WTO urges member states` parliaments to use political influence

WTO urges member states` parliaments to use political influence

Karl Brauner. (wto.org)

WTO is open to criticism including complaints about the green room, whose members are elected ambiguously and secretly."
Kuta, Bali (ANTARA News) - The World Trade Organizations (WTO) Deputy Director General Karl Brauner has appealed to the parliaments of member states to use their political influence during the WTO ministerial conference, which will be held in Bali from Dec. 3 to 6.

"I hope that your parliament will use its political influence here," he said at the WTO parliament conference in Kuta, Bali, on Monday.

Under the leadership of Director General Roberto Azevedo, the WTO had ensured a transparent discussion on international trade policies, he said.

"WTO is open to criticism including complaints about the green room, whose members are elected ambiguously and secretly," Brauner stated.

He further added that such patterns had been abandoned. "Any time we hold a discussion, we involve 200 people by showcasing concepts transparently and allowing them to review any revision word by word."

The pattern of interaction among the WTO members in the past was not as good as now.

"Those sitting in the WTO in Geneva work hard every day. We work even on Saturdays and Sundays," Brauner stated.

It is very likely that the WTO ministerial conference will agree to poor countries demand of being allowed to export and import different commodities, except armaments.

The four-day WTO parliament conference, which will open on Tuesday, will be attended by 163 lawmakers and researchers from member countries. ***1***

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