Geneva, Apr. 1 (BNA): Bahrain’s Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva Yusef Abdel Karim Bucheeri has participated in the meeting of the Council of Arab Ambassadors in Geneva with WTO Director General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.
The Director General wanted to inform the Arab group about his priorities, concerns regarding various issues in the organization and the way forward towards the 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12), with the aim of highlighting the role of the Arab group in the multilateral trading system and its contribution to international trade.
Bucheeri welcomed the new Director-General and congratulated her on her historic appointment as the first African woman Director-General of the World Trade Organization. He also extended his appreciation of the meeting with the Arab group and the Group’s readiness to work with the Director General and support her during her tenure.
Bahrain, as a WTO founding member, appreciates the organization’s role in building and promoting a multilateral trading platform to maintain growth and provide access to essential goods and services around the world, he said.
Bucheeri lauded all the positive initiatives that the Director General intends to undertake during her tenure. He affirmed that Bahrain stands ready to cooperate with WTO in its mission to promote free trade among market economies and the necessary reforms for the organization.
Bahrain also appreciates the efforts towards a global economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic ensuring ambitious and realistic results at the 12th Ministerial Conference in December.
The Arab Group is looking forward to seeing fair and equitable results from the conference, especially with regard to issues of vital importance to developing and least developed countries, island states, landlocked countries, and net food importing countries, he added.
Bucheeri also expressed his contentment with the initiatives taken by the General Secretariat in the field of technical assistance that were specifically useful for building capacities and promoting participation within the Arab region.
Initiatives such as the Young Professionals Program, from which Bahrain has benefited by providing a pioneering example through a distinguished youth example, played a pivotal role in increasing diversity and expanding the representation of members within the Secretariat, especially with regard to the Arab group, Bucheeri said.
He renewed Bahrain’s support for the Arab delegations that are currently negotiating their accession to the WTO and its encouragement for the progress that has been made in this field.
He also reiterated the Kingdom’s support for granting the Observer status in the Organization to the Arab League, one of the most prominent regional intergovernmental organizations.
Bucheeri explained that the commitment of the Director-General to bring about a positive change is evident in her action with international organizations and public service where she worked in many leadership roles.
He affirmed his full confidence that the World Trade Organization, under Dr. Okonjo-Iweala’s leadership, will embark on a modernization program that will enable the WTO to meet the requirements of the 21st century while ensuring that the interests and requirements of the entire Arab group are taken into consideration.
Bucheeri wished Dr. Okonjo-Iweala further success in her tenure, reiterating Bahrain’s commitment to promoting its cooperation with the WTO and its readiness to participate constructively in future work.