On May 28, 2012, Premier Wen Jiabao met with Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Pascal Lamy in the National Conference Center on the sidelines of the first Beijing International Fair for Trade in Services (CIFTIS), or Beijing Fair.
Wen said the holding of Beijing Fair reflects China upholds the concept of openness and cooperation and puts it into action, adding it is of great significance to supporting the international community to address the financial crisis.
Wen said that the promotion of trade liberalization is necessary at the difficult moment of world economy, which will accelerate the global economic growth and increase employment opportunities. China is an observer as well as a promoter of international free trade rules. The Chinese government will work together with WTO to promote the Doha Round negotiations, he added.
Lamy said that the service sector has accounted for a growing proportion of the world economy. The international community would like to see China play a leading role in promoting trade in services. By holding Beijing Fair, China has released a strong signal of promoting world economic recovery, supporting trade liberalization process and adhering to reform and opening up to the outside world. Lamy thanked the Chinese side for actively participating in the Doha Round negotiations, holding that the international community should enhance confidence and make unremitting efforts together.
Secretary of the CPC Beijing Municipal Committee Liu Qi, Minister of Commerce Chen Deming and Beijing Mayor Guo Jinlong among others attended the meeting.