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Preparations for December WTO conference in Kenya underway

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By PSCU | May 6th 2015

NAIROBI: President Uhuru Kenyatta Tuesday launched the 10th World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Conference logo and website.

The launch, which kicked off preparations for the WTO Conference that will be hosted by Kenya from December 15-18 this year, took place simultaneously with a similar ceremony by the WTO General Council in Geneva, Switzerland.

Speaking at the launch at State House Nairobi, President Kenyatta said hosting of the conference is not only an honour to the Government and people of Kenya, but also to the region and the entire African continent.

"This is the first time that the WTO Ministerial Conference is taking place on African soil," he noted.

He said bringing the meeting to Kenya is further proof of the commitment the international community to integrate the African continent into the multilateral trading system (MTS).

The President said integration of Africa into the MTS will complement efforts towards increased intra-Africa trade. "This is the way to go for us as a continent if we are to realise the dream of a Free Trade Area in the continent," he said. The Head of State also expressed optimism that the conference would provide an opportunity to restore confidence in the MTS.

Doha talks

"We should use this conference to agree on a work programme that can guide members to conclude the Doha Round of trade talks and deliver development as promised in the Doha Declaration of 2001," said Uhuru.

He assured the National Preparatory Committee for the 10th WTO Ministerial Conference of the Government's full support to not only make it a success, but also memorable.

To Kenyans, President Kenyatta said, the conference is an opportunity to demonstrate the country's hospitality.

Foreign Affairs and International Trade Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed thanked Uhuru for working to ensure Kenya hosts the conference.

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