NAIROBI, (CAJ News) – MEMBERS of the World Trade Organisation have agreed the process and structure of the Nairobi Ministerial Declaration set for Nairobi, Kenya in December.
At a meeting of all WTO members in Geneva, Switzerland, Director-General Roberto Azevêdo, presented the possible structure for the document.
The elements were based closely on the views expressed by members to the three facilitators appointed by the Director-General last month to consult with them on these issues (Ambassador Gabriel Duque of Colombia, Ambassador Harald Neple of Norway and Ambassador Stephen Karau of Kenya).
Both elements were accepted by the membership.
Azevêdo said the facilitators’ work had been helpful in setting out members’ views on the possible structure of the Ministerial Declaration.
“I listened very closely to members’ comments and I think that there are some shared views on the broad structure that the Declaration could take. This would be quite similar to the Bali Declaration, falling into three parts,” he said.
Firstly, they would have the introductory language, focusing on the importance of the multilateral trading system in the context of the WTO’s 20th anniversary.
The second part would cover the Nairobi deliverables which we are working separately to develop.
The third part would then look to our future work after Nairobi.
“I think that we should now begin a process of more focused discussions, following this structure,” Azevêdo said.
– CAJ News