Speaking to a high-level meeting between business and ministers at the World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial in Bali this morning, Victor K. Fung, Chairman of the ICC World Trade Agenda initiative, urged business to continue pressing their governments to conclude an agreement on trade facilitation in the next three days.
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ICC Honorary Chairman Victor K Fung delivered one of the opening addresses at the ICC World Trade Agenda Summit held on 22 April 2013 in Doha, Qatar. "In my view, there is no better system for stimulating growth and sharing prosperity than a fair, open, inclusive trading system – that which was envisioned at the WTO’s inception," Mr Fung, who is Chair of the ICC Business World Trade Agenda initiative, told delegates. His full speech can be read below:
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