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Kamikamica meets WTO Director-General

Fiji’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Trade, Co-operatives, SMEs and Communications, Manoa Kamikamica met with the Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, during the sidelines of Fiji’s fourth Trade Policy Review.

The discussions in Geneva, Switzerland yesterday covered a range of topics, and the meeting provided an opportunity to address crucial trade-related matters and explore avenues for enhanced collaboration.

The Director-General acknowledged Fiji’s positive prospects, noting that Fiji’s growth rate remains quite robust, despite the challenges faced during the recent period of economic recovery.

Both parties highlighted the significance of the WTO’s Agreement on Fisheries Subsidies, recognising its potential to drive ocean sustainability by prohibiting harmful fisheries subsidies, which are a key factor in the widespread depredation of the world’s fish stocks.

In this context, Fiji’s assistance in mobilising other Pacific nations to ratify the agreement was discussed.

Kamikamica expressed Fiji’s interest in digital trade, underscoring the growth potential of digitally delivered services and opportunities in the business process outsourcing (BPO) sector.

He stated that Fiji is also keen to collaborate with the International Trade Centre (ITC) to implement supply-side measures, particularly those aimed at empowering women in digital trade.

The Director-General appreciated Fiji’s active participation in addressing plastic pollution and discussed the potential of trade to contribute to green initiatives in the Pacific region.

Looking ahead, the Director-General requested for Fiji’s continued support in fostering a spirit of camaraderie among the Pacific island countries and the WTO members to advance mutual interests.

In closing,  Kamikamica emphasised Fiji’s commitment to active and meaningful participation in international trade discussions.

The meeting exemplifies Fiji’s dedication to constructive dialogue and cooperation with the international community in pursuit of sustainable and inclusive trade practices.

Reginald Chandar
Reginald Chandar
Head of News & Sports | news@fijilive.com

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