Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala calls on WTO members to narrow gaps in fisheries subsidies negotiations

The Director-General of the World Trade Organization Ngozi, Okonjo-Iweala, on Monday, urged heads of WTO delegations to stay engaged in the fisheries subsidies negotiations and aim to reach an agreement by July.

“I call on all members, and in particular all Heads of Delegation, to prioritize the fisheries subsidies negotiations over the coming months, and to remain flexible and available as and when needed,” DG Okonjo-Iweala said. “Please keep the date of July in mind as when we need to finally close these negotiations.”

“Concluding these negotiations is a top priority for this organization, not only for the fisheries, but also for the WTO system. We simply cannot afford to fail here,” she said. “We have reached a considerable degree of maturity in the negotiations and we should do what it takes to close it.” Read the full text of her statement here.

The talks have reached a considerable degree of maturity, and members should make the compromises necessary to get to the finish line, she said in her remarks to open a cluster of week-long meetings of the Negotiating Group on Rules.

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