Trade an opportunity – not a problem says business leader

  • 15 December 2003

Interviewed on BBC television today, ICC Secretary General Maria Livanos Cattaui today called on governments to put posturing and rhetoric aside and work together for a successful Doha round trade agreement.

Speaking on BBC World a few hours before a key meeting of World Trade Organizations governments in Geneva, Ms Cattaui said that developing countries especially should understand that “trade is an opportunity, not a problem”.

She said that, contrary to media reports, the WTO had been making progress. ICC national committees around the world were approaching governments, country by country, calling on them to exert the political will to advance the negotiations.

ICC has called on WTO members to focus on the following priorities to relaunch the round: