Morocco continues to play an active and constructive role in all negotiation processes within the World Trade Organization (WTO) with a view to reaching concrete and achievable compromises, underlined Monday the Ambassador, permanent representative of the Kingdom. in Geneva, Omar Zniber.
“Faithful to its role as a facilitating country and defender of the interests of developing countries, Morocco has always been involved in the search for concrete and achievable compromises”, stressed Zniber who presented the Kingdom’s statement at a meeting of the Trade Negotiations Committee at the WTO.
“Morocco calls on the members of the organization to face the major challenges facing all countries, in particular developing countries which are threatened by the impact of climate change, food security especially in Africa, and serious dysfunctions records in the fight against the pandemic, in particular access to vaccines ”, he continued.
The Moroccan diplomat declined, in this regard, Morocco’s proposals relating to negotiations on fisheries, agriculture and investment facilitation.
The WTO is expected to play an important role in the global economic recovery, especially for developing and least developed countries, by preventing various types of restrictions on the export of coronavirus drugs and vaccines to these countries and lifting protectionist barriers to their exports.
The informal dialogue was launched in November 2020 during the Trade and Environment Week of the Committee on Trade and Environment and the aim of which was to provide a dedicated platform for members to explore – by the exchange of ideas, information and views – how the WTO could contribute to national and global efforts to tackle plastic pollution and move towards a circular and sustainable plastics trade.
As a reminder, fisheries subsidies, like many other subjects, in particular those relating to agriculture and the status of developing countries, constitute points of great divergence between member countries.