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FIJI LEADS THE PACIFIC AT THE 10TH WTO MINISTERIAL CONFERENCE

Minister for Industry Trade and Tourism and PSNairobi, Kenya, 14 December 2015: The Fijian delegation led by Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism, Hon. Faiyaz Siddiq Koya is participating in preparatory meetings in Nairobi, Kenya, ahead of the 10th World Trade Organisation (WTO) Ministerial Conference.

The Ministerial Conference is the decision making body of the WTO, which meets every two years. This year the meeting is being held in Nairobi, Kenya from 15–18 December. A total of 160 member countries will be represented by Ministers and will negotiate on key outcomes for the ongoing WTO negotiations or the Doha Round of negotiations.

The Hon Minister on Monday chaired the meeting of the Pacific WTO Group, which includes the six Pacific Island Countries that are WTO members. During the meeting, Fiji was appointed as the Pacific spokesperson on WTO matters, for the Ministerial Conference.

The Minister also participated in the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Ministerial preparatory meeting and highlighted Fiji’s priorities and concerns for the Ministerial Conference.
As a small island economy, Fiji acknowledges the significance of the rules of the WTO in international trade and their impacts on Fiji's efforts to integrate into the global economy.
Fiji’s participation in the negotiations on this basis and negotiates through the group called the Small Vulnerable Economies and through the African Caribbean and Pacific Group.

The Conference will be opened on 15 December 2015 by the President of Kenya, His Excellency Uhuru Kenyatta.

The Fijian delegation also includes, the Permanent Secretary for Industry, Trade and Tourism, Mr Shaheen Ali, officials from the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism and representatives from the Fijian Mission based in Geneva.

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