“I believe Nairobi offers a unique opportunity that we must seize” - Amina Mohamed
The 10th Ministerial Conference was officially opened by President Uhuru Kenyatta, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the Director General of WTO Roberto Azevêdo and the Cabinet Secretary for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Amb Amina Mohamed at Kenyatta International Convention Centre in Nairobi.
Drawing on the gains made in Paris last week at the UN Climate Change conference, MC10 delegates were called on to make decisions that will positively impact Africa and Least Developed Countries (LDCs), 33 of which are in Africa.
President Uhuru Kenyatta remarked on the importance of the conference for the economic transformation of Africa and the world. “The world will change for the better from an Africa that trades more goods and services with more markets,” he stated.
Both Director General Roberto Azevêdo and Amb Amina Mohamed highlighted key areas of discussion at the conference which include favourable agricultural policies and advocating for the ratification of the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA).
Now is where the hard work begins. Delegates will be involved in a series of plenary sessions and side meetings over the course of the next three days in an attempt to deliver significant outcomes that will enhance global trade.
“Kenya has set the stage. Now it is time for us to deliver.”- WTO Director General Roberto Azevêdo.