Kingdom of Bahrain Permanent Representative to World Trade Organization participates in Geneva Arab Ambassadors Council meeting with WTO Director General
The Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Bahrain to the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Dr. Yusef Abdel Karim Bucheeri, participated in the meeting of the Council of Arab Ambassadors in Geneva with the Director General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.
The meeting took place to inform the Arab group about the priorities of the Director General and hear its concerns on various topics in the organization, in addition to how to move forward towards the Twelfth Ministerial Conference (MC12), with the aim of highlighting the role of the Arab group in the multilateral trading system and its contribution to international trade.
During the meeting, the Permanent Representative delivered a statement in which he welcomed the new Director-General of the Organization, and congratulated her on her historic appointment as the first African woman Director-General of the World Trade Organization. He also extended his appreciation to her for taking the time to meet with the Arab group, which in turn affirmed its readiness to work with the Director General and support her during her tenure.
Ambassador Dr. Bucheeri said that the Kingdom of Bahrain, as a founding member of the World Trade Organization, appreciates the organization's role in building and promoting a multilateral trading platform in order to maintain growth and provide access to essential goods and services around the world.
The Ambassador also lauded all the positive initiatives that the Director General of the Organization intends to undertake during her tenure. He affirmed that Bahrain stands ready to cooperate with the World Trade Organization in its mission of promoting free trade among market economies and promoting the necessary reforms for the organization, in addition to providing global economic recovery in the face of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, and ensuring ambitious and realistic results at the Twelfth Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization to be held in December.
Dr. Bucheeri stated that the Arab Group is looking forward to seeing fair and equitable results from the Twelfth Ministerial Conference, especially with regard to issues of vital importance to developing and least developed countries, island states, landlocked countries, and net food importing countries.
The Permanent Representative also expressed his contentment with the initiatives taken by the General Secretariat of the World Trade Organization in the field of technical assistance, which were specifically useful for building capacities and promoting participation within the Arab region. Initiatives such as the Young Professionals Program, which Bahrain has benefited from by providing a pioneering example through a distinguished youth example, played a pivotal role in increasing diversity and expanding the representation of members within the Secretariat, especially with regard to the Arab group.
The Permanent Representative renewed Bahrain's support for the Arab delegations that are currently negotiating their accession to the World Trade Organization, and its encouragement for the progress that has been made in this field. He also reiterated the Kingdom's support for granting the Observer status in the World Trade Organization to the Arab League, which is one of the most prominent regional intergovernmental organizations.
The Ambassador explained that the commitment of the Director-General of the Organization to bring about a positive change is evident in her work with international organizations and the public service, where she worked in many leadership roles.
He affirmed his full confidence that the World Trade Organization, under Dr. Okonjo-Iweala’s
leadership, will embark on a modernization program that will make the World Trade Organization able to meet the requirements of the twenty-first century, while ensuring that the interests and requirements of the entire Arab group are taken into consideration.
He finally wished Dr. Okonjo-Iweala further success in her tenure, reiterating Bahrain's commitment to promoting its cooperation with the World Trade Organization, and its readiness to participate constructively in future work.