The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Vice President for International Economic Affairs Frank Vargo issued the following trade commentary regarding the Paris meeting of trade ministers this week to discuss the Doha Round:
The only way that a balanced Doha Round outcome that benefits all nations – including the United States, but especially including the least developed countries – can be obtained is if U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk and his negotiating team make it plain that the United States will settle for nothing less. The U.S. has been the primary force for global liberalization in all previous rounds of global trade negotiations, and that role now falls to Ambassador Kirk in the Doha Round. In Paris this week, Ambassador Kirk stood firm, saying “The real question is whether India and Brazil and China are ready to assume a role and responsibility commensurate with their benefits that have been realized under global liberalization…We can talk around it, but that’s the only way this is going to happen.” The NAM agrees, and believes this is the only way a successful Doha Round is possible. We appreciate Ambassador Kirk’s clear and determined position, which has led to a growing number of WTO members beginning to support the U.S. view.