(AFP) – Mar 27, 2009
SANTIAGO (AFP) — Prime Minister Gordon Brown said Friday that next week's G20 summit should send a strong warning against protectionism, after meeting Chilean President Michelle Bachelet in Santiago.
"One of the messages that must come from next week's summit is that we will reject protectionist countries, we will monitor those countries and name and shame if necessary countries that are not following free trade practices," Brown said after meeting with Bachelet at Chile's presidential palace on the first official visit to Chile by a British premier.
"We will work to underpin the trading system of the world with additional resources so that trade credits are available," Brown added.
The WTO warned Thursday that governments had slipped into protectionist measures since January, warning that some stimulus packages to fight the global crisis tended to favor national companies.
Bachelet, who was later to host a clutch of world leaders and scores of policy makers at a two-day Progressive Governance conference in the Chilean seaside city Vina del Mar, also slammed protectionism and pushed for a multilateral response to the crisis.
"The international community has started to realize that we need global responses to problems that are also global," Bachelet said.
The leaders signed a bilateral higher education agreement, and were later due to join center-left leaders, including US Vice President Joe Biden, in Vina del Mar.
The Chile conference comes five days before the London meeting of the Group of 20 advanced and developing nations on the burgeoning global economic crisis.
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