Even at this desperately late hour, a good deal can be struck in the Doha round of multilateral trade talks if G8 leaders intensify their diplomatic efforts, the International Chamber of Commerce said today in its annual statement on behalf of the world business community to the heads of state and government who will attend the G8 summit.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin, who will host the G8 Summit in St. Petersburg next week, met yesterday with International Chamber of Commerce Chairman Marcus Wallenberg to discuss world business priorities, including the critical state of the Doha trade round.
Text of ICC Chairman Jean-René Fourtou's closing address to the ICC 35th World Congress, delivered Wednesday 9 June, 2004.
A worldwide poll of business leaders has found widespread dissatisfaction among companies with the slow pace of progress in world trade talks and the lack of political leadership being shown on the issue.