Minister Ng Concludes Profitable Assembly of the Ottawa Group on WTO Reform
A rules-based multilateral buying and selling system, with the World Commerce Group (WTO) at its coronary heart, is crucial to make sure a sustainable and inclusive international financial restoration from the COVID-19 pandemic.
At present, the Honorable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Enterprise, Export Promotion and Worldwide Commerce, led an Ottawa Group assembly the place ministers mentioned the progress of reform efforts of WTO and recognized the principle priorities for the 12e WTO Ministerial Convention (CM12) and past.
Ministers welcomed the not too long ago appointed WTO Director-Common, Ms. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, who joined the assembly to share her priorities on WTO reform and dealing with the Group of Ministers. ‘Ottawa.
UK Secretary of State for Worldwide Commerce Liz Truss additionally attended the assembly, the primary time a UK minister has joined the Ottawa Group.
Throughout the dialogue on the three pillars of WTO reform – negotiations, dispute settlement and transparency and monitoring, ministers pressured the significance of working shortly to interrupt the impasse of the Appellate Physique , conclude negotiations on fisheries subsidies, advance work on joint assertion initiatives, together with home regulation of providers and digital commerce by MC12. Ministers additionally agreed to advance efforts in well being, agriculture, atmosphere, transparency, commerce and gender.
Minister Ng additionally led a dialogue on subsequent steps Ottawa Group COVID-19 Motion Plan the place she inspired additional concrete motion below the Ottawa Group Well being Commerce Initiative, which goals to strengthen international provide chains and facilitate commerce in important medicines and medical provides . Ministers mentioned increasing help for the initiative via engagement with broader WTO Members on the difficulty.
Ministers additionally agreed on the significance for the Ottawa Group to have interaction with all WTO members, together with United States Commerce Consultant (USTR) Katherine Tai.