Friday, 11 December 2015

Gear Up for the 10th WTO Ministerial Conference, Nairobi, 2015

Gear Up for the 10th WTO Ministerial Conference, Nairobi, 2015Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amb. Amina Mohamed has advised African countries to join hands in pushing for efficacious and constructive outcomes at the WTO Ministerial Conference - dubbed MC10 - that will be held in Nairobi in December, 2015.  

At the same time, the Cabinet Secretary said the WTO Conference in Nairobi, the first in the African continent, is an historic opportunity for Africa to instil the African perspective in determining the future of international trade through a fully functioning multilateral trading system. Amb. Amina Mohamed called on African countries to work together towards an outcome that has a strong developmental component for the continent adding that an efficacious outcome should include a Nairobi work programme that is realistic, balanced and that also modernizes the WTO negotiating agenda.  

“The work programme would need to include agriculture, comprising an outcome on cotton; an understanding on food security; services; NAMA; trade and environment; fisheries subsidies; an expanded information technology agreement and a package for LDCs,” said the Cabinet Secretary.  

"MY MINISTRY IS COMMITTED TO ENSURING THAT ALL PREPARATORY AND RELATED LOGISTICAL MEASURES ARE PUT IN PLACE TO MAKE YOUR STAY IN KENYA A MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE. "  

Amb. Amina Mohamed has also emphasized on the prominence of the Trade Facilitation Agreement and urged African countries to work together to ensure it comes into force in Nairobi during MC10. Noting that MC10 was only a few weeks away, Amb. Amina Mohamed stressed that parties’ to the WTO negotiations can no longer afford to keep on discussing issues in general terms. “It is time to begin talking concretely about the details of a possible outcome through text-based negotiations.

Africa should collectively front proposals which are doable, pragmatic and manageable,” said Amb. Amina Mohamed.   The WTO is an international intergovernmental organization dealing with the formulation and implementation of international trade rules. It also deals with the arbitration of trade disputes between its Members. Read More...

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