World Trade Organisation (WTO) newly inaugurated Director General, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is looking forward to work with Zimbabwe in the search for practical solutions to the multiple challenges which continue to confront WTO.
She received Letters of Credence from Ambassador Stuart Harold Comberbach following his appointment by President Emmerson Mnangagwa as Permanent Representative of Zimbabwe to the Geneva-based multilateral organisation.
Welcoming Ambassador Comberbach to Geneva and to WTO, Dr Okonjo-Iweala expressed her appreciation to President Mnangagwa for the support which since the very onset of her campaign for the Director General of the organisation, had been forthcoming from Zimbabwe.
Some of the challenges addressed in the meeting include the undermining of the global multi-lateral rules-based system over the past several years by those whose approach tended to be more unilateral, self-centred and nationalistic in nature.
In relation to that, the Director General confirmed that the WTO’s 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12) would take place in Geneva in December 2021, in a yet to be decided format, and that she was already and deeply engaged with key stakeholders including the African Group in Geneva with a view to identifying practical deliverables.
Ambassador Comberbach stressed that the new dispensation in Zimbabwe was fully committed to the economic, political and legislative reform programme articulated by President Mnangagwa when he assumed office in 2017.
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