14 Dec 2008

Australia urges one last effort on Doha

6:10 am on 14 December 2008

Australia is refusing to give up on the Doha round of trade talks despite another collapse in negotiations.

Trade Minister Simon Crean on Saturday said he was disappointed but remained hopeful.

The ABC reports he wants the World Trade Organisation to convene a ministerial level meeting on Doha before the end of 2008.

The Doha round began in 2001 and has gone through many trials and disputes. Its aim is to open up world trade to help the world's poorest nations.

Mr Crean says trade ministers need to meet again "to drive the process forward."

WTO head Pascal Lamy has abandoned attempts to restart the talks in Geneva before Christmas.

He told ambassadors on Friday that there is not enough consensus among major economies to call new ministerial talks on a trade deal.