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WTO Third Ministerial Conference 

President Clinton outlined his agenda for the new round of World Trade Organization negotiations in a speech to the Democratic Leadership Council on 10/13/99. The President's agenda reflects his five focuses:
-- expanding opportunities for agriculture;
-- opening markets for goods and services, including greater transparency in government procurement and fighting corruption;
-- continuing progress in the new industries of the future--e-commerce, the Internet, ITA;
-- putting a human face on the global economy with the focus on labor, environment, child labor, and more transparency in the WTO process; and
-- bringing formerly communist countries into the global trading system in a rules-based way that focuses on open trade, rule of law, transparency.
[11/24/99: White House Fact Sheet]; [12/01/99: White House Fact Sheet]
[12/01/99: White House Fact Sheet]

President Clinton, on December 2, 1999, signed the ILO Convention (C182) concerning the prohibition and immediate action for elimination of the worst forms of child labor.
[12/02/99: White House Fact Sheet]

U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright attested that international trade ..."fosters higher levels of economic interdependence, stimulates transnational dialogue, and nourishes the habit of settling differences peacefully, through legal arguments instead of lethal arms." [11/29/99: Welcoming Remarks]

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