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Thursday, 08 December 2011

Key discussions before the 8th WTO Ministerial Conference

Senior trade officials from ACP member countries have participated in two days of discussions in preparation for key meetings within the coming weeks. According to Paulo Kautoke, ACP Assistant Secretary General and Head of the Macroeconomics, Development Finance and Intra-ACP Programming, “the ultimate objective is to put before the ACP Ministers a solid document that will assist them, first to participate effectively at the Joint Ministerial Trade Committee and secondly, to make a forceful contribution during the forthcoming WTO Ministerial Conference”.

More than 150 trade executives and experts, accompanied by their ministers, met to address changes in the ACP-EU trade regime, the state of regional Economic Partnership Agreements, and to consolidate a position for WTO talks in Geneva.

This meeting was a lead-up to the ACP Trade Ministers Meeting, which will be combined with the ACP Council of Ministers. Representatives will then hold discussions with European counterparts in the Joint Ministerial Trade Committee before attending the 8th Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organisation on 14 – 15 December.