MINISTERIAL CONFERENCES

Statements by Members and Observers at the plenary session

The statements below were delivered at the plenary session of the Eleventh Session of the Ministerial Conference (9-13 December 2017). They are published “as received” by the Secretariat, in the original language. Official versions and translations will be made available in due course. The official documents will be found in the Documents Online box in the right-hand column.

Statements by Members

  • Afghanistan — Statement by H.E. Mr. Humayoon RASAW, Minister of Commerce and Industries
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  • Angola — Statement by S.E. M. Joffre Van-Duném JÚNIOR, Ministre du Commerce
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  • Argentina — Statement by Excmo. Sr. Jorge Marcelo FAURIE, Ministro de Relaciones Exteriores y Culto
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  • Australia — Statement by Mr. Steven CIOBO, MP, Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment
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  • Austria — Statement by Ms. Bernadette GIERLINGER, Vice Minister for Foreign Economic Policy and European Integration
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  • Bahrain, Kingdom of — Statement by H.E. Mr. Zayed Rashid ALZAYANI, Minister of Industry, Commerce, and Tourism
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  • Bangladesh — Statement byH.E. Mr. Tofail AHMED, Minister for Commerce
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  • Barbados — Statement by H.E. Ms. Maxine P.O. MC CLEAN, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Speaking on behalf of the ACP
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  • Belgium — Statement by S.E. M. Geert MUYLLE, Ambassadeur Représentant permanent auprès de l'OMC
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  • Belize — Statement by Mr. Andy SUTHERLAND, Director General for Foreign Trade
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  • Benin — Statement by H.E. Mr. Serge Mahouwedo AHISSOU, Ministre de l'Industrie et du Commerce
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  • Bolivia, Plurinational State of — Statement by Sr. Clarems ENDARA VERA, Viceministro de Comercio Exterior e Integración
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  • Botswana — Statement by H.E. Mr. Vincent Thinah SERETSE, Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry
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  • Brazil — Statement by H.E. Mr. Aloysio NUNES FERREIRA FILHO, Minister of Foreign Affairs
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  • Bulgaria — Statement by H.E. Mr. Emil Lyubenov KARANIKOLOV, Minister of Economy
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  • Burkina Faso — Statement by M. Stéphane Wenceslas SANOU, Ministre du Commerce, de l'Industrie et l'Artisanat
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  • Côte d’Ivoire — Statement by M. Souleymane DIARRASSOUBA, Ministre du Commerce, de l’Artisanat et de la Promotion des PME
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  • Cambodia — Statement by H.E. Mr. Sorasak PAN, Minister of Commerce
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  • Cameroon — Statement by Mr. Paul BATIBONAK, Director of African Affairs in the Ministry of External Relations
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  • Canada — Statement by H.E. Mr. François-Philippe CHAMPAGNE, Minister of International Trade
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  • Chad — Statement by M. Guetimbaye Abel MBAIKOMBE, Secrétaire Général Adjoint
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  • Chile — Statement by Excmo. Sr. Heraldo MUÑOZ, Ministro de Relaciones Exteriores
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  • China — Statement by Dr Shan ZHONG, Minister of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China
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  • Colombia — Statement by Excma. Sra. María Lorena GUTIÉRREZ, Ministra de Comercio, Industria y Turismo
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  • Costa Rica — Statement by Excmo. Sr. Alexander MORA DELGADO, Ministro de Comercio Exterior
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  • Croatia — Statement by Mr. Tugomir MAJDAK, State Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture
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  • Cuba — Statement by Excmo. Sr. Antonio Luis CARRICARTE CORONA, Viceministro Primero
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  • Czech Republic — Statement by H.E. Mr. Vladimír BÄRTL, Deputy Minister
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  • Democratic Republic of the Congo — Statement by Mme. Eugenie SALEBONGO BASOY, Secrétaire Générale du Commerce
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  • Denmark — Statement by Mrs. Susanne HYLDELUND, State Secretary
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  • Dominica — Statement by Mr. Ricardo JAMES, Charge d'Affaires
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  • Dominican Republic — Statement by Mr. Hugo Fco. Rivera FERNÁNDEZ, Deputy Foreign Minister for Economic Affairs and International Cooperation
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  • Ecuador — Statement by Sr. Pablo CAMPANA, Ministro de Comercio Exterior
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  • Egypt — Statement by H.E. Mr. Tarek KABIL, Minister of Trade and Industry
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  • El Salvador — Statement by Excma. Sra. Luz Estrella RODRÍGUEZ, Viceministra de Economía de El Salvador
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  • Estonia — Statement by H.E. Mrs. Urve PALO, Minister of Entrepreneurship and Information Technology
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  • European Union — Statement by Ms. Cecilia MALMSTRÖM, Commissioner for Trade
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  • Finland — Statement by H.E. Mr. Kai Aslak MYKKÄNEN, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development of Finland
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  • France — Statement by M. Jean-Baptiste LEMOYNE, Secrétaire d'Etat auprès du Ministre de l'Europe et des affaires étrangères
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  • Gambia — Statement by H.E. Dr. Isatou Jarra TOURAY, Minister of Trade, Regional Integration and Employment
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  • Germany — Statement by H.E. Mr. Matthias MACHNIG, Trade Minister
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  • Ghana — Statement by H.E. Mr. Alan John Kwadwo KYEREMATEN, Minister of Trade and Industry
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  • Grenada — Statement by H.E. Dr. Patrick ANTOINE, Ambassador, Permanent Representative to the WTO
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  • Guatemala — Statement by Sr. Victor ASTURIAS, Ministro de Economía de Guatemala
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    Speaking on behalf of the Group of Small, Vulnerable Economies (SVEs)
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  • Guinea — Statement by M. Marc YOMBOUNO, Ministre du Commerce
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  • Guyana — Statement by H.E. Dr. John Ronald Dipchandra FORD, Ambassador Permanent Representative to the WTO
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  • Haiti — Statement by M. Chenet ST-VIL, Coordonnateur général
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  • Honduras — Statement by H.E. Mr. Dacio CASTILLO, Ambassador Permanent Representative to the WTO
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  • Hong Kong, China — Statement by Mr. Edward YAU, Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development
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  • Hungary — Statement by H.E. Dr. István MIKOLA, Minister of State for Security Policy and International Cooperation
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  • Iceland — Statement by H.E. Mr. Gudlaugur Thór THÓRDARSON, Minister for Foreign Affairs and External Trade
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  • India — Statement by H.E. Mr. Suresh Prabhakar PRABHU, Union Minister for Commerce and Industry
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  • Indonesia — Statement by H.E. Mr. Enggartiasto LUKITA, Minister of Trade
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  • Ireland — Statement by Mr. Pat BREEN, Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Single Market and Data Protection
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  • Israel — Statement by Mr. Ohad COHEN, Trade Commissioner
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  • Italy — Statement by H.E. Mr. Ivan SCALFAROTTO, Secretary of State for Foreign Trade and Foreign Direct Investment Attraction
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  • Jamaica — Statement by Senator the Hon. Kamina Elizabeth JOHNSON SMITH, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade
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  • Japan — Statement by H.E. Mr. Hiroshige SEKO, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry
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  • Jordan — Statement by H.E. Ms. Saja MAJALI, Ambassador Permanent Representative to the WTO
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  • Kazakhstan — Statement by H.E. Mrs. Zhanar AITZHANOVA, Ambassador Permanent Representative to the WTO
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  • Kenya — Statement by H.E. Ms. Amina Chawahir MOHAMED, Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs
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  • Korea, Republic of — Statement by Mr. Youngsam KIM, Deputy Minister for Trade and Investment
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  • Kyrgyz Republic — Statement by Mr. Eldar ABAKIROV, Deputy Minister
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  • Lao People’s Democratic Republic — Statement by H.E. Mrs. Khemmani PHOLSENA, Minister of Industry and Commerce
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  • Latvia — Statement by H.E. Mr. Edgars RINKEVICS, Minister of Foreign Affairs
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  • Lesotho — Statement by Hon. Tefo, Fabian MAPESELA, Minister of Trade and Industry
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  • Liberia — Statement by H.E. Mr. Axel ADDY, Minister of Commerce and Industry
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  • Liechtenstein — Statement by H.E. Mr. Peter MATT, Ambassador, Permanent Representative
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  • Lithuania — Statement by Mr. Albinas ZANANAVICIUS, Vice-Minister for European Affairs and Trade
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  • Madagascar — Statement by H.E. Mr. Bary Emmanuel RAFATROLAZA, Secrétaire d'Etat chargé de la Coopération et du Développement
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  • Malawi — Statement by H.E. Mr. Robert Dufter SALAMA, Ambassador Permanent Representative
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  • Malaysia — Statement by H.E. Mr. J. JAYASIRI, Secretary General of the Ministry of International Trade and Industry, Malaysia
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  • Mali — Statement by S.E. M. Abdel Karim KONATE, Ministre du Commerce, Porte-parole du Gouvernement
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  • Malta — Statement by Dr. Christian CARDONA, Minister for the Economy, Investment and Small Businesses speaking on behalf of the Commonwealth Working Group on Trade and Investment
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  • Mauritius — Statement by H.E. Mr. Israhyananda DHALLADOO, Ambassador Permanent Representative to the WTO
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  • Mexico — Statement by Excmo. Sr. Ildefonso GUAJARDO VILLARREAL, Secretario de Economía
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  • Moldova, Republic of — Statement by H.E. Mr. Octavian CALMAC, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Economy and Infrastructure
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  • Mongolia — Statement by H.E. Mr. Tsogtbaatar DAMDIN, Minister for Foreign Affairs
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  • Montenegro — Statement by H.E. Ms Zorica MARIC-DJORDJEVIC, Ambassador, Permanent Representative to the WTO
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  • Morocco — Statement by H.E. Ms. Rakiya EDDARHEM, Secrétaire d’État chargée du Commerce Extérieur
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  • Myanmar — Statement by H.E. Dr. Than MYINT, Minister for Commerce
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  • Namibia — Statement by Mr. Immanuel NGATJIZEKO, Minister of Industrialization, Trade and SME Development
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  • Nepal — Statement by Hon. Meen Bahadur BISHWAKARMA, Minister of Commerce
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  • Netherlands — Statement by H.E. Mrs. Sigrid KAAG, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation
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  • New Zealand — Statement by Hon. David PARKER, Minister for Trade and Export Growth
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  • Nicaragua — Statement by Excmo. Sr. Orlando SOLÓRZANO DELGADILLO, Ministro de Fomento, Industria y Comercio
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  • Nigeria — Statement by H.E. Dr. Okechukwu ENELAMAH, Minister for Industry, Trade and Investment
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  • Norway — Statement by Ms. Ine Eriksen SØREIDE, Minister of Foreign Affairs
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  • Pakistan — Statement by H.E. Mr. Mohammad Pervaiz MALIK, Minister for Commerce and Textile Industry
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  • Panama — Statement by H.E. Mr. Augusto AROSEMENA, Ministro de Comercio e Industrias
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  • Papua New Guinea — Statement by Honourable Wera MORI, Minister
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  • Paraguay — Statement by Excmo. Sr. Eladio LOIZAGA, Ministro — Canciller Nacional
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  • Peru — Statement by Sr. Eduardo FERREYROS KUPPERS, Ministro de Comercio Exterior y Turismo del Perú
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  • Philippines — Statement by H.E. Mr. Ramon M. LOPEZ, Secretary / Minister, Department of Trade and Industry, Philippines
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  • Poland — Statement by Mr. Lukasz PORAZYNSKI, Director
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  • Portugal — Statement by Mr Paulo FERREIRA, Secretary of State for Trade
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  • Qatar — Statement by H.E. Sheikh Ahmed Bin Jassim AL THANI, Minister of Economy and Commerce of the State of Qatar
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  • Romania — Statement by Mr. Ilan LAUFER, Minister for Business Environment, Commerce and Entrepreneurship
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  • Russian Federation — Statement by Mr. Maksim ORESHKIN, Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation
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  • Rwanda — Statement by H.E. Mr. Vincent MUNYESHYAKA, Minister of Trade and Industry
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  • Saint Kitts and Nevis — Statement by Hon. Mr. Lindsay GRANT, Minister of Tourism, International Trade, Industry, Commerce and Consumer Affairs
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  • Saint Lucia — Statement by Hon. John Bradly FELIX, Minister for Commerce, International Trade, Enterprise Development, Investment and Consumer Affairs
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    Speaking on behalf of CARICOM
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  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines — Statement by H.E. Sir Louis STRAKER, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Commerce
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  • Samoa — Statement by Hon. Lautafi Fio Selafi PURCELL, Minister of Commerce, Industry and Labour Speaking on behalf of the Pacific Islands Group
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  • Senegal — Statement by M. Alioune SARR, Ministre du Commerce, de la Consommation, du Secteur Informel et des PME
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  • Sierra Leone — Statement by H.E. Mrs. Yvette Elizabeth STEVENS, Ambassador Permanent Representative to the WTO
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  • Singapore — Statement by H.E. Mr. LIM Hng Kiang, Minister for Trade and Industry (Trade)
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  • Slovak Republic — Statement by H.E. Mr. Peter ŽIGA, Minister of Economy
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  • Slovenia — Statement by H.E. Mr. Zdravko POCIVALŠEK, Minister for Economic Development and Technology
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  • South Africa — Statement by Dr. Robert Haydn DAVIES, Minister of Trade and Industry
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  • Spain — Statement by Sra. Maria Luisa PONCELA GARCIA, Secretaria de Estado de Comercio
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  • Sri Lanka — Statement by Mrs. Sheitha SENARATHNA, Additional Secretary
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  • Swaziland — Statement by Hon. Mr. Jabulani Clement MABUZA, Minister of Commerce, Industry and Trade
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  • Sweden — Statement by H.E. Ms. Ann LINDE, Minister for EU Affairs and Trade
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  • Switzerland — Statement by S.E. M. Johann N. SCHNEIDER-AMMANN, Federal Councillor, Head of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs
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  • Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu — Statement by H.E. Mr. John Chen-Chung DENG, Chief Trade Representative
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  • Tanzania — Statement by Prof. Elisante Gabriel LAIZER, Permanent Secretary
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  • Thailand — Statement by H.E. Ms. Sunanta KANGVALKULKIJ, Ambassador Permanent Representative to the WTO and WIPO
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  • the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia — Statement by Ms. Sanja ZOGRAFSKA-KRSTESKA, Assistant Director for Multilateral Economic Relations
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  • Togo — Statement by H.E. Ms. Essossimna BALOUKI ÉPSE LEGZIM, Ministre du Commerce et de la Promotion du Secteur Privé
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  • Tunisia — Statement by H.E. Mr. Omar BEHI, Ministre du Commerce
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  • Turkey — Statement by Mr. Fatih METIN, Deputy Minister
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  • Uganda — Statement by H.E. Mrs. Amelia Anne KYAMBADDE, Minister of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives
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  • Ukraine — Statement by H.E. Mr. Stepan KUBIV, First Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine
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  • United Arab Emirates — Statement by H.E. Mr. Abdulla AL SALEH, Undersecretary for Foreign Trade and Industry
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  • United Kingdom — Statement by H.E. Dr. Liam FOX, Secretary of State for International Trade
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  • United States — Statement by Ambassador Robert LIGHTHIZER, United States Trade Representative
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  • Uruguay — Statement by Excmo. Sr. Rodolfo NIN NOVOA, Ministro de Relaciones Exteriores
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  • Vanuatu — Statement by Mrs. Roline Lesines TEKON, Acting Director General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
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  • Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of — Statement by Excmo. Sr. José Gregorio VIELMA MORA, Ministro del Poder Popular para Comercio Exterior e Inversiones
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  • Viet Nam — Statement by H.E. Mr. Tran QUOC KHANH, Vice Minister
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  • Yemen — Statement by H.E. Dr. Mohammed Abdulwahid Mohammed AL MAITAMI, Minister of Industry and Trade
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  • Zambia — Statement by H.E. Mrs. Kayula SIAME, Permanent Secretary of Commerce, Trade and Industry
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  • Zimbabwe — Statement by H.E. Mr. Taonga MUSHAYAVANHU, Ambassador Permanent Representative to the WTO
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Statements by observer governments

  • Algeria (Observer) — Statement by H.E. Mr. Benaouda HAMEL, Ambassadeur
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  • Belarus (Observer) — Statement by H.E. Mr. Andrei YEUDACHENKA, First Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus
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  • Comoros (Observer) — Statement by H.E. M. Sultan CHOUZOUR, Ambassadeur, Représentant Permanent de l'Union des Comores à Genève
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  • Ethiopia (Observer) — Statement by H.E. Dr. Bekele Bulado BUKANA, Minister of Trade
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  • Holy See (Observer) — Statement by S.E. M. Ivan JURKOVIC, Nonce apostolique Observateur permanent auprès de l'OMC
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  • Iran (Observer) — Statement by Mr. Mirhadi SEYEDI, Deputy for Export Market Development of Trade Promotion Organization, Ministry of Industry, Mine and Trade
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  • Lebanese Republic (Observer) — Statement by Dr. George EL JALLAD, Chargé d'Affaires
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  • Serbia (Observer) — Statement by Excma. Sra. Jela BACOVIC, Embajador
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  • Somalia (Observer) — Statement by H.E. Ms. Khadra Ahmed DUALEH, Minister of Commerce and Industry
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  • Sudan (Observer) — Statement by H.E. Mr. Hatim ELSIR ALI SIKAINJO, Minister of Trade
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Other observers

  • Palestine (Observer) — Statement by H.E. Mrs. Abeer ODEH, Minister of National Economy
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  • South Sudan (Observer) — Statement by H.E Akech Chol AHOU AYOK, Deputy Permanent Representative at the Permanent Mission of South Sudan to the UNOG
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  • International Trade Centre (ITC) (Observer) — Statement by Ms. Arancha GONZÁLEZ, Executive Director
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  • World Bank (WB) (Observer) — Statement by Mrs. Anabel GONZALEZ, Senior Director
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