Indonesia will host the G-33 Ministerial Meeting


The Government of the Republic of Indonesia will host a G-33[1] Ministerial Meeting on 11th and 12th June 2004 at the Borobudur Hotel, Jakarta. A Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) will precede the Ministerial meeting on 10th June 2005. Ministers from 42 developing countries from Asia, Africa, South and Central America have been invited. The Director General of the WTO elect, Chairperson of the General Council of the WTO, and Chairman of the Committee on Agriculture in Special Session of the WTO have also been invited as special guests to the meeting. The Minister of Trade of the Republic of Indonesia as coordinator of the G-33 will Chair the meeting, while the delegation of the Republic of Indonesia will be lead by the Minister of Agriculture.
 The G-33 is an alliance of 42 developing countries with the majority of the worldâ??s small vulnerable resource-poor farmers across the continents. The G-33 is of the view that imbalances in the current WTO agreement on agriculture have lead to inequities in agriculture trade much to the disadvantage of poor farmers in developing countries. The Group believes that WTO trade negotiations should contribute meaningfully to reverse the worsening trend of food insecurity, rural poverty and rural development in the developing world towards a sustainable agriculture development. For this reasons, the G-33 has been striving to ensure that developing members attain the necessary flexibilities, which will allow them to protect their resource-poor farmers from the negative effects of liberalization, such as exemption from tariff reduction for agriculture products, which are considered to be strategic, and a special safeguard mechanism that can protect against import surges.
 The Ministerial meeting is a follow-up from the G-33 Ministers informal breakfast gathering held during the Asian-African Conference on 23 April 2005 in Jakarta. The G-33 Ministerial meeting is intended to provide an opportunity for Ministers to meet, to see how the G-33 could strengthen its coordination, strategy, positions, and to further contribute, to the negotiation process in the WTO, as it move into the final stages, toward the WTO VI Ministerial Meeting in Hong Kong, China in December 2005.
 The G-33 Ministerial meeting is timely, as it is being held one month before the WTO membersâ?? agreed deadline for a first approximation of the modalities to be achieved at the Sixth Ministerial Conference, which is July 2005.
 Ministers will discuss a range of issues related to the agriculture negotiations at the WTO, special products and special safeguard mechanism, and the Groupâ??s future strategy and targets. Ministers will also have a discussion and exchange of views with the special guests on the latest development of the negotiations at the WTO. They are expected to agree on a Ministerial Communiqué, which will provide a political guidance for the G-33 in the negotiations towards the WTO VI Ministerial Meeting in Hong Kong, China in December 2005.
 Jakarta, 8 June 2005

[1] MEMBER OF THE G33: Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Benin, Botswana, China, Congo, Coted'Ivoire, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Jamaica, Kenya, Republic of Korea, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mongolia, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Senegal, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Uganda, Venezuela, Zambia, and Zimbabwe