I am pleased to welcome everyone, especially our distinguished speakers, to this most important conference. Our purpose is to discuss ways of maintaining the post-World War II multilateral trading system between the United States and its economic parters, the OECD and the developing world. The Uruguay Round multilateral trade negotiations have given the international community a forum to thoroughly examine the possibility of brining all international trade under a common multilateral trading system, unencumbered by barriers and national interests. The liberalization of trade in services and the protection of industrial and intellectual property rights are an essential part of the Uruguay Round. As you know, important breakthroughs have been accomplished at the Montreal midterm meeting with respect to services. Further, discussions on trade-related intellectual property issues took place.
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