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Brazil for WTO meeting on sidelines of G8

01.01.70

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on Friday proposed holding a summit meeting of the World Trade Organisation on the sidelines of the G8 meeting of industrialised nations in Saint Petersburg in July.

"The time has come to involve directly the leaders in order reach a breakthrough in the negotiations" from the Doha Round of trade talks which have currently stalled.

The WTO needs to "give a political boost" to the trade talks, Lula said at an European Union-Latin American summit in Vienna.

His proposal hopes to use the G8 meeting as the catalyst for progress as leaders from the United States, Japan, Britain, France, Germany, Canada, Italy and hosts Russia gather for the summit along with representatives from Brazil, China, India, Mexico and South Africa.

Expert opinion

Halter Marek

02.12.06

Halter Marek
Le College de France
Olivier Giscard dEstaing

02.12.06

Olivier Giscard dEstaing
COPAM, France
Mika Ohbayashi

02.12.06

Mika Ohbayashi
Institute for Sustainable Energy Poliy
Bill Pace

02.12.06

Bill Pace
World Federalist Movement - Institute for Global Policy
Peter I. Hajnal

01.12.06

Peter I. Hajnal
Toronto University, G8 Research Group