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Nigeria’s Trade Minister elected Vice Chairperson, Africa WTO

Babatunde Opalana 

The Nigeria’s Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Mr. Okechukwu Enelamah, has been elected the Vice-Chairperson representing Africa, for the 11th World Trade Organisation (WTO) Ministerial Conference, in Geneva, Switzerland.

The Strategy and Communications Adviser to the Minister, Ms. Constance Ikokwu, on Monday stated that Enelamah’s election was decided at the meeting of the WTO General Council on July 26th. 

Ikokwu said that 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,” she stated.

She said that the Ministerial Conference, which meets every two years, is the topmost decision-making body of the WTO.

According to Ikokwu, the Conference 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.

She said that, “this election is viewed as an important recognition of Nigeria’s leadership role at the WTO and contributions on trade policies”.

Other members of the Bureau of the 11th Ministerial Conference are Chairperson: Minister Susanna Malcorra of Argentina; Vice Chairperson:  Todd McClay,  Minister of Trade of New Zealand; Vice Chairperson: Mr. Edward Yau, Secretary of Commerce and Economic Development, Hong Kong, China.

The Conference will take place on 10-13 December 2017, in Buenos Aires, Argentina

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