, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 15 – President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday challenged delegates meeting in Nairobi for global trade talks to rise to the occasion and leave with solid agreements that will guarantee a more open trading platform in the world.
Opening the 10th Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organisation, President Kenyatta pledged Africa’s commitment to the full implementation of deals that are struck during the week-long meeting.
“As we look forward to the next 20 years of collective effort to build prosperity, we should get encouraged from the achievements of the WTO,” he said.
“Africa and indeed the whole world eagerly await the completion of a framework for a new order of sustainable development. That ambition, which once seems distant, is now within reach given the singular achievement as multilateral community that we have seen in this year.”
He noted that following previous global meetings, already the world has agreed on major measures in eliminating challenges facing humanity.
Other than developmental talks, President Kenyatta said the delegates should come up with lasting solutions on insecurity, instability and inequality.
He said the World Trade Organisation has so far helped boost international trade, resolve dispute among members and support the developing countries.
“The growing membership of the organisation, it’s a strong endorsement of its continued relevance’s,” he said.
He cautioned that lack of adequate economic opportunities, “Is a leading driver of social as well as political instability which also help drive extremism and violence.”
He said the deliberations of the conference must be focused in unlocking the economic potential of the more than 100 countries involved.
The Secretary General of the UN Conference on Trade and Development Mukhisa Kituyi also urged delegates to ensure success at the week-long talks.
The opening ceremony was attended by Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Uganda Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda and over 6,000 delegates.
“In this few days, you all can play a role in contributing to a world we all want, to an Africa we all want, to a WTO that we all want,” President Sirleaf said.