ICC urges G8 to press for global trade accord

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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.

Putin assures ICC that global business concerns will be on G8 agenda

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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.