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WTO official hails UAE’s commitment to trade liberalisation

ABU DHABI, February 26, 2024

A top World Trade Organisation (WTO) official has hailed UAE's commitment to trade liberalisation, including development of green and digital trade globally. Ralph Ossa, Chief Economist at WTO, cited the country's focus on low tariffs, export diversification, while saying this.

The WTO's 13th Ministerial Conference (MC13) is taking place from February 26 to 29, 2024 in Abu Dhabi. Ministers from across the world will attend to review the functioning of the multilateral trading system and to take action on the future work of the WTO.

Ossa lauded the success of the WTO Ministerial Conference in Geneva, MC12, affirming the organisation's plans “to build on this momentum here in Abu Dhabi”.

“There are many important items on the agenda where we are hoping to make significant progress. Agenda items include, for example, the reform of our dispute settlement system, constraints on subsidies that lead to harmful overfishing and also e-commerce."

The WTO chief economist highlighted the great importance of green and digital trade and service, describing these sectors as “the future of trade”, especially in light of the current boom in digital trade and the promising growth of green trade globally.




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