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Ambassador Kirk at CAIRNS Group Ministerial

06/08/2009 - 9:42am

U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk landed in Bali, Indonesia yesterday to join the Cairns Group, 19 agricultural exporting countries, for the 33rd Annual Ministerial Meeting.

While in Bali, Ambassador Kirk is attending various sessions and bilateral meetings with Cairns Group members and other attendees, including trade and agriculture ministers from Australia, Canada, Japan, Indonesia, New Zealand, and other nations.

The Cairns Group contains Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, South Africa, Thailand, and Uruguay. The Group was formed in August 1986 to ensure that agricultural trade issues would be given a high priority in multilateral trade negotiations.