008, said the “political energy for greater global financial regulation, which some have called the building of a new Bretton Woods consensus, may already be here”. He stressed that “trade is the low-hanging fruit in a complex set of issues requiring collective action now”.
14.10.2008 Lamy creates WTO task force on financial crisis
Director-General Pascal Lamy reported to the General Council on 14 October 2008 that he had “constituted a Task Force within the Secretariat to follow up the effects of the financial crisis on our different areas of work”. He suggested that WTO members “keep the situation under review, and be ready to act as necessary”.
10.10.2008 Lamy convenes meeting to ensure developing-country access to trade finance
Director-General Pascal Lamy told an informal meeting of the Trade Negotiations Committee on 10 October 2008 that he has convened major providers of trade finance to a meeting on 12 November 2008 to ensure developing-country access to financing of imports and exports. He said it was still possible to reach agreement on modalities in agriculture and non-agricultural market access this year, and “the Ministers with whom I have spoken are all determined to push ahead”.
Talking points for the Director-General
> Audio: Report by TNC Chair Pascal Lamy (coming soon)
01.10.2008 WTO is global insurance policy for a global economy — Lamy
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a speech before the Finance Commission of the French National Assembly on 1 October 2008, said that the WTO provides a global insurance policy for a global economy. He underlined the importance of conducting the Doha Round in today’s financial turmoil in such a way that the WTO can continue to play its role as “shock absorber”.
24.09.2008 Lamy warns against protectionism amid financial crisis
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in his keynote address to the WTO Public Forum on 24 September 2008, said that an important lesson of the Great Depression “is that protectionism and economic isolationism do not work”. Underlining the importance of the Doha Round to the world economy, he asked civil society to help bring negotiating topics such as agriculture and environment issues to “closure”.
Keynote Address by the Director-General
Audio: Opening Session
Video: Opening Session
16.09.2008 Lamy ready to call Ministers back to Geneva
WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a statement at UNCTAD on 16 September 2008, said that “depending on progress made by the negotiators, I am ready to call Ministers to Geneva to try and close the issues which remain open”. “The reasons why we must conclude the Round are becoming more critical by the day as the economic and financial outlook continues to deteriorate”.
11.09.2008 Members asking to build on “enormous progress” for final agreement — Lamy
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in his address to the Annual Parliamentary Conference of the WTO in Geneva on 11 September 2008, urged parliamentarians “to help us close the July package”. “While it has become clear that we cannot complete the Doha Round by the end of this year, let us at least aim to complete the modalities in 2008, so as to conclude the Round in 2009”.
12.08.2008 Lamy: “We have never been so close to an agreement”
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in his remarks at the opening of the “Global Partnership for Development” conference in New Delhi on 12 August 2008, said that at the end of the Geneva talks last month “members told us very clearly that the negotiations should not be abandoned … too much has been achieved now to simply leave it aside”.
31.07.2008 Lamy: “No one is throwing in the towel”
Director-General Pascal Lamy reported to the General Council on 31 July 2008 that the Trade Negotiations Committee heard the day before “multiple strong calls for preserving the package that had been so painfully negotiated in order to conclude this Round successfully”. He said there is no doubt that “looking at what is on the table now, members believe that the Doha Round is still worth fighting for”.
Audio: Statement by Pascal Lamy
Proposed agenda
30.07.2008 Lamy circulates report on market access commitments in services
In a report circulated on 30 July 2008, Pascal Lamy — in his capacity as Chair of the Trade Negotiations Committee — stated that positive indications had been given by WTO members about market access commitments across all major services sectors and modes of supply.
30.07.2008 Day 10: Capture progress and continue work, members say
Issues settled in nine days of talks among ministers should be preserved and work in the Doha Round should continue despite the ministers’ talks collapsing the previous day, WTO members said on 30 July 2008.
30.07.2008 Lamy calls for “serious reflection” on next steps
Director-General Pascal Lamy reported to a formal meeting of the Trade Negotiations Committee on 30 July 2008 that “we were close to finalizing modalities in agriculture and non-agriculture market access…but we were not able to find convergence in the area of Special Safeguard Mechanism”. He said the substantial progress achieved in the past days should be preserved and urged members to look forward “to how we can do better next time, and I am convinced there will be a next time”.
Statement by the TNC Chairman
Audio: Statement by the Chairman of the TNC
29.07.2008 Day 9: Talks collapse despite progress on a list of issues
WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy announced after long hours of hard talking that ministers have failed in their effort to agree on blueprint agreements in agriculture and industrial products. He told a press conference after speaking to members that out of a to-do list of 20 topics, 18 had seen positions converge but the gaps could not narrow on the 19th — the special safeguard mechanism for developing countries.
News item
Talking points for the Director-General
Audio: Statement by Pascal Lamy at the informal Trade Negotiations Committee meeting
Audio: Press conference
Video: Highlights from the press conference
28.07.2008 Lamy urges members to accelerate movement towards compromises
Director-General Pascal Lamy reported to an informal meeting of the Trade Negotiations Committee on 28 July 2008 that “we have registered very important progress…there is now a very high level of convergence on many subjects”. He urged negotiators to accelerate movement towards compromises in the coming hours, adding that he aims to issue revised “modality” texts on agriculture and non-agricultural market access later in the day.
Talking points for the Director-General
Audio: Opening remarks by Chair and report by Jonas Gahr Støre
Video: Highlights of remarks by Chair
26.07.2008 Lamy presents “package of elements” from consultations with Ministers
Director-General Pascal Lamy reported to an informal meeting of the Trade Negotiations Committee on 26 July 2008 that after a week of hard work by Ministers, there was now “a package of elements” on agriculture and non-agriculture market access. He welcomed this as “an important contribution” to progress towards establishment of modalities, adding that intensive consultations would continue on the outstanding issues.
Talking points for the Director-General
Audio: Opening remarks by Chair and report by Jonas Gahr Støre
Audio: Closing remarks by Chair
Video: Highlights of remarks by Chair
Video: Remarks by Chair in full
25.07.2008 Lamy warns “time is running out”
Director-General Pascal Lamy reported to an informal meeting of the Trade Negotiations Committee on 25 July 2008 that “some convergences have been recorded but progress remains painfully slow after four days of Ministerial-level negotiation”. He said “the world outside will not understand if we fail to grasp this opportunity to conclude a Round that already has a great deal on the table”.
Talking points for the Director-General
Audio: Opening remarks by Chair and report by Jonas Gahr Støre
Audio: Closing remarks by Chair
Video: Highlights of remarks by Chair
Video: Remarks by Chair in full
24.07.2008 Lamy calls for political will to rapidly bridge differences
Director-General Pascal Lamy reported to an informal meeting of the Trade Negotiations Committee on 24 July 2008 that Ministers “worked long and hard into the early hours of this morning… however, on some of the key issues positions still remain too far apart”. He said consultations will resume in the afternoon, adding that “the prize is within sight, and we must not fail to claim it”.
Talking points for the Director-General
Audio: Opening remarks by Chair
Audio: Closing remarks by Chair
Audio: Report by Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre
23.07.2008 Lamy urges members to focus on compromises
Director-General Pascal Lamy, at the informal Trade Negotiations Committee meeting on 23 July 2008, characterized the second round of consultations held the day before as “constructive, with a strong commitment to engaging directly and in good faith”. He said he plans to start “working on key issues in agriculture and non-agricultural market access in smaller groups, together with the Negotiating Groups and General Council Chairs”.
Talking points for the Director-General
Audio: Opening remarks by Chair
Audio: Closing remarks by Chair
Video: Highlights from Pascal Lamy’s statement
22.07.2008 Lamy: Consultations to begin discussing possible solutions
Director-General Pascal Lamy, at the informal Trade Negotiations Committee meeting on 22 July 2008, said he intends for consultations later in the day to move into detailed work on both agriculture and non-agricultural market access and to begin discussing possible solutions to the outstanding issues.
Talking points for the Director-General
Audio: Opening remarks by Chair
Audio: Closing remarks by Chair
Video: Highlights from Pascal Lamy’s statement
21.07.2008 Lamy says time for action is now amid economic threats
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in opening an informal meeting of the Trade Negotiations Committee on 21 July 2008, said that members are “within reach of a major step in our drive to conclude the Round this year”. He could think of “no stronger spur for our action than the threats facing the world economy across several fronts, including rises in food prices and energy prices and financial market turbulences”.
Talking points for the Director-General
> Audio: Opening remarks by Chair (coming soon)
Video: Highlights from Pascal Lamy’s statement
15.07.2008 The WTO launches World Trade Report 2008: Trade in a Globalizing World
Trade and globalization have brought greater prosperity to hundreds of millions as well as greater stability among nations, according to a report published today by the WTO. In launching the report, Director-General Pascal Lamy urged all parties to give “that vital push” to the trade negotiations, “bearing in mind the lessons and insights of this report, and with the dark clouds gathering on the economic horizon.”
Press release
World Trade Report 2008
Director-General’s remarks
Audio: Book launch
Video: Highlights from the book launch
Video: Full book launch
10.07.2008 Lamy says new negotiating texts set stage for crucial July talks
Director-General Pascal Lamy said today revised negotiating texts in agriculture and industrial goods trade which were released today have helped prepare the ground for crucial Doha Development Round negotiations in those two areas in the days ahead.
09.07.2008 Lamy commends Beijing dialogue on WTO dispute settlement
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in his message to participants at the dialogue “International Dialogue on WTO Dispute Settlement Mechanism: Experience Sharing Among Developing Countries” Organized by International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development in Beijing on 9-10 July 2008, noted that developing countries have been actively involved in the day-to-day operation of the WTO dispute settlement system from the very beginning.
27.06.2008 Lamy urges “maximum effort” for July meeting of ministers
Director-General Pascal Lamy, at an informal meeting of the Trade Negotiations Committee on 27 June 2008, urged “maximum effort from everyone over the next weeks” to ensure a productive meeting of a number of ministers scheduled for the week of 21 July 2008. He said the immediate challenge is to make progress that “will provide a basis for improved texts in Agriculture and NAMA”.
Talking points for the Director-General
15.06.2008 The Place of the WTO in the International Legal Order
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a lecture to the UN Audiovisual Library of International Law on 15 June 2008, said that while focusing on international trade, the WTO “recognizes the importance of non-trade concerns”. He also explained how the WTO works with the UN in addressing world problems, in particular those relating to trade issues.
05.06.2008 Lamy: “We are getting to the moment of truth”
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in his intervention during the OECD Ministerial Council Meeting in Paris on 5 June 2008, announced the start of “intensive engagement by senior officials” in Geneva next week. He said the severe worsening of the economic climate, high commodity prices, and the “technical maturity” of the Doha negotiations seem to be moving WTO members to the “moment of truth”.
03.06.2008 The Doha Round can be part of the answer to the food crisis — Lamy
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in his address to the High-Level Conference on World Food Security on 3 June 2008 in Rome, said that “through greater and fairer competition, international trade can help lower prices”. He added that the Doha Round would reduce trade-distorting subsidies and tariffs, and could strengthen WTO rules on export restrictions.
29.05.2008 A consensual international accord on climate change is needed — Lamy
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a speech to a European Parliament panel on 29 May 2008 in Brussels, said that one immediate contribution that the WTO can make to the fight against climate change is to open markets to “clean technology and services” through the Doha Round. He pointed out, however, that the WTO is still waiting for “a truly global consensus” on how best to tackle the issue of climate change.
29.05.2008 Lamy underscores major stake of EU in the Round’s conclusion
Director-General Pascal Lamy, on 29 May 2008, told the Committee of International Trade of the European Parliament in Brussels that the world, and in particular the European Union, has a major stake in the conclusion of the Doha Round. The solution in the current situation in the world does not lie in protectionism, but partly in the WTO, which “you have helped build, and which you need as it needs you”. He expressed the hope that a ministerial gathering could be held at the end of June to finalize modalities in agriculture and industrial goods.
07.05.2008 Lamy says food crisis adds urgency to concluding the Round
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in his report to the General Council on 7 May 2008, said “the reasons why we must conclude the Round this year are visible to all of us and they are becoming more critical by the day”. He said “the WTO can provide part of the solution” to the current food crisis, “which is why it can, and must, play its full part in this vital effort”.
Report by the Chairman of the Trade Negotiations Committee
Audio: Statement by Pascal Lamy
Proposed agenda
17.04.2008 WTO: developing, transition economies cushion trade slowdown
World trade growth slid to 5.5% last year from 8.5% in 2006 and may grow even more slowly in 2008 — at about 4.5% — as sharp economic deceleration in key developed countries is only partly offset by continuing strong growth in emerging economies, according to WTO economists.
Press release
Audio: Press conference in full
Video: Highlights from the press conference
17.04.2008 Lamy signals start of “horizontal process” in negotiations
Director-General Pascal Lamy, on 17 April 2008, said at an informal meeting of the Trade Negotiations Committee that “time is coming soon to take our work to a higher level and to begin drawing together the threads both within and across the two modalities issues (agriculture and industrial tariffs) as mandated in Hong Kong”. He said the “horizontal process will start at Senior Official level, in order to prepare properly for the Ministerial involvement which is likely to be needed at a later stage”.
News item
Audio: Opening Remarks by Chair Pascal Lamy
Audio: Closing Remarks by Chair Pascal Lamy
13.04.2008 Farm deal will help stabilize prices and boost production in many developing countries — Lamy
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in his statement to the the World Bank-IMF Development Committee in Washington on 13 April 2008, focussed on the “importance of the Doha Round to rebalance the world trading system in favour of developing countries”.
12.04.2008 Lamy: Doha Round conclusion will reassure world financial markets
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in his intervention at the International Monetary and Financial Committee meeting on 12 April 2008 in Washington, urged financial leaders to push “now” for the conclusion of the Doha Round. He said: “I am completely convinced that we have it within our means, politically and technically, to finish the Doha Round this year. To do so, the first step we need is for WTO Member governments to agree at Ministerial level by the end of May on the framework for cutting agricultural tariffs, agricultural subsidies and industrial tariffs.”
25.02.2008 Lamy’s 2008 Aid-for-Trade roadmap gets green light
Director-General Pascal Lamy’s proposed Aid-for-Trade roadmap for this year — featuring national and sub-regional Aid-for-Trade reviews in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Asia and the Pacific — got the green light from members on 25 February 2008 at a session of the Committee on Trade and Development.
News item
Director-General’s speaking notes
2008 Aid-for-Trade Roadmap
20.02.2008 WTO DG Lamy celebrates benefits of opening trade in telecoms
Director-General Pascal Lamy hailed liberalisation of trade in telecoms services as a vital tool in economic growth and development on the occasion of the WTO Symposium on Telecommunications organized in Geneva to commemorate the 10th anniversary of agreement among WTO members to open basic telecommunications services.
Press release
DG’s welcome and keynote address
Programme
08.02.2008 Lamy welcomes revised agriculture and NAMA negotiating texts
Director-General Pascal Lamy welcomed the release of revised negotiating texts in agriculture and industrial goods trade issued on 8 February by Agriculture Negotiating Group Chairman Crawford Falconer and Non-Agricultural Market Access Chair Don Stephenson.
06.02.2008 Lamy: Trade expansion is insurance against financial turbulences
Director-General Pascal Lamy, at the Geneva Lectures on Global Economic Governance on 6 February 2008, said that the global trading system during the past 60 years “has underpinned an unprecedented period of economic growth and development”. He said that “at a time when clouds are darkening over the world economy, the Doha Round is the one global initiative that may boost confidence of world businesses, workers and consumers”.
05.02.2008 Lamy: “We are on the last lap”
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in his report to the General Council on 5 February 2008, said “we are on the last lap and we have now started the final sprint towards establishing modalities”. “I think we have a broad agreement on the urgency of what we are doing, and on the basic steps we need to take to reach a deal,” he added.
Audio: Statement by Pascal Lamy
Proposed agenda
18.12.2007 “We are closer to our goal but it is not yet done” — Lamy
Director-General Pascal Lamy, on 18 December 2007, reported to the General Council that “we are closer to achieving the major goal we all share—establishing modalities in Agriculture and NAMA, which in turn would pave the way to the conclusion of the Round”. He added “if we agree on modalities early next year, I believe that we should be able to conclude the Round before the end of 2008”.
Report by the Chairman of the Trade Negotiations Committee
Audio: Report by the Chairman of the TNC
Proposed agenda
09.12.2007 Lamy: Doha could deliver double-win for environment and trade
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a speech at the Informal Trade Ministers’ Dialogue on Climate Change in Bali on 8-9 December 2007, said that the Doha negotiations on environmental goods and services could deliver “a double-win for some of our members: a win for the environment and a win for trade”. He said that the WTO tool-box of rules “can prove valuable in the fight against climate change” but awaits “a truly global consensus on how best to tackle the issue”.
03.12.2007 Tariff talks crucial to industrialization strategies of developing countries — Lamy
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in his address to the 12th Session of the UNIDO General Conference in Vienna on 3 December 2007, said that with over 70% of developing country exports accounted for by manufactured goods, the negotiations on industrial tariffs are “crucial to the industrialization strategies of developing countries”.
20.11.2007 Aid for trade can turn possibility into reality, Lamy tells Global Review
Development assistance is central to helping developing countries “move from making trade possible to making trade happen,” WTO Director General Pascal Lamy said in his report to the high-level session of the Global Aid for Trade Review on 20 November 2007, because removing barriers is not enough for any country to benefit from trade — it has to adapt as well.
16.11.2007 Lamy fields questions on the Doha Round and Aid for Trade in live chat
Director-General Pascal Lamy answered about 70 questions from all over the globe in a live on-line chat on 16 November 2007. The hour-long chat touched on many trade issues, in particular the Doha Round and Aid for Trade.
16.11.2007 Doha Round will benefit energy trade — Lamy
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in his speech at the 20th World Energy Congress on 15 November 2007 in Rome, said “more predictable and transparent trade rules could benefit both energy-importing and energy-exporting countries, and, beyond them, companies engaged in energy trade and consumers — all of us”. He asked participants to call on governments to “take bold steps to run the last mile” in the Doha Round.
12.11.2007 Lamy invites public to on-line chat on Aid for Trade and other WTO issues
Director-General Pascal Lamy is hosting a live on-line chat from 11:00 to 12:00 Geneva time on 16 November 2007.
24.10.2007 The “greening” of the WTO has started — Lamy
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a speech at the Yale University on 24 October 2007, said that the WTO has surprised critics by showing itself to be “capable of delivering not only trade justice, but some measure of environmental justice too,” citing as examples the dispute cases about asbestos and sea turtles. He said that the Doha Round is the first to have a “green chapter,” which includes negotiations on reduction of fisheries subsidies.
22.10.2007 Evolving trade increases need for ‘active transparency’, Lamy tells lawyers
The requirement that members inform each other about new or forthcoming trade measures is important for the private sector, but the information also needs to be reviewed by WTO delegates who understand the content, Director-General Pascal Lamy said on 22 October 2007. In an address to Georgetown University Law Centre, Washington DC, Mr Lamy cited examples of countries adjusting their plans in response to comments from other members and predicted that peer review will become even more important as trade barriers change in nature.
21.10.2007 Lamy writes about Aid for Trade in development blog
“Ideas for Development”, an international blog designed to stimulate debate on economic development issues, was launched in Washington on 21 October 2007at the World Bank-IMF annual meetings. Created by seven prominent personalities, including Director-General Pascal Lamy, this blog provides web users with a new forum to advance the cause of development.
15.10.2007 Doha success will need positive outcome in services — Lamy
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a speech at the European Services Forum and the London School of Economics conference on 15 October 2007, said that the challenge in services is “to shift the negotiations into a higher gear”. He noted that a broad range of studies indicates that “the gains from further opening of trade in services far exceed those from opening trade in goods”.
09.10.2007 Lamy urges further acceleration of negotiations
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in his report on the Doha Round to the General Council on 9 October 2007, said “we have regained a good level of momentum in our work, and the challenge now is to accelerate it in the days and weeks ahead, so that the necessary compromises can be found.” He warned that “now more than ever, time is running against us.”
Report by the Chairman of the Trade Negotiations Committee
Audio: Lamy’s statement to the General Council as TNC Chair
Proposed agenda
04.10.2007 Lamy: Civil society is influencing the WTO agenda
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in his keynote address to the WTO Public Forum on 4 October 2007, said that civil society has registered many “successes” in the WTO, including the 2003 agreement on cheaper medicines for developing countries, and the inclusion of subjects like fisheries subsidies, environmental goods and services, and food aid in the Doha negotiations. He told participants “let me be clear—the WTO is looking for your contribution, it needs you to help shape its agenda”.
Speech
WTO Public Forum 2007
Audio: Plenary Opening Session
Video: Plenary Opening Session
02.10.2007 “Africa can compete with the world” — Lamy
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in his closing remarks at the conference on “Mobilizing Aid for Trade: Focus Africa” on 2 October 2007 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, said “the challenge is not just to build infrastructure, but to change mind sets — and that the most important change begins at the top — with a political commitment to making trade a central priority”.
Director-General’s closing remarks
Director-General’s opening remarks
Director-General’s statement at Standards and Trade Development Facility workshop
More on the Aid for Trade Regional Reviews 2007
25.09.2007 Lamy urges more aid to raise trade capacity of poorest nations
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in opening a pledging conference for “A New Enhanced Integrated Framework for Least Developed Countries” on 25 September 2007 in Stockholm, said “we are here today because we want to make sure that new opportunities that hopefully will result from the Doha Development Agenda — whether the duty-free and quota-free access to developed and developing country markets, the sharp reductions in agriculture subsidies in rich countries, including those on cotton, the elimination of export subsidies, the disciplines on fishery subsidies or the new rules on trade facilitation — translate into trade realities for the LDCs”.
19.09.2007 Lamy highlights three key issues to make aid-for-trade effective
To meet the challenges of development and participation in the trading system, the focus should be on countries’ own visions, financing and the role of the private sector, WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy told an aid-for-trade conference in Manila on 19 September 2007.
Pascal Lamy’s remarks at the opening session of the conference
Pascal Lamy’s remarks at the closing session of the conference
More on the Aid for Trade Regional Reviews 2007
13.09.2007 Aid-for-Trade initiative “critical” for Latin America and the Caribbean — Lamy
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in opening the conference “Mobilizing Aid for Trade: Focus Latin America and the Caribbean” on 13 September in Lima, Peru, said the initiative is “critical” for the region and the world trading system because “today’s global economy — which could be widened and strengthened by the conclusion of the Doha Round — is fundamentally changing the development dynamic”.
Pascal Lamy’s remarks at the opening session of the conference
Pascal Lamy’s remarks at the closing session of the conference
More on the Aid for Trade Regional Reviews 2007
10.09.2007 Proliferation of regional trade agreements “breeding concern” — Lamy
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in opening the Conference on “Multilateralizing Regionalism” on 10 September 2007 in Geneva, said that the point is not whether regionalism is a good or a bad thing, but that “we need to look at the manner in which RTAs operate, and what effects they have on trade opening and on the creation of new economic opportunities… (and) we also need to reflect on whether regionalism is causing harm to multilaterally-based trading relationships.”
Speech
Programme with presentations
08.09.2007 Lamy: “Terrorism is about increasing instability and global trade rules are about promoting stability”
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a speech to the International Institute for Strategic Studies on 8 September 2007, said that the successful conclusion of the Doha Round has “a strategic importance for security” as it would “give a clear signal that globalization can be harnessed through the collective efforts of the international community”.
04.09.2007 WTO, HEI to hold conference on regional trade accords
The WTO and the Geneva-based Graduate Institute of International Studies (HEI) will jointly host the conference “Multilateralising Regionalism” on 10-12 September. “Regional and bilateral agreements can make a contribution provided they are complementary to the multilateral trading system and not a substitute for it,” said Director-General Pascal Lamy. “This conference will raise public understanding on the need for a more co-ordinated approach to trade liberalisation and how it can best be implemented.”
Press release
Programme
17.08.2007 Completing the Doha Round is a “political must” — Lamy
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a speech in Kuala Lumpur on 17 August 2007, said today’s challenges are “resisting protectionist tendencies, investing in policies which ensure that the benefits of trade are spread fairly among and within countries and investing in a stable multilateral trading system”. He also commended Trade Minister Datuk Seri Rafidah Aziz and Amb. Muhamad Noor Yacob, currently chair of the WTO General Council, for their “tireless efforts in support of a more open trading system”.
27.07.2007 Lamy sees high level of commitment to conclude the Round
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in his report to the General Council on 27 July 2007, said recent meetings pointed to the negotiators’ “high level of commitment to concluding the Round”. He also noted “some significant differences” but that “convergence is within our reach if you are all ready to show the necessary will and flexibility to close the gaps”.
Report by the Chairman of the Trade Negotiations Committee
Audio: Lamy’s statement to the General Council as TNC Chair
Proposed agenda
26.07.2007 Lamy calls for intensive negotiations across the board in September
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in opening the Trade Negotiations Committee meeting on 26 July 2007, urged Members to study the draft texts on agriculture and industrial goods during the summer break and come back in September “ready to engage in intensive negotiations”. “We have already come a long way in this Round, and the distance left to go is not so great — but it will require an extra effort,” he said.
Statement by Pascal Lamy to the TNC
Audio: Lamy’s statement to the TNC
17.07.2007 Lamy backs agriculture, NAMA texts — urges closing the gaps
Director-General Pascal Lamy endorsed today, 17 July 2007, the work of Agriculture negotiations Chairman Crawford Falconer and non-agricultural market access (NAMA) negotiations Chairman Don Stephenson in producing Doha Development Round compromise texts for trade in agriculture and industrial goods.
02.07.2007 Lamy says relatively small concessions needed for reaching Doha agreement
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a speech to the UN Economic and Social Council in Geneva on 2 July 2007, said that what remains to be done in the Doha Round is “small compared to all the proposals on the table”. He stressed that “there are billions of people who are counting on this deal to deliver on the Millennium Development Goals.”
22.06.2007 Lamy: “The target has not changed”
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in opening an informal meeting of the Trade Negotiations Committee on 22 June 2007, stressed that “the need now is for urgent action to restore confidence that these negotiations can and will be finished successfully.” He urged Members to “engage fully in the multilateral process led by the Chairs, and put your cards on the table over the coming weeks in Geneva so that we can reach full modalities.”
21.06.2007 Statement from DG Lamy concerning Potsdam outcome
G4 Members (US, EU, Brazil and India) have been meeting in Potsdam to try to bridge gaps in their negotiating positions. Prior convergence among these Members would have been helpful to pave the way towards multilateral convergence. But helpful does not mean indispensable. This negotiation is an endeavour among the 150 Members of the WTO.
08.06.2007 Lamy asks G8 for “added political effort” to spur Doha agreement
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a speech to the G8 Summit at Heiligendamm, Germany on 8 June 2007, said an interim Doha agreement is now “within reach”, and urged the G8 leaders “not to let this opportunity slip through your fingers”. He said “what better way to fulfil the numerous commitments that the G8 has made in favour of the developing countries over the past few years?”
09.05.2007 Lamy warns Doha failure would mean “breaking the commitment for a more developing-friendly world trading system”
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a report to the General Council on 9 May 2007, said that “a successful outcome to the Round is possible, even in the small amount of time remaining until the end of the year”. He warned that failure would mean foregoing the very significant trade package on the table and “breaking the commitment for a more developing-friendly world trading system”.
Report by the TNC Chairman
Audio: Mr Lamy’s statement to the General Council as chairman of the TNC
Audio: DG Press conference
Proposed agenda
07.05.2007 Lamy: “Chairs working towards revised papers”
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in opening the 14th Geneva Week for WTO non-resident Members and observers on 7 May 2007, said that the recent paper by the chair of the agriculture negotiating group is the first of a series of draft papers by chairs of the different negotiating bodies, “which can become the basis for agreement”. He said “it is important that Members support the chairs by providing constructive inputs and by showing a willingness to negotiate and be flexible”.
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26.04.2007 Lamy sees a development-friendly trading system post-Doha
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a video address to the annual meeting of the International Trade Centre UNCTAD/WTO Joint Advisory Group in Geneva on 26 April 2007, said a successful conclusion to the Round would result in a more development-friendly trading system and bigger trade flows for developing countries. He expressed full support to the ITC’s trade-promotion programmes for developing countries
ITC Programme
Video: Interview with the DG (High quality)
Video: Interview with the DG (Low quality)
23.04.2007 Lamy: “US leadership will be key to the fate of the Round”
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a speech to the US Chamber of Commerce in Washington on 23 April 2007, said “US leadership is always required to sustain the WTO but the exercise of this leadership by the Administration and Congress in the weeks and months ahead will be key to the fate of the Round.”
15.04.2007 Lamy urges breakthrough in trade negotiations
Director-General Pascal Lamy told the IMF-World Bank International Monetary and Financial Committee on 14 April 2007 in Washington that if the situation in the trade negotiations does not change soon “governments will be forced to confront the unpleasant reality of failure”. To the World Bank Development Committee on 15 April 2007, he said that “now that we have focused minds — and raised expectations — we need to deliver results” on Aid for Trade.
Speaking Notes, International Monetary and Financial Committee Meeting
Speaking Notes, World Bank Development Committee Meeting
12.04.2007 Risks lie ahead following stronger trade in 2006, WTO reports
Risks in financial and property markets and large trade imbalances in goods and services mean increased uncertainty in 2007 and raise the prospect of weaker economic and trade expansion in the coming year, according to WTO economists. “A successful conclusion to the Doha Round holds great potential for boosting growth and alleviating poverty,” Director-General Pascal Lamy said. “An agreement would also deliver more relevant trade rules, helping to establish a more stable and certain foundation for today’s dynamic global marketplace.”
Press release
Video: DG interview on trade statistics (High quality)
Video: DG interview on trade statistics (Low quality)
Video news release (High quality)
Video news release (Low quality)
Audio from the press conference
28.03.2007 Lamy says ITA success is inspiration to Doha negotiators
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in opening the WTO Information Technology Symposium on 28 March 2007, commended the Information Technology Agreement on its tenth anniversary as “a major success” — noting that world exports of ITA products have more than doubled during the past ten years. He said that “as we embark into the last lap of the Doha Development Agenda, it is important to keep in mind the contribution that an ambitious initiative to cut barriers to trade, such as the ITA, can make to development”.
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Statement by Pascal Lamy
Audio: Opening session
23.03.2007 Lamy asks for support on “final stretch” of negotiations
Director-General Pascal Lamy, at a seminar in Mexico City on 23 March 2007, asked Mexico and other members for support in concluding successfully the Doha Round. “We are not very far from that success — but this is the final stretch, and as in so many human endeavours, the last part is the most difficult”, he said.
16.03.2007 Meeting shows need for result in cotton talks and more coherence on aid
While participants differ on some of the details, they agree that cotton needs a breakthrough in the Doha Round negotiations, and that more is needed to remove blockages on development assistance, Director-General Pascal Lamy said on 16 March 2007.
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Audio: Director-General’s press conference
Video: Highlights from the press conference (Windows Media: High)
Video: Highlights from the press conference (Windows Media: Low)
12.03.2007 Lamy calls for “full speed” negotiations
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a speech at an international seminar in New Delhi on 12 March 2007, said “time is not on our side … the multilateral process of negotiations must therefore kick-in at full speed”. He underlined the development potential of the Doha Round in agriculture, industrial goods, services and other areas of the negotiations.
23.02.2007 The Philippines’ active involvement in the Doha Round at this crucial time is vital, says Lamy
If we are to reach a result, it is time for all countries to make a contribution now, stressed Director-General Pascal Lamy in a speech to the Business Roundtable of the Philippines Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Manila on 23 February 2007.
07.02.2007 Lamy: “We have resumed negotiations fully across the board”
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in his report to the WTO General Council on 7 February 2007, said that “political conditions are now more favourable for the conclusion of the Round than they have been for a long time”. He added that “political leaders around the world clearly want us to get fully back to business, although we in turn need their continuing commitment”.
Statement by Pascal Lamy to the General Council
Audio: Statement by Pascal Lamy
Proposed agenda
05.02.2007 Lamy urges support for environmental chapter of the Doha Round
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in an address to the UNEP Global Ministerial Environment Forum in Nairobi on 5 February 2007, warned that a failure of the Doha negotiations “would strengthen the hand of all those who argue that economic growth should proceed unchecked” without regard for the environment. He stressed that “trade, and indeed the WTO, must be made to deliver sustainable development”.
01.02.2007 Lamy to visit East Africa: Freer and fairer trade can help Africa spur growth and alleviate poverty
As part of his ongoing consultations with WTO members on how to move forward the trade talks, Director-General Pascal Lamy will tour East Africa on 1-6 February 2007. He will meet the Presidents of Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya, government representatives, parliamentarians, civil society and business leaders in these countries.
17.01.2007 Regional agreements: the ‘pepper’ in the multilateral ‘curry’ — Lamy
The world faces the prospect of 400 preferential trade agreements by 2010 and the challenge of ensuring they contribute to the health of world trade, Director-General Pascal Lamy told the Confederation of Indian Industries in Bangalore on 17 January 2007.
04.01.2007 Lamy urges Norwegian industries to help achieve rapid conclusion of Doha Round
Speaking at the Annual Conference of the Norwegian Confederation of Industries in Oslo, 4 January 2007, WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy stressed that the Doha Round was a win-win deal for Norway given the country’s substantial interests in the negotiations and the flexibilities available in the Doha agenda to accompany a genuine reform in agriculture.
18.12.2006 Online chat: Lamy sees “positive signs” in trade talks
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in an online chat on 18 December 2006, said that “I am doing my best to push things as hard as possible and I am seeing some positive signs”. However, he is “still waiting for some of the more important members to convert their expressions of increased flexibility into numbers”. Lamy fielded more than 100 questions in English, French and Spanish from around the world.
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14.12.2006 Lamy: “We can stay on track to successfully conclude the Round next year”
Director-General Pascal Lamy reported to the General Council on 14 December 2006 that “an increasing level of engagement” is starting to appear in consultations by the Chairs of the negotiating groups. He stressed the “need to maintain the rhythm of the informal work … to exploit the window of opportunity in the first quarter of next year”.
Statement by Pascal Lamy to the General Council
Audio: Statement by Pascal Lamy
Audio: Press conference
Agenda
Aid for Trade task force follow-up
23.11.2006 Lamy asks parliamentarians to support relaunch of full negotiations
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a video address to the 12th Session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly in Barbados on 23 November 2006, said that moving to full-fledged ministerial negotiations will require “serious thinking and compromises”. He asked parliamentarians to support “relaunching these negotiations in full gear, so that you may reap their full reward”.
22.11.2006 Lamy: WTO Doha Development Agenda: Building on the Uruguay Round towards a freer, fairer world trading system
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in an address in Montevideo, Uruguay to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the launching of the Uruguay Round paid tribute to all who helped to make the Uruguay Round a success. He also urged for “renewed political commitment, leadership and goodwill by all WTO Members to prepare the ground for fully-fledged negotiations to resume”.
16.11.2006 Director-General’s remarks at the informal TNC, 16 November 2006
15.11.2006 Lamy: APEC ministers call for rapid restart of the negotiating engines
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in an address to the APEC Business Advisory Council in Hanoi on 15 November 2006, said that all APEC trade ministers have “expressed a sense of urgency and joined in calling for a rapid restart of the negotiating engines in Geneva”. He urged the APEC business community to lobby governments for a successful conclusion to the Doha Round.
09.11.2006 Lamy says new postal strategy could help trade expansion
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a video address to the Universal Postal Union Strategy Conference on 8 November 2006 said “the new UPU strategy of integrating the physical, electronic and financial networks could dramatically facilitate expanding global trade”.
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Audio: Speech by Pascal Lamy
Video: Speech by the DG at the Universal Postal Union (Windows Media: Low)
Video: Speech by the DG at the Universal Postal Union (Windows Media: High)
07.11.2006 General Council approves Viet Nam’s membership
Viet Nam is set to become the WTO’s 150th member following a decision by the General Council on 7 November 2006 to approve the Southeast Asian country’s membership agreement. “The remarkable efforts that Viet Nam has put into preparing for membership should be an inspiration to us all, as several members have observed,” WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy said.
Press Release
Pascal Lamy’s address welcoming Viet Nam
Audio: Welcome Address by Pascal Lamy to the General Council
Audio: Press conference
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01.11.2006 The WTO is “a laboratory for harnessing globalization” — Lamy
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in the Malcolm Wiener Lecture at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University at Cambridge, Massachusetts on 1 November 2006, expressed the hope that “all WTO Members consider the contribution that the WTO can make to ensuring that globalization works to the benefit of one and all peoples as they reflect on the resumption of the negotiations”.
31.10.2006 Lamy warns bilateral agreements are not the “easy way out” from the suspended talks
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in the Annual Memorial Silver Lecture at the Columbia University in New York on 31 October 2006, said that “we must ensure regional trade agreements are complementary — and not a substitute — to the multilateral trading system”. He added that “if the multilateral system dies away, so does the positive potential of regional trade agreements”.
30.10.2006 Lamy: It’s time for a new “Geneva consensus” on making trade work for development
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in the Emile Noel Lecture at the New York University Law School on 30 October 2006, stressed that “a fundamental aspect of the current Round is to correct the remaining imbalances in trade rules in favour of developing countries and to improve rules that will provide developing countries with authentic market opportunities”.
19.10.2006 Lamy fields 150 questions from around the world in online chat
Nearly a hundred participants from around the world posed some 150 questions in on online chat hosted by Director-General Lamy on 18 October 2006. Questions touched on the prospects for the resumption of the Doha Round, the possible impact of failure, and the future of the WTO
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17.10.2006 Lamy warns Doha failure will seriously weaken the trading system
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a speech before the International Trade Committee of the European Parliament in Brussels on 17 October 2006, said the failure of the trade talks would “not be a major economic shock that would precipitate any particular market crisis…but rather as a slowly developing disease that would progressively sap the strength of the multilateral trading system built up over the past 50 years, damaging its economic lungs, its political heart, and its systemic bone structure”.
11.10.2006 Public opinion “more anxious” about effects of globalization — Lamy
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a keynote speech to the 23rd Assembly of the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations on 11 October 2006, said that “the public is holding their governments to account for the expectations that’s globalization has raised on a much wider scale — that an increasingly wealthy and prosperous world should be making faster progress towards broadly-based economic development, reducing poverty, and achieving international social and environmental goals”.
10.10.2006 Africa’s agriculture, intra-trade to benefit from the Doha talks — Lamy
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a video message to the African Investment Forum on 10 October 2006, said Africa’s agriculture exports and the continent’s intra-trade would be among the major beneficiaries from a successful Doha Round.
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Audio: Director General, Pascal Lamy
Video: Statement by Mr. Pascal Lamy (Windows Media: Low)
Video: Statement by Mr. Pascal Lamy (Windows Media: High)
29.09.2006 Lamy urges use of “best practices” in international standardization
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a keynote address to the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) Council Centennial Session on 29 September 2006, called on standardizing bodies to follow WTO guidelines in their work, including “openness and transparency”, and ensuring effective participation of developing countries.
27.09.2006 Lamy calls for debate on ‘flexibility’ and what makes good ‘policy space’
The increase in South-South trade means developing countries’ policies are increasingly affecting each other, and therefore calls for flexibility to preserve “policy space” need to be thought through carefully, Director-General Pascal Lamy said on 27 September 2006. He was addressing the 53rd Session of the UNCTAD Trade and Development Board.
25.09.2006 Lamy notes widespread “frustration and regret” over suspension of trade talks
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in his opening remarks to the WTO Public Forum on 25 September 2006, noted the “frustration and regret” of WTO members, academia and civil society over the risk of “losing a major — maybe unique — opportunity to integrate more vulnerable economies into international trade, and undermining their potential for contributing to sustainable growth and poverty alleviation”.
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Audio: Plenary Opening Session
Video: Opening Remarks by Mr. Pascal Lamy (Windows Media: Low)
Video: Opening Remarks by Mr. Pascal Lamy (Windows Media: High)
20.09.2006 Lamy: Doha agricultural deal is a “quantum leap” from the Uruguay Round results
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in remarks during the Cairns Group 20th Anniversary Meeting in Australia on 20 September 2006, said that the agricultural package of the Doha Round last July “had nearly all the makings of a deal that would have represented a quantum leap from the results of the Uruguay Round”.
18.09.2006 WTO to press for additional aid-for-trade resources
As WTO members prepare to discuss a task force’s recommendations in mid-October, WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy has stressed the importance of “aid for trade” for helping developing and least-developed countries deal with adjustment costs, capacity constraints and supply responses for new trade agreements. But he told the World Bank-IMF’s Development Committee on 18 September that the WTO’s role would be advocacy and not the provision of assistance.
Speech to the World Bank-IMF’s Development Committee
Statement by WTO Director-General at the Roundtable on Aid For Trade
18.09.2006 Lamy: ‘political heavy lifting’ at home needed to revive talks
Concern about the multilateral system and a willingness to continue talking are not enough for a breakthrough in the Doha negotiations; governments have to work hard in their own constituencies, despite the “political costs of re-calibrating national positions”, WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy told the World Bank-IMF International Monetary and Finance Committee in Singapore on 18 September 2006.
13.09.2006 Lamy underlines the importance of developing-country participation in standard-setting
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a video address to the 29th ISO General Assembly on 13 September 2006, urged the ISO to continue pursuing steps “to facilitate the integration of developing countries in the world of standardization”. He added that the relationship between ISO and the WTO “is critical for international trade”.
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Audio: 29th ISO General Assembly
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Video: Windows Media (High)
06.09.2006 “China was strong when it opened to the world” — Lamy
China has a strategic interest in safeguarding a strong WTO and working for a successful Doha Round of negotiations, and members have acknowledged China’s serious and responsible commitment to its obligations, Director General Pascal Lamy told an audience in Shanghai on 6 September 2006.
27.07.2006 General Council supports suspension of trade talks, Task Force submits “Aid for Trade” recommendations
The General Council, at its meeting on 27-28 July 2006, supported a recommendation by Director-General Pascal Lamy to suspend the Doha negotiations. The Task Force on Aid for Trade submitted its report and recommendations aimed at helping developing countries increase exports of goods and services.
Summary of the meeting
Statement by Pascal Lamy to the General Council
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24.07.2006 Talks suspended. ‘Today there are only losers.’
The Doha Development Agenda negotiations are to be suspended because gaps between key players remain too wide. Heads of delegations, speaking in an informal meeting of the Trade Negotiations Committee on 24 July 2006, agreed with WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy that this will be a setback for all members.
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Statement by Pascal Lamy at the informal Trade Negotiations Committee meeting
Audio: Statement by Pascal Lamy at the informal Trade Negotiations Committee meeting
Audio: Highlights from the press conference
17.07.2006 ‘The chief responsibility lies here,’ Lamy tells G-8
WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy’s consultations have only shown “marginal” movement in the negotiations and the responsibility now lies with leaders of the major economies to give their ministers more room to negotiate, he told the Group of Eight Summit in St. Petersburg on 17 July 2006.
06.07.2006 Lamy: “The time for delay is over”
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a statement to the National Press Club in Tokyo on 6 July, said that “if members are serious about creating a more open, equitable and relevant trading system, there is no option but to move now”. He stressed that the trade talks need Japan’s help, adding that he would expand his consultations to other G-6 countries on his return to Geneva.
01.07.2006 ‘We are now in crisis.’ Director-General to try to break impasse
Ministers have failed to narrow their differences on the “modalities” or template agreements that are needed to compile detailed cuts in tariffs and agricultural subsidies, and members have asked Director-General Pascal Lamy to try to broker a compromise “as soon as possible”. Members also shared his assessment that the negotiations are now in crisis.
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Statement by Pascal Lamy at the informal Trade Negotiations Committee meeting
Statement by Pascal Lamy at the formal Trade Negotiations Committee meeting
Audio: Highlights from the press conference
30.06.2006 Lamy: Ministers here, but will there be negotiations?
Lack of progress in discussions immediately before the weekend’s deliberations on template agreements — known as modalities — is “sobering”, Director-General Pascal Lamy told an informal meeting of the full membership on 30 June 2006. A number of countries shared his concern that continuing deadlock could wreck the chances of concluding a deal that would boost global economic growth, correct imbalances and promote development.
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Statement by Pascal Lamy to the Trade Negotiations Committee
28.06.2006 Lamy outlines schedule for ‘moment-of-truth’ meetings
From Friday 30 June 2006, a series of meetings open to all members, alternating with hard talking among a representative group of ministers and other forms of consultations, will aim to produce “vital operational decisions” over the weekend.
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Statement by Pascal Lamy to the Trade Negotiations Committee
Audio: Highlights from the press conference
22.06.2006 Draft modalities announce the beginning of a marathon — Lamy
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in his opening address to the Inter-Parliamentary Union’s Conference on the WTO in Geneva on 22 June 2006, said next week is “a crucial moment for the negotiations” with a number of ministers aiming to narrow differences in industrial and agricultural goods. “We have now a once in a generation opportunity to correct imbalances in multilateral trade—I ask that we not waste it”, he said.
05.06.2006 Lamy says Doha talks “deeper, larger and fairer” than previous rounds
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a speech at the 12th International Economic Forum of the Americas on 5 June 2006 in Montreal, said that the current negotiations are difficult because “this Round is deeper, larger and fairer across the board” than previous rounds.
30.05.2006 Lamy urges members to support multilateral environmental accords
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a video conference address to the opening session of the European Commission’s Green Week 2006 in Brussels on 30 May 2006, urged WTO members to lend their support to multilateral environmental accords. He added that the Doha Round is “a once in lifetime opportunity” to confirm the need for mutual supportiveness between the WTO and MEAs.
19.05.2006 The WTO is “a motor energizing the international legal order” — Lamy
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a speech to the European Society of International Law at Sorbonne, Paris on 19 May 2006, said that the WTO is “a catalyst for international mutual respect towards international coherence and even for more global governance, which I believe is needed if we want the world we live in to become less violent, be it social, political, economic or environmental violence”.
18.05.2006 Lamy: The trade talks are at a “crucial” phase
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a speech on 18 May 2006 in Geneva at a forum on “The City and the Quality of Life”, said that members now have to assume their responsibility and table proposals, in particular the EU, the US and large emerging countries. He also said that in establishing trade rules, the WTO is a tool in managing globalization.
15.05.2006 Lamy urges negotiators to find “second wind” in trade talks
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in his report to the General Council as chair of the Trade Negotiations Committee on 15 May, said trade negotiators “now need to push to the finish”. “We can achieve modalities — I am convinced of that, but it is going be hard work… as we all know, looking at the developments in the world around us, the stakes are too high for us to fail”.
Statement by Pascal Lamy to the General Council
Audio: Statement by TNC chair Pascal Lamy
Audio: Highlights from the statement
10.05.2006 Lamy highlights environment dimension of the trade talks
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in his remarks to the Commission on Sustainable Development on 10 May 2006, urged WTO members to pursue “more forcefully” the environment dimension of the Doha Round. He said that “negotiations on the trade liberalization of environmental goods and services, as well as on the relationship between WTO rules and multilateral environmental agreements, could have a positive impact on the energy sector”.
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Audio: Remarks to the Commission on Sustainable Development
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04.05.2006 Lamy underlines gains from Doha negotiations
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in his opening remarks to the 5th Munich Economic Summit on 4 May 2006, said that “like all good teams, Germany and Europe know that what they need are clear and transparent rules, a level playing-field and a trusted referee” in international trade. He added that the challenges for Germany and all other countries are “to keep on with the hard work, to have the courage to adapt to ever changing circumstances, and in not getting discouraged”.
01.05.2006 Lamy calls for “shared sense of urgency” in the trade negotiations
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in his introductory statement to the Trade Negotiations Committee on 1 May 2006, said that finding consensus in the negotiations “remains doable, but only if a sense of urgency—which I feel is not always shared by all—starts appearing in each and every delegation”. “We must now focus our efforts on working intensively, continuously and in an effective manner on a text-based negotiating process, which is solidly anchored in Geneva”, he added.
Statement by Pascal Lamy to the TNC
Audio: Statement by TNC chair Pascal Lamy
24.04.2006 Lamy calls for continuous negotiations as chairs report modalities deadline will be missed
Director-General Pascal Lamy told journalists on 24 April 2006 that “we may have missed the deadline but we are not in deadlock”. Earlier, in a statement at an informal meeting of heads of delegations, he said that “genuine and important progress has been made, but not fast enough to allow us to reach agreement on modalities by the end of the month”. He said that “from now on, the process to reach modalities will be continuous, Geneva-based, and focused on texts — and we should aim at finishing this work in matter of weeks rather than months”.
Statement by Pascal Lamy to the TNC
Audio: Highlights from the press conference
18.04.2006 Lamy praises Portman, welcomes USTR nominee Schwab
Director-General Pascal Lamy today (18 April 2006) praised Rob Portman, outgoing US Trade Representative, for his contribution to the global trading system while welcoming the announcement by US President George Bush that Deputy US Trade Representative Susan Schwab, has been nominated as Mr. Portman’s successor. Mr. Portman has been nominated by President Bush to serve as White House Budget Director.
06.04.2006 Lamy urges India to contribute to rapid progress of Doha talks
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a speech to the Indian Council for Research on International Relations in New Delhi on 6 April 2006, called on India to contribute to a “win-win” outcome in the trade talks, stressing that it “has a lot at stake given its interest across the entire negotiating agenda and given the dynamism of its economy”. He added that the developing world would be the “the main losers from a failure of the Round”.
28.03.2006 “The moment of truth is fast approaching” — Lamy
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in his introductory statement to the Trade Negotiations Committee on 28 March 2006, reminded members of the end-April deadline for establishing modalities in agriculture and industrial products, and stressed that “the moment of truth is therefore fast approaching — we do not have time to waste”.
Introductory statement by Pascal Lamy to the TNC
Audio: Statement by TNC chair Pascal Lamy
Audio: Highlights from the press conference
28.03.2006 Lamy: “No conflict between trade and environment”
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a video message to the Convention on Biological Diversity on 28 March 2006, said that the Convention and the WTO “stand side-by-side today in the canvass of rules that the international community has been weaving to make the world a more orderly place”. He added that “it is critical that they successfully interface”.
23.03.2006 Lamy: “We have no more time to lose”
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a speech to the Committee on International Trade of the European Parliament on 23 March 2006 in Brussels, said “now is clearly a moment of truth” in the Doha Round with the April deadline approaching. He said “all actors will need to move… and progress needs to be made on all fronts”.
14.03.2006 Lamy: “The WTO is open to dialogue”
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a speech at the Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva (HEI) on 14 March 2006, said that the WTO is an organization in the archipelago of global governance that is open to dialogue and sensitive to development concerns and other international issues. He cited WTO’s efforts in helping poorer countries obtain cheaper generic versions of patented medicines, and noted that the WTO Secretariat maintains working relations with almost 200 international organizations.
21.02.2006 Lamy takes 200 questions on many trade issues in his first live chat
Responding to questions from all over the world about many subjects ranging from sustainable development to generic medicines, Director-General Pascal Lamy held his first live online chat on 21 February 2006, from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. Geneva time.
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17.02.2006 US leadership “indispensable” for Doha Round success, says Lamy
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a speech at the International Institute of Economics in Washington on 17 February 2006, said that “as in the other Rounds, US leadership is indispensable” for the Doha Round to conclude successfully by the end of the year. He added that “at the end of the day all countries stand to gain from a strengthened multilateral trading system — both developed and developing countries since trade is not a zero-sum game”.
10.02.2006 Lamy: “Each country has to move”
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a speech before the South African Institute of International Affairs in Johannesburg on 10 February 2006, said that in Geneva “every country knows it will have to move” to successfully conclude the Round, and pointed to the leadership role of South Africa “in ensuring that the major players make significant movement”.
08.02.2006 Lamy calls on negotiators to focus now on “numbers and texts”
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in his report to the General Council on 8 February 2006 as chair of the Trade Negotiations Committee, underlined that the “only way to make progress across the board in these negotiations is focus on the two main elements we must now develop — numbers and words, texts”.
Report by the Chairman of the Trade Negotiations Committee
Video: Highlights from the press conference — Windows media (High)
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07.02.2006 Lamy urges members to “step up” negotiations
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in his statement to the Trade Negotiations Committee on 7 February 2006, noted the “very detailed timelines” in the Hong Kong Declaration and urged negotiators “to intensify contacts with other delegations and with your capitals, to move us towards the elements we will need to conclude this Round at the end of the year”.
Statement by Pascal Lamy to the TNC
Audio: Statement by TNC chair Pascal Lamy
Video: Highlights from the press conference — Windows media (High)
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31.01.2006 Lamy highlights Doha Round’s development benefits
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a speech in Lima, Peru on 31 January 2006, said that the current negotiations must integrate the issues and concerns of developing countries “in every stage”. Developing countries also have the “opportunity to adopt and lock in reforms which underpin economic growth and development,” he added as he praised Peru and its regional partners for being “constructive actors” in the WTO.
30.01.2006 Lamy calls for new “Geneva consensus” on humanising globalization
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a speech in Santiago, Chile on 30 January 2006, said “we need to remember that trade is only a tool to elevate the human condition: the ultimate impact of our rules on human beings should always be at the centre of our consideration”. He urged more assistance to help developing countries deal with the imbalances created between winners and losers from trade opening.
13.01.2006 DG Lamy notes with sadness the passing of Appellate Body Member Lockhart
WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy announced with sadness on 13 January 2006 the passing of John Lockhart, one of the Members of the Appellate Body.
13.12.2005 Lamy urges negotiators to be “bold and courageous”
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in his address at the inaugural session of the Sixth Ministerial Conference on 13 December 2005, said trade negotiators must be prepared to take some risks “for improved rules, for a level playing field, for free and fair trade — in short, the best chance for development, the backbone of the Doha Round”.
12.12.2005 Lamy: “Hong Kong should bring us closer to the finishing line next year”
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a speech to the Inter-Parliamentary Union and the European Parliament on 12 December 2005 in Hong Kong, China, said that members “must strengthen the Draft Declaration, build on it, and take it forward,” warning that “there is little time to spare”.
02.11.2005 Arthur Dunkel: “A life dedicated to a more open and fair world trading system”
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a speech on 2 November 2005 during a ceremony in memory of Mr. Arthur Dunkel, said the former GATT Director-General should be an inspiration in the current trade negotiations: “he did not change course following the fashion of the day, but remained firmly committed to his own belief that a more open and fair trading system is an instrument of peace and prosperity”.
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24.10.2005 Lamy says progress in farm talks needed for the Round to gain steam
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a speech during an interactive video conference from Paris to the Annual Conference of the Parliamentary Network of the World Bank in Helsinki on 22 October 2005, said “while we have seen some progress in the agriculture dossier last week, positions are still too far apart on agricultural market access to allow the negotiations to progress”.
21.10.2005 Lamy reiterates call for a new “Geneva consensus”
Director-General Pascal Lamy, on 21 October 2005, said “trade liberalization is necessary but not sufficient” in his Master of Public Affairs inaugural lecture at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris. He stressed that “trade liberalization policies must be accompanied with programmes that take into account the victims of trade opening”.
18.10.2005 Lamy urges more flexibility in farm talks (only in French)
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a speech to European Union farmers’ organizations in Strasbourg, France on 18 October 2005, encouraged the EU and the United States to show greater flexibility in the agriculture negotiations, adding that everyone must make compromises in the Round. He also underlined the importance of agriculture in alleviating poverty in developing countries.
16.10.2005 Lamy takes part in Hong Kong Roundtable Forum
Director-General Pascal Lamy and Hong Kong, China’s Secretary for Commerce, Industry and Technology John Tsang, who is also chairman of the 6th WTO Ministerial Conference, were keynote speakers of a roundtable forum on 16 October 2005 at the Hong Kong University. NGO representatives participated in an open-floor discussion. The host government’s website broadcast the event. Mr Lamy also spoke to journalists at the Hong Kong Foreign Correspondents Club.
10.10.2005 “Trade can be a friend, and not a foe, of conservation” — Lamy
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in his opening address to the WTO Symposium on Trade and Sustainable Development on 10 October 2005, said that the WTO must ensure its rules help correct environmental problems and support the implementation of multilateral environmental protection accords. He also urged trade liberalization in goods and services that can help protect the environment.
06.10.2005 Lamy: Trade is “fundamental tool” in fight against poverty
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a speech to the UN Conference on Trade and Development in Geneva on 6 October 2005, said that “the bottom line will have to be that trade must act, and deliver, as an engine of GDP growth and development”. He added that “the economic interests and development needs of developing countries lie at the heart of the Doha Agenda”.
05.10.2005 Lamy urges business leaders to support services talks
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a speech to the International Trade Centre Executive Forum on National Export Strategy in Montreux on 5 October 2005, stressed that “services are a core element of the Doha Development Agenda”. He added that “there is clear link between development and benefits brought about by the opening of services markets”.
29.09.2005 Lamy says trade is the missing piece of the development puzzle
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in his remarks to the Development Committee of the World Bank in Washington on 25 September 2005, said that while the international community has taken recent steps towards debt relief and increasing aid “there is a missing piece of the development puzzle — an essential third pillar — and that is trade opening”.
26.09.2005 Hong Kong Ministerial is last and best chance to conclude the Round by next year — Lamy
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in his remarks to the IMF International Monetary and Financial Committee in Washington on 24 September 2005, said that “the world economy will not come to an end if Hong Kong fails … but it will be left significantly weaker…” He said he would work intensively with the IMF and the World Bank in the coming months to make the “Aid for Trade” initiative for developing countries a reality.
23.09.2005 Lamy: “The world trade engine must be switched on for everyone”
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a speech at the International Parliamentary Union in Geneva on 22 September 2005, said that “we have a common responsibility to ensure that the trade engine is switched on for everyone, that no one is left behind”. He stressed that the Doha Round represents an important opportunity for economic growth and development.
15.09.2005 Lamy lauds China’s contribution to world economy
Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a message on 15 September 2005 from Geneva to the Fourth Beijing International Forum on WTO and China (2005) and the Sixth Beijing Chaoyang International Business Festival, said that China’s recent growth shows that a more open economy is the best way to boost competitiveness.

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