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H.K. to host next WTO ministerial conference.

HONG KONG, Oct. 21 Kyodo

A General Council meeting of the World Trade Organization (WTO) has unanimously decided that Hong Kong will host the global trade body's sixth ministerial conference, the Hong Kong government said Tuesday.

''We are very pleased that Hong Kong's offer to host the next ministerial conference has been accepted by the WTO membership. This is a strong vote of confidence in Hong Kong,'' said Commerce, Industry and Technology Secretary John Tsang.

''It is also a reflection of the WTO membership's appreciation of Hong Kong's constructive and active participation in the organization,'' Tsang said in a statement.

The timing of the next WTO ministerial meeting will have to be worked out with reference to progress to be made in the next few months in Geneva, and the wishes of the organization's members, the Hong Kong government said.

Last month, the WTO's fifth ministerial conference in Mexico aimed at devising a road map for global trade collapsed without an accord due to bitter disagreement between rich and poor countries.
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