SOUTH AFRICAN ATTENDING INFORMAL TRADE MINISTERS MEETING TO DISCUSS WTO

PRETORIA, A South African delegation led by Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies has arrived in Marrakesh, Morocco, to attend a World Trade Organization (WTO) Informal Ministerial Gathering.

Davies and his deputy Minister, Bulelani Magwanishe, will attend the meeting which is part of a series of preparatory meetings leading to the 11th WTO Ministerial Conference (MC11) to be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in December 2017, the Department of Trade and Industry (dti) says.

The meeting will provide a platform for exchange of views and guidance on possible outcomes at MC11.

The Ministers reiterated their commitment to the development mandate of the Doha Development Agenda (DDA) and agreed that Africa should seek outcomes that provide policy space for Africa to pursue integration and industrialisation to drive the process of structural transformation across the African continent, the dti said over the weekend.

The Trade Ministers also agreed on the need to ensure that the outcomes achieved at the multilateral level do not undermine the continent's development integration agenda that encompasses market integration, industrial development and infrastructure development.

On the sidelines of the WTO Informal Ministerial Gathering, Davies and Magwanishe will also have several bilateral meetings and a meeting of African Ministers of Trade.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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