Day two proved to be a day of intense negotiation and dialogue at MC10.
Ministers remained steadfast in their desire to reach an agreement despite divergent opinions over the Doha Development Agenda and agricultural policies, which meant that meetings ran well into the night.
Earlier in the day however there were exciting events at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre. WTO welcomed it’s newest member, the Islamic state of Afghanistan after 11 years of negotiations. At the accession ceremony, countries reaffirmed their support for the nation and WTO Director General Roberto Azevêdo congratulated Afghanistan stating that it’s accession was a “clear sign for all the world to see that Afghanistan is building a business-friendly environment.”
“This is indeed a historical day for Afghanistan,“ first deputy Chief Executive of Afghanistan, Mohammad Khan noted.
The WTO also welcomed 6 new ratifications of the TFTA, which brings the total number to 63 ratifications, more than half of the108 needed for the agreement to be passed.
Meanwhile, Ambassador Amina and chair of MC10, together with Ghanian Industry and trade minister Mr. Ekwow Spigo-Garbrah announced that Kenya and Ghana are set to present the Pan African Trade Hub System (PATHS) to the African Union in January. The project intends to facilitate trade and provide opportunities for African businessmen and women to invest in Africa.
The day concluded in the wee hours of Friday morning as ministers convened to discuss the intricacies of export competition, stockholding and agricultural subsidies.
Despite protests and contentious debate, ambassador Amina assured the press that the WTO has always been able to get things done and thus would do the same at MC10.
The closing ceremony of MC10 is to take place later today. (Friday 18th December).