By ORU LEONARD
In recognition of Nigeria’s leadership role at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and her contributions on trade policies, the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr. Okechukwu Enelamah, has been elected the Vice-Chairperson representing Africa, for the 11th WTO Ministerial Conference.
Nigeria’s election was decided at the meeting of the WTO General Council on July 26th.
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
The Ministerial Conference, is the highest decision-making body of the WTO and meets every two years to bring together members of the organization from different countries to take decisions on matters under any of the multilateral trade agreements.
Other members of the Bureau of the 11th Ministerial Conference are: Chairperson: Minister Susanna Malcorra of Argentina; Vice Chairperson: H.E. Todd Mc Clay, Honourable 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.