Geneva, November 2009
November 29-December 3, 2009
8,182 miles total
United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk arrived in Geneva, Switzerland on November 29, 2009, for the 7th Session of the World Trade Organization Ministerial Conference. While in Geneva, Kirk met multilaterally with trade ministers from America's WTO partner economies, and held a number of meetings on the margins with key trading partners and blocs. The ministerial was not a formal negotiating session, but an opportunity to take stock of the global trading system and to discuss the importance of keeping markets open and beneficial trade flowing at this time of economic crisis.
Kirk addressed the opening plenary session of the ministerial on Monday, November 30 at the International Conference Centre Geneva, and participated in multilateral working sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday. Following the public closing conference of the ministerial meeting on Wednesday, Kirk held a news conference.