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Ahmad Mukhtar, Economist, Trade and Food Security, FAO Liaison Office with the United Nations in Geneva


Historically, fish is the most traded food animal protein worldwide in value terms. World trade flow in fisheries and fisheries products shows a consistent upward trend making it one of the most-traded food commodities today.

The session will present an overview of trade in fisheries and fisheries products, together with associated current existing rules and trends in connection with applicable standards, sanitary and technical issues for the sector. The session will also explore how the existing regulatory framework under the WTO regime could contribute to setting up a trading system that is transparent and encompass basic conditions for a more inclusive trade. The session will specifically focus on the key problems faced by SMEs in accessing international markets, as well as how capacity building programmes, best practices and voluntary codes could positively contribute to providing the necessary foundation to expand and to create market opportunities for stakeholders.


  • Joakim Reiter, Ambassador, Deputy Secretary-General, The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
  • Francois Xavier Ngarambe, Ambassador, Head of African, Caribbean, and Pacific Group of States (ACP) and Permanent Representative of Rwanda to the United Nations Office at Geneva, the World Trade Organization (WTO), and to other International Organizations in Geneva (tbc)
  • Nazhat Shameem Khan, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Fiji to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva (tbc)
  • James Brown, First Secretary, New Zealand Permanent Mission in Geneva
  • Audun Lem, Deputy-Director of the Policy and Resources Division of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Department of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)