Abe Usung Climate Change at APEC Forum

Abe Usung Climate Change at APEC Forum

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will bring the issue of climate change and world trade liberalization, as well as seek partners from two issues that brought it to the forum APEC held in Sidney, Australia on 8-9 September.

Japan is keen to campaign on the climate change agenda will seek to lead the construction of a consensus on global warming and liberalization of world trade, Kyodo was quoted as saying by The Japan Times in Tokyo on Monday.

During the summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Sydney, Abe will strive to bring the 21 member economies to engage in the handling of greenhouse gas emissions reductions that are emphasized in the Kyoto Protocol.

Abe also realizes that the United States and China, the two largest emitters of gas emissions will be a crucial issue for the adoption of the Kyoto Protocol by all APEC members.

So far, Tokyo's approach has focused on building energy-saving technologies to balance the economic growth of developing countries that are also contributors to the world's pollution.

Environmental issues were brought by Japan following the Kyoto Protocol agreement and also the designation of the country as host for next year's G8 summit, where climate change is on the agenda.

During the APEC meeting later, both Abe, Foreign Minister Nobutaka Machimura and Trade Minister Akira Amari will work hard to build consensus among APEC member countries forums and WTO members.

Indonesia opposes

Meanwhile, on trade liberalization, Japan wants WTO member states to accelerate trade liberalization in the agricultural and goods sectors, based on two points, namely the agricultural sector negotiations and the draft agreement proposed by Crawford Falconer, Chairman of the WTO Agriculture Commission.

But a number of developing countries, including Indonesia and the Philippines, opposed the benefits of tariff cuts in the proposed industrial sector Don Stephenson, chair of market access negotiations in the non-agricultural sector.

In a ministerial-level meeting, Trade Minister Akira Amari will meet with trade delegate leaders to exchange views between developed and developing economies to discuss industry tariff reductions, while fighting for support from Indonesia and the Philippines."We want to send a message from APEC that it is not appropriate for some developing countries to continue to hold that maintaining low tariffs only through a reduction of tariff revenue," Amari said.

The Japanese delegation believes that low manufacturing tariffs will boost exports of developing countries and benefit from rising tariffs through market expansion among developing countries.

"Although low tariffs can reduce tax revenues, it will help increase trading volume, widening investment and encouraging tax cooperation which will further provide greater tax benefits," he said. (kpl /

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