W.T.O Moves Against Harmful Support For Fishing

Director-General, World Trade Organisation, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and the Fisheries Subsidies Negotiations Chair, Ambassador Santiago Wills of Colombia, urged WTO members to prepare to make tough calls and pave the way for a ministerial meeting in July in a bid to deliver an agreement that will curb harmful state support for fishing.

During an informal open-ended meeting at heads of delegation level, Okonjo-Iweala, recalled the preamble to the WTO agreement and the mandate of these negotiations.

She said, “People, jobs, sustainability, livelihoods these are the words that jump out at me from the preamble every time.

She also said their job is to protect the fish and to protect the many millions of fisher men and women who directly depend on fish.

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