Hon. E. P Chet Greene, Minister of Foreign Affairs is scheduled to lead a delegation on behalf of Antigua and Barbuda comprising of H.E Colin Murdoch, Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organization and Ms. Joy-Marie King, Director of International Trade and WTO Delegate to participate in the organisation’s 12th Ministerial Conference in Geneva Switzerland from 12th to 15th June 2022. CLICK HERE TO JOIN OUR WHATSAPP GROUP.
The conference will feature a series of intense negotiations on key priority issues including:
Concluding the Fisheries Subsidies Negotiations;
Work Programme on E-commerce and Moratorium on the application of customs duties on electronic transmissions;
Trade and Health, notably agreeing on a WTO response to COVID-19 and a waiver of certain aspect of The Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) to enable diversification of production of COVID-19 vaccines;
Global food crisis;
Addressing the challenges facing the multilateral trading system; and
Ministerial Declaration/Outcome Document.
According to Minister Greene, “this ministerial conference is one of the most critical in the organisation’s history given the plethora of threats facing the multilateral trading system, the existing geopolitical tensions, the global economic fallout from the COVID 19 pandemic and the internal challenges plaguing the WTO including its dispute settlement system and operating in the absence of a ministerial mandate to name a few”.
Minister Greene is expected to address the WTO membership on 12th June 2022. The 12th Ministerial Conference was initially scheduled for November 2021 but was rescheduled as a consequence of the COVID 19 pandemic.
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