By OLUSHOLA BELLO, Lagos
The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr. Okechukwu Enelamah, has been elected the vice-chairperson representing Africa, for the 11th World Trade Organisation (WTO) Ministerial Conference.
This was made known in a statement signed by the Strategy and Communications adviser to Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Constance Ikokwu sent to newsmen, yesterday.
According to the statement, Nigeria’s election was decided at the meeting of the WTO General Council on July 26th, saying the General Council acts on behalf of the Ministerial Conference on all WTO affairs.
“It meets as the Dispute Settlement and Trade Policy Review Body to oversee procedures for settling disputes between members and to analyse members’ trade policies.”
It stated that, the Ministerial Conference, which meets every two years, is the topmost decision-making body of the WTO, saying that it brings together members of the organisation, all of which are countries or customs unions and can take decisions on matters under any of the multilateral trade agreements.
It added that the election is viewed as an important recognition of Nigeria’s leadership role at the WTO and contributions on trade policies.
It added further that other members of the Bureau of the 11th Ministerial Conference are, chairperson, Minister Susanna Malcorra of Argentina; vice chairperson: H.E. Todd McClay, Minister of Trade of New Zealand; vice chairperson, Mr. Edward Yau, Secretary of Commerce and Economic Development, Hong Kong, China.
It also noted that the Conference will take place on 10-13 December 10 to13, 2017, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
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