Published On: Fri, Oct 9th, 2015

WTO upbeat ahead of key Kenya conference

Roberto finNAIROBI, (CAJ News) – THE Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Roberto Azevêdo, is hopeful of successful deliberations at the organisation’s upcoming Ministerial Conference to be held in Kenya.

The event, which is the tenth edition, will be held in Nairobi from December 15-18.

“Through the various consultations over recent weeks I think members have identified a road to success in Nairobi,” said Azevêdo.

“Clearly there are many obstacles along the way, but none in my view are insurmountable. I think we have a general sense of what may be on the table in terms of substantive deliverables — though it is not a closed package, or a sure package.”

The Director-General also asked members to look beyond Nairobi.

He pointed to differences in members’ positions on the future of the Doha Development Agenda (DDA).

DDA is the current trade-negotiation round of the WTO, which commenced in November 2001 under then director-general Mike Moore.

Its objective is to lower trade barriers around the world, and thus facilitate increased global trade.

“Clearly these views will be extremely difficult to reconcile. However, I think we cannot disregard important commonalities when thinking about the way ahead,” said Azevêdo.

– CAJ News

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