TRADE REPS TO GATHER IN SINGAPORE

WASHINGTON — U.S. Trade Representative Robert Zoellick will attend an informal meeting of trade ministers in Singapore this weekend to continue work on building a consensus for a new round of World Trade Organization talks in Qatar Nov. 9-13.
The U.S. and European Union are running up against the clock to gain a consensus on an agenda for a new round of global trade talks.
“We intend to take advantage of every opportunity to work constructively with other WTO members to craft these proposals into an acceptable agenda,” Zoellick said in a statement, noting that the U.S. will focus on “achieving progress’ on market access, transparency and trade facilitation.
Zoellick will then travel to Malaysia for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum meeting of foreign and trade ministers in Shanghai on Wednesday and Thursday, where he will be joined by Secretary of State Colin Powell and Secretary of Commerce Donald Evans. The President is scheduled to attend the APEC Leaders meeting Oct. 20-21.

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