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LAHORE, April 15 (APP)- The 31st Ministerial meeting of Cairns Group, an unmbrellea organization of agriculture exporting countries of world, being held in Lahore from April 16-18, will formally welcome Latin American country, Peru into its fold.
Australian Trade Minister, Warren Truss will open the moot while Federal Commerce Minister, Humayun Akhtar will present the address of welcome.
According to Commerce Ministry sources, the commerce and trade ministers from the member countries of the group will participate in the moot which will discuss the key issues in the agriculture negotiations, including Tropical Products.
The Cairns Group, a coalition of developed and developing countries from Latin America, Africa and the Asia-Pacific region, has been an influential voice in the agricultural reform debate since its formation in 1986 and has continued to play a key role in pressing the WTO membership to meet in full the far-reaching mandate set in Doha.
Besides the Cairns Group, Special invitations have been extended to WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy, United States Trade Representative Ms. Susan C. Schwab, United States Secretary of Agriculture Johanns, EU Trade Commissioner, Peter Mandelson and EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Fischer Boel.
The members of the group are: Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Paraguay, the Philippines, Peru, South Africa, Thailand and Uruguay.