May 27, 2010
Intervention by the Delegation of the Republic of Indonesia at the Informal Gathering of WTO Ministers
Mr. Chairman, Ministers
- I would like to first of all express my highest appreciation to Minister Simon Crean for organising this important meeting and for inviting Indonesia.
- Indonesia has been one of the front-liners of the WTO Members who wants a swift conclusion of the Doha Development Round. We will continue to do so and lend our support to the meetings and processes that attempt to move the Round towards its earliest possible conclusion.
- Our meeting today marks an important step where the world hopes to be able to make a difference on the pace and future of the Doha negotiations. This kind of meeting would provide participants with a useful avenue to make frank assessments of the progress of negotiations, to clearly delineate the remaining gaps that need to be resolved, and to chart the best ways to move forward.
- Indonesia does not need to remind Members regarding the urgency of the matter. We should nevertheless have the same understanding and commitment regarding the level of political capital required to attain the conclusion of Doha.
- We cannot afford to continue neglecting the importance of keeping markets open and creating new market access. More importantly, we have to bear in mind the Doha mandate which acknowledges, since long time ago, the dire need of the developing countries for more market access opportunities.
- In Doha we came to realize the imperative of promoting security and sustainability of the human world, by maintaining the viability of economies of the developing world through trade expansion and poverty reduction. Let us not forget about this objective.
- Let me therefore reiterate the need to conclude the Doha Round quickly as requisite to make the WTO relevant for the future world trading system.
- Indonesia wants to see a rapid consensus emerge among us regarding the level of ambition, balance and landing zone that is acceptable to all sides. Political masters should be clear in giving direction to the negotiators on how to deal with these issues.
- With this in mind, Indonesia appeals to all Members – especially those who are present here in the room – to be pragmatic and realistic in framing our position and direct the negotiators in Geneva to quickly close the gaps of negotiations by continue working on the draft Modalities agreed in July and December 2008.
- The reflection made during the March stocktaking meeting should make us wiser and be more realistic regarding the deadline. On the other hand, we could not afford to have a relaxed attitude towards the negotiations that have at its stake the future of this globalized world and the plight of the poor.
- A collective responsibility rests upon us all. We should again resolve to maximize our engagement to constructively address the remaining gaps and take concrete actions to overcome any problems confronting us.
- Both the Geneva-based multilateral negotiation process as well as initiatives at the small group formats should continue.
- The multilateral process through the NG-Chairs’ led consultations and meetings would be expected to further address the outstanding technical issues in each negotiating area as well as provide the level of transparency and inclusiveness needed for the whole WTO membership. Indonesia is open to the idea of advancing work across the board as long as the sequence agreed in Hong Kong is respected.
- In parallel to the work at the negotiators’ level, small group (HODs and Senior Officials) meetings are needed to assess each progress of negotiations, verify size of the remaining gaps and discuss various possible ways out. Efforts to bring together renewed commitments at the political level through Ministerial engagements like the one that we are having today are also an important ingredient to the process forward.
- Bilateral and plurilateral talks are a complementary process to attain this level of maturity. Such talks should quickly resolve the lingering disagreements regarding the level of ambition and landing zone that will bring a right balance according to the Doha mandate. A horizontal process will be there when certain level of maturity is reached in various areas of negotiations, especially in agriculture and NAMA.
- Above all, the overall process of negotiation must remain multilateral and fully transparent.
Thank you, Mr. Chairman
Paris, 27 May 2010