Statement by Minister of Trade of Indonesia. H.E. Mrs. Mari Pangestu, at the G-20 Ministerial Meeting

November 29, 2009 Trade/WTO

Thank you Minister Amorim,

Let me begin my intervention by expressing sincere appreciation to the Government of Brazil for convening this Meeting at this very important juncture. My appreciation also goes to you, Minister Amorim, for your able chairmanship that has been keeping the G-20 at the forefront in promoting development mandate of the Doha Round.

I fully endorse your assessment on the latest state of play. We have seen several high level gatherings in an attempt to give political boost to the Doha negotiation. The challenge we face now is to translate those political commitments into new negotiating positions in Geneva. To answer this, I believe, we need leadership, true engagement and flexibilities from developed countries.

As major trading countries, developed Members have capacity and yet responsibility to revive the Doha Development Round by showing leadership and flexibilities. Since developed countries are accountable for distortion in global agricultural trade, they should be at the frontline to pursue substantial reduction of trade-distortive domestic support as well as elimination of export subsidies.

Stating that what is on the plate is not sufficient enough to satisfy domestic constituents, is not constructive, especially after eight years of negotiations. The latest Draft Modalities have reflected already a delicate balance of interests among Members.

To this end, re-opening the mandate is simply not the avenue if we are sincere to conclude the Round in 2010.

Minister Amorim and G-20 colleagues,

G-20 has incrementally played a key role in the Doha negotiations process. We never see such an active role from developing countries during the Uruguay Round. Because of its heterogeneity, the G-20 has also emerged as a middle-ground group. I believe the G-20, under your chairmanship, could continue this important and constructive role.

2010 has been spelled out as our target to conclude the Round. We need to prepare our Group to that end game. Therefore, cohesiveness and solidarity among us is paramount importance.

I do recognize that among developing Members might have different interests. However, this should not turn our attention from the Group’s common objective, which is to place development interest at the heart of the Doha Round.

Our efforts should be focused on dismantling trade-distortive measures in developed countries. In fact, during the course of eight years, developing Members have offered constant accommodation and flexibilities. It is time now for developed Members to show their leadership and flexibilities.

To conclude, it is not an easy task to achieve our common objective. Therefore, Indonesia lends its confidence to you, Minister Amorim, for keeping the unity and the solidarity of the Group and to fight for the development mandate of this Round. Indonesia is more than ready to actively engage and participate in the Group’s undertaking under your chairmanship.

I thank you.


Geneva, 29 November 2009