, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 26 – Foreign Affairs and International Trade Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed has urged World Trade Organisation member countries to ratify the Trade Facilitation Agreement in order to pave way for the enforcement of the protocol before the organisation’s ministerial conference that will be held in Nairobi in December this year.
The CS says ratification of the agreement will be an important step in setting the stage for a successful conference in Nairobi.
“By the time of MC10, Kenya and Africa would like to see that members of the WTO have completed their domestic ratification processes and deposited their instruments of ratification with the WTO Director-General,” she stated.
“As host of the WTO Conference, I will communicate personally and directly with all WTO members, and reach out to African ministers in particular, with an appeal that they ratify before Nairobi.”
To facilitate the delivery of substantive outcomes during the 10th ministerial conference in Nairobi, the Cabinet Secretary stressed the need for consensus on a broad-based, balanced Post-Bali work programme that responds to the imperatives of the global economy by July.
The Cabinet Secretary was speaking in Davos, Switzerland, during the WTO informal mini-ministerial meeting hosted by the Swiss Federal Chancellor, Schneider Amman, and WTO Director, General Roberto Azevêdo.
She assured trade ministers attending the meeting that preparations are on top gear for the MC10 in Nairobi saying that all relevant government departments are fully engaged in order to ensure a successful conference.
“Our Mission in Geneva is fully engaged with other African missions and is working in full coordination with the WTO Secretariat Team – some of whom will be in Nairobi very soon – to engage with the Kenyan MC10 taskforce in the capital,” she said.