Trade Ministers of the Andean Community wish to reiterate their Member
States' full support for the multilateral trading system and express
their backing to the activities being undertaken by the Director-
General of the World Trade Organization to launch a new Round of
Multilateral Trade Negotiations at the Fourth Ministerial Conference
which will take place between November 9 and 13 of the present year in
the city of Doha, Qatar.
objectives of this new round of multilateral trade negotiations must
be the development, creation of employment opportunities, and
improvement in the standards of living of its members, through the
progressive liberalization of trade in goods and services.
the Andean Community, one of the negotiations' key issues is Special
and Differential Treatment, that encompasses much more than longer
implementation periods and allows Members to maintain indefinitely
some production policy instruments effectively applied in each
cooperation is an essential element of Special and Differential
Treatment. Furthermore, it is necessary to link trade liberalization
topics with development funding to afford the modernization of the
productive base and human resource training, in order to increase the
export base of developing countries and to reap the benefits of trade
new Round must benefit all Members and contribute to the reduction in
existing differences in levels of development.