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Fiji Concerned Over Development Agenda Laxity Concerns At Global Forum

  Fiji has expressed disappointment over the inability of the World Trade Organisation Membership to arrive at concrete developmental outcomes for the Doha Development Agenda (DDA) since 2001. Minister for
22 Jul 2016 10:57
Fiji Concerned Over Development Agenda Laxity Concerns At Global Forum
From left: SeaFiji Director Ron Bradley, Minister for Tourism Faiyaz Siddiq Koya and Marlyn Joe during the 2015 Fijian Tourism Expo on Denarau Island yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

 

Fiji has expressed disappointment over the inability of the World Trade Organisation Membership to arrive at concrete developmental outcomes for the Doha Development Agenda (DDA) since 2001.

Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism, Faiyaz Siddiq Koya, emphasised this in Nairobi, Kenya.

This was during the delivery of the Fijian National Statement for the 14th meeting of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD 14) underway.

Mr Koya said Fiji was very hopeful that we would get some positive outcomes from the 10th Ministerial Conference held here in Kenya the past December.

“However, the eventual outcome, despite intensive negotiations, was rather disappointing,” he said.

“The hope of the DDA was to bring tangible benefits for developing countries, including farmers and fishermen in rural areas where the potential for the economic development through trade still burns high.

“For Fiji and the Pacific, fisheries is an integral part of our way of life and a key resource.

“Therefore, it is important to ensure fisheries resources are managed in a sustainable manner and the activities of the present generation should not compromise the needs of the future generations.”

Mr Koya did note that some of the rules may be burdensome on many developing countries and small and vulnerable economies.

But, he said it was Fiji’s considered view the rules could be improved and be made relevant in order to make the multilateral trading system fair and inclusive for all Members.

“In this regard, Fiji was disappointed that Nairobi Ministerial Declaration did not contain legally binding commitments for Members disciplining fisheries subsidies,” he said.

“This was despite the mandate to negotiate fisheries subsidies.”

As such, Fiji urged all member countries to continue collaborating to seek a meaningful outcome, at minimum, in line with the global commitments made in the 2030 Agenda for Development.

Commitment

At the same time, Mr Koya gave Fiji’s commitment to pursue policies aimed at promoting the expansion of markets at bilateral, regional and multilateral levels.

In addition, the diversification of Fiji’s export product base remains a key priority

“In Fiji’s view, the maintenance of integrity and credibility of the Multilateral Trading System is a component in the mix of global policy approaches needed to ensure sustained economic growth,” he said.

Edited by: RACHNA LAL

Feedback:  rachnal@fijisun.com.fj



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