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Argentina expects positive but "austere" results from the WTO ministerial

The Argentine government said today that it expects "positive" but "austere" results from the eleventh ministerial conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO), which will be held in Buenos Aires from December 10 to 13.

Buenos Aires, Nov 27 (EFE) .- The Government of Argentina said today it expects "positive" but "austere" results from the eleventh ministerial conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO), which will be held in Buenos Aires from December 10 to December 13.

"Argentina works to strengthen the multilateral trading system, we aspire to positive results. austere expectations, "said Argentine Foreign Minister Jorge Faurie, presenting the contents of the WTO meeting to representatives of civil society.

Faurie recalled that in the last two ministerials -Bali, in 2013, and Nairobi, in 2015- had "some steps", such as a trade facilitation agreement and the elimination of export subsidies agricultural.

"The idea of ​​making small progress is the expectation that we also have for Buenos Aires," Faurie said.

The foreign minister said that Argentina expects The meeting will adopt "some additional disciplines that limit agricultural subsidies and that there will be greater liberalization of agricultural trade."

Former Argentine Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra, who will preside over the ministerial appointment to which some 5,000 people will attend, was also cautious when talking about the expected agreements, but stressed that it is important that Buenos Aires work plans are established for those issues pending agreement, "a well-defined road map forward to reach the objective point."

"It is not going to There is a decision in Buenos Aires regarding domestic support (in the agricultural sector), but we do believe that a specific negotiation can be launched eventually in this regard ", commented.

The agenda of Buenos Aires will have other issues, such as subsidies to fisheries, regulations on trade in services, the integration of value chains, trade electronic, the commercial insertion of SMEs and the facilitation of investments.

In addition, the outstanding issues of the Doha Round of trade liberalization will be on the table, started in 2001 and still unfinished.

Furie said the conference will take place at a "particular moment" on the international scene marked by a "revolution" of applied technologies. production with an impact on labor markets and a "distrust of how trade develops".

Regarding the latter, Faurie argued that the "response to problems "can not be isolation but dialogue and affirmed that trade has the" fundamental role "to sustain growth and ensure development.

The chancellor observed that in 2017 the indicators mark a recovery in global trade, which "leaves open the possibility that world trade grows between 3.5% and 3.7%" next year.

"There is a feeling of recovery. Chancellor, who advocated an "open, transparent and equitable" global trade.

He affirmed that the WTO guarantees that different countries can participate on an "equal footing" in the "rediscussion of trade rules", with a "level playing field" that "counterbalances" between large economies and smaller ones.

Malcorra, for his part, pointed out that the The conference has as a "substrate" the "crossroads" that the multilateral trading system is experiencing, with certain "voices" that show its "skepticism" about the current model.

However, after maintain contacts with representatives of the 164 countries of the WTO, said he could observe that there has been an "evolution in the understanding of the different members" of the organization "tending to recognize that a system of rules is necessary "because not having it" would be to be in the jungle. "

" Therefore, I believe that the first condition that should emerge from Buenos Aires is this reinforcement of the idea that the WTO is an essential organization to advance the deepening of trade, "said Malcorra, who recalled that in the organization all decisions are taken by consensus.

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