Mexico City, Dec 2 (EFE).- Mexican Economy Secretary Ildefonso Guajardo will attend the 9th World Trade Organization Ministerial Conference, which will take place this week in Bali, Indonesia, and will hold meetings with seven of his counterparts, the Economy Secretariat said Monday.
The ministerial conference, the WTO's highest decision-making organ, starts Tuesday and ends on Friday, with officials expected to reach a series of agreements, including one to ease trade rules, the secretariat said in a statement.
Ministers from 159 WTO member states will try to reach agreement on agricultural and development issues, focusing on less developed countries, the secretariat said.
The ministers will attempt to set "guidelines for pursuing negotiations on the remaining issues on the agenda of the Doha Round (post-Bali)," ranging from access to goods and services in markets to improved rules on unfair trade and non-tariff barriers, the Economy Secretariat said.
Yemen is slated to join the WTO in Bali and the ministers are expected to make decisions on electronic trade and intellectual property, as well as on a working plan for small economies, trade assistance and technology transfer.
Guajardo plans to meet one-on-one with his counterparts from Australia, Canada, Costa Rica, the United States, Israel, Italy, New Zealand and Britain, discussing the state of trade relations, the secretariat said. EFE
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Original headline: Mexican economy secretary to attend WTO meeting in Bali
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