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Kuala Lumpur: Organisasi Perdagangan Dunia (WTO) menjangkakan Agenda Perbangunan Doha atau Perbincangan Doha dapat dimuktamadkan dalam masa terdekat apabila ahlinya mula menunjukkan keterbukaan untuk menerima isi kandungan dalam perbincangan itu yang tertangguh sejak 2008 di Doha.

WTO yang dianggotai 161 negara termasuk Malaysia antara ahli yang terbabit dalam Agenda Pembangunan Doha bagi membincangkan pelbagai isu dagangan antarabangsa antaranya akses pasaran, perundangan WTO, isu pembangunan, kemudahan dagangan dan perkara lain. Namun, ia ditangguhkan pada 2008 apabila terdapat beberapa perkara yang tidak dipersetujui ahlinya.

Ketua Pengarahnya, Roberto Azevedo berkata, sikap keterbukaan yang semakin baik dan meningkat dalam kalangan negara ahli membolehkan beberapa perkara tidak dipersetujui dapat dimuktamadkan.

Beliau berkata, namun, jangkaan tempoh masa atau sasaran untuk memuktamadkan agenda itu tidak dapat diunjurkan buat masa ini.

“Sejak saya menyertai organisasi ini dua tahun lalu, tidak ada perbincangan mengenai perkara ini. Kini mereka mungkin sudah keluar dari zon selesa dan ingin mencari kata sepakat untuk memuktamadkan agenda berkenaan.

“Perkara utama menjadi tumpuan saya dalam perbincangan ini adalah kemampuan untuk melaksanakannya serta bukan kesempurnaan atau apa yang diinginkan oleh semua pihak,” katanya selepas sesi perkongsian maklumat WTO di sini, semalam.

Hadir sama, Menteri Perdagangan Antarabangsa dan Industri, Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed. Kehadiran Roberto ke Malaysia sempena lawatan kerjanya di negara ini selama dua hari bermula 19 hingga 20 Mei ini.

Sementara itu, Mustapa berkata, penyertaan Malaysia di dalam WTO memberi manfaat apabila organisasi itu menyediakan persekitaran dagangan yang boleh dijangkakan dan telus dalam kalangan negara ahlinya.

“WTO adalah satu-satunya badan antarabangsa yang menguruskan isu dagangan antara negara, menyediakan rangka kerja bagi tujuan perjanjian dagangan serta menyelesaikan pelbagai masalah dagangan dunia,” katanya.

KUALA LUMPUR, 19 Mei (Bernama) — Ketua Pengarah Pertubuhan Perdagangan Dunia (WTO) Roberto Azevedo yakin Rundingan Doha 2008 dapat dimuktamadkan tidak lama lagi memandangkan negara anggota mula menunjukkan tanda-tanda penerimaan agenda yang dibincangkan.

Tanpa menyatakan sasaran khusus, beliau berkata kini negara anggota lebih bersikap terbuka antara satu sama lain berbanding dua tahun lalu.

“Semasa saya menyertai organisasi ini dua tahun lepas, tidak ada langsung perbualan mengenai semua ini. Sekarang mereka telah keluar dari zon selesa dan dalam mod mencari penyelesaian.

“Ya, memang sangat sukar namun saya percaya ia boleh dicapai dan saya rasa kami kini dalam anjakan objektif daripada mendapatkan ‘perjanjian terbaik’ kepada ‘yang boleh’,” katanya kepada pemberita selepas menyampaikan syarahan ‘Faedah dan Kepentingan WTO kepada Perdagangan Antarabangsa dan Pembangunan Anggota’, di sini hari ini.

Syarahan bersempena lawatan kerja dua hari beliau ke Malaysia bermula hari ini turut dihadiri Menteri Perdagangan Antarabangsa dan Industri Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed.

Rundingan Doha merupakan pusingan rundingan perniagaan semasa WTO yang bermula pada November 2001 di bawah ketua pengarah WTO pada masa itu Mike Moore, dengan matlamat menurunkan halangan perdagangan di seluruh dunia bagi mempermudah peningkatan perdagangan global.

Bagaimanapun rundingan itu tertangguh sejak 2008 berikutan ketidaksefahaman dalam isu utama seperti pertanian, halangan tarif dan bukan tarif industri, perkhidmatan dan penyelesaian perdagangan.

Azevedo berkata rundingan Doha mesti diselesaikan dalam masa terdekat kerana WTO tidak boleh menunggu untuk satu tempoh yang lama sekali lagi bagi mengadakan perjanjian pelbagai hala seterusnya.

“Apa yang saya tekankan dalam rundingan ini ialah yang boleh dilakukan. Ayuh kita lakukan apa yang boleh dilakukan pada masa ini, bukan yang terbaik atau yang diingini,” katanya.

– BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR: The World Trade Organisation (WTO) is not seeking “perfection” in the current round of talks, only what is “doable.”

Director general Roberto Azevedo told a media briefing here on Wednesday that it was pushing for “doability” rather than perfection for the Doha Round of trade negotiations in the hope that it would be concluded in the foreseeable future.

“Let’s go for what is doable; let’s not go for what is perfect or for what is desirable. Instead let’s go for what can be done at this point in time,” he said.

“I think that the message is resonating and members are beginning to engage on that basis at this point in time.”

Azevedo, a Brazilian, is on a two-day working visit in the country where he will pay a courtesy call to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and participate in a roundtable session organised by the Institute of Strategic and International Studies Malaysia on “The Role of the WTO for the Future”.

The Doha Round, or the Doha Development Agenda, was launched in 2001 and seeks to achieve a global agreement to cut tax and non-tariff barriers on international trade.

It is to specifically address the marginalisation of least-developed countries in international trade and to improve their participation in the multilateral trading system.

However, negotiations faced a stand-off from protectionist disputes between rich and poor countries.

The Bali package, which was agreed in December 2013, proved a catalyst and a step-forward for the Doha Round.

It delivered outcomes from streamlining customs procedures globally to advancing disciplines and commitments on some agricultural issues, to new support mechanisms and generating new opportunities for the poorer countries.

“It has to be in the foreseeable future. We can’t afford to wait another 18 years to deliver the next multilateral agreement. We have to do it quicker and faster,” he said.

“At the end of the day, if we cannot do it, members have to realise that we cannot do it and then look at what we can do in the presence of the impossibility of concluding the Doha Round,” Azevedo added.

He said it was not in WTO’s interest to maintain the previous status quo.

“I am positive at this point in time with the perspective that members have changed the way they had been engaging. They are talking to each other, which is something they were not doing before.

“Now they are talking to each other, they are getting out of their comfort zones, they are in a solution-finding mode. Is it going to be difficult? Yes, it is going to be extremely difficult, but it is possible. We are moving now from an objective of trying to get a perfect deal to now getting the possible deal,” he said.

The WTO currently has 161 members, accounting for 97% of global trade.

Meanwhile, International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed said Asean economic ministers had agreed to reconvene the Asean Trade Facilitation Joint Consultative Committee.

Apart from addressing trade barriers in intra-Asean trade, the committee will likely be putting work programmes together assist Asean members in implementing the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement.

“We might be the fifth country to rectify the Trade Facilitation Agreement. Also, we have our own trade facilitation agenda and that’s moving fine,” he said.

KUALA LUMPUR, April 28 (Bernama) — The Performance Management and Delivery Unit (PEMANDU) has played a crucial role in attracting more investments, said International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed.

“We have done very well in investments, we surpassed our RM148 million per annum target,” he said after the launching of the Government Transformation Programme and Economic Transformation Programme 2014 Annual Report in Kuala Lumpur, Tuesday.

PEMANDU, which introduced the programmes, also monitors their progress.

“Compared to before, the situation is more orderly, systematic and efficient, through the transformation brought about by the programmes,” Mustapa said.

Among others, he said, the government has introduced a number of projects that have resulted in 1.5 million jobs being created, important to young people and enabling the country to achieve full employment.

Kuala Lumpur, 1 April 2015 - Chemical Company of Malaysia Berhad (CCM) was the sole and honoured recipient of the Halal Excellence Award 2015 presented by the Halal Industry Development Corporation (HDC) today. The award marks another meaningful acknowledgement for CCM’s continued commitment to Halal for more than 15 years.

The Minister of International Trade and Industry, YB Dato’ Sri Mustapa Mohamed presented the award at the prestigious World Halal Conference Appreciation Dinner. The Halal Excellence Award is an esteemed award in the Halal industry introduced to honour and recognise both individuals and organisations that have demonstrated exceptional contributions and achievements for the development of the overall Halal industry.

CCM, one of Malaysia’s top 20 GLCs, takes its role in championing Halal seriously and has been actively involved in the development of the world’s first Halal pharmaceutical standards, and subsequently voluntarily coming forward to be tested for Halal compliance according to the stringent criteria within the standards.

At the award presentation ceremony, En Leonard Ariff Abdul Shatar, Group Managing Director, explained that CCM’s approach to Halal is taken as the company’s aspiration to perform the fardhkifayah (collective obligation/duty) by making available Halal products to everyone worldwide and also to champion the cause to uplift the Halal standards and awareness worldwide.

“We are humbled and greatly privileged to receive this highly prestigious award. This year marks our 16 years of commitment to Halal made possible by our staff’s support and dedication,” said said En Leonard upon receiving the award.

“This is more than just an award to us, it is a meaningful acknowledgement of our commitment and efforts to continuously uplift the awareness of Halal globally. We are thankful for the opportunity to have worked alongside various catalysts within the Halal industry, especially HDC, to champion such a meaningful cause,” he added.

The Halal Excellence Award 2015 is another feather in the cap for CCM as it continues its trailblazing path in the global Halal pharmaceutical sector. In early 2013, CCM was acknowledged by the Malaysia Book of Records as the first company in the world to have received Halal certification by the world’s first Halal Pharmaceutical Standards, MS2424. The company voluntarily took on the more exacting criteria within MS2424:2012 when it was launched, to demonstrate Halal compliance. CCM has also been awarded the MS User Awards from Standards Malaysia in 2014 and 2011, the Best Corporate Responsibility Project 2009 at World Halal Forum and Best Halal Product 2009 at Malaysian Halal Excellence Award.

CCM’s involvement in Halal started in 1999 when it became the first company to receive Halal certification for its range of health supplements under the brands CHAMPS, Flavettes, Proviton and Naturallebased on MS1500 Standard on Halal Food. Today, the company has set industry standards by having its own Halal Committee, and has received numerous awards from the global Halal industry. The company applies the inclusive concept of Halal Toyyibanto all aspects of its operations, in all its divisions, where Halal is built in, and not tested for. Its Chemicals Division became the first ISO 9002 certified chemical company that obtained the prestigious ‘Halal Malaysia’ certification for its manufactured Chlor-alkali & Coagulant products in South East Asia in 2004. Additionally, its subsidiary CCM Fertilizers Sdn Bhd was certified with the MS1900 Quality Management System from Islamic Perspective in 2014.

The Halal Excellence Award was presented at the World Halal Conference 2015, a global conference that merges the scholars, industry captains, and the best minds in the Halal industry to harness the full potential within the Halal industry within a globalised environment.

About Chemical Company of Malaysia Berhad (CCM)

CCM, Malaysia’s largest generic pharmaceutical and compound fertilizers manufacturer, is listed on the main market of Bursa Malaysia and is a key player in the fertilizers, chemicals and pharmaceuticals industries. CCM turned 50 in 2013, celebrating five decades of commitment to enhancing the quality of life for all Malaysians. As CCM forges ahead, the Group will continue to strive for innovation and empower its employees in order to ensure product quality and customer satisfaction for years to come.

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