Indonesia Sees ‘Signals’ of Progress at WTO Talks
GENEVA ~ Indonesia’s trade minister said on Wednesday that she had seen “coded signals” that key players in WTO trade talks here were ready to make new offers to reach a final deal.
“I have to be cautiously optimistic (about progress). There were coded signals – some evidence was there yesterday, even though they were not putting explicit offers on the table,” said Mari Elka Pangestu of a ministerial meeting.
Pangestu, who speaks for the G33 group of developing countries, added that it was “not just the US or Europe” but that “it’s what we call the major countries.”
Asked specifically if a move were expected from India, whose Commerce Minister Kamal Nath made his delayed appearance on Wednesday after his government survived a confidence vote, she would only reply “possibly.”Filed under: The Nation