U.S. must build new trade team for Doha success: Lamy

Pascal Lamy, Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), attends a session at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos in this January 31, 2009 file photo. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

BERLIN (Reuters) - It is important for the United States under President Barack Obama to set up a new trade team for the Doha round of trade talks to succeed, World Trade Organization chief Pascal Lamy said on Thursday.

Speaking to reporters in the German capital, he said he did not know how long it would take for the United States to “get its act together on trade policy,” adding it was crucial for the success of the Doha round that the United States was on board.

Lamy also said the global trade situation was “pretty terrible.” He was speaking after meeting German Economy Minister Michael Glos.

Asked whether he saw any protectionist moves under way, Lamy said: “There is a bit of that. Nothing dramatic.

“But there is a bit of that which we have tracked in a report which I gave to the members of the WTO ten days ago which we will discuss in the WTO next Monday,” he said.

Reporting by Dave Graham; Editing by Charles Dick