UAE to welcome 175 ministers, officials for WTO conference

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The UAE is gearing up to host the 13th Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in Abu Dhabi from February 26-29.

This key event brings together ministers and senior officials from around the world for discussions on the rules and regulations governing international trade.

The gathering of ministers, private sector leaders, NGOs and civil society representatives will allow the global community to work together towards advancing a more efficient, sustainable and inclusive trading system.

Ministerial Conferences are the highest decision-making body of the WTO and serve as crucial forums for member states to address trade challenges, refine trade rules and set the agenda for global trade policy.

The 13th Ministerial Conference at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) is set to build on the progress achieved during the previous conference, held in Geneva in June 2022, which made substantive breakthroughs on fisheries subsidies, food insecurity and e-commerce.

Focus areas will include improving the ability of developing countries and Least Developed Countries (LDCs) to access the global trading system, intellectual property, and WTO’s dispute resolution mechanism.

The forum will also provide an opportunity to explore greater collaboration and partnership with non-governmental organisations, the private sector, and civil society to enhance the effectiveness of trade policies and programmes via a series of side events.


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