Sixth China Round Table


This programme for the Sixth China Round Table and documents circulated under the China's LDCs and Accessions Programme is designed wholly and exclusively for technical assistance and capacity building purposes and under the WTO Secretariat's own responsibility.  They are without prejudice to the positions of Members or to their rights and obligations under the WTO.



Sheraton Hotel – Golden Horn

Moderators: Ambassador Alan Wm. Wolff, Deputy Director-General, WTO
Mr. Wang Shouwen, Vice-Minister of Commerce, China

13:30 – 14:00

  • Opening Remarks by Mr. Roberto Azevêdo, Director-General, WTO
  • Welcome Remarks by H.E. Ms. Susana Malcorra, MC11 Chair, Argentina
  • Introductory Remarks by H.E. Mr. Zhong Shan, Minister of Commerce, China
  • Special remarks by Mr. Pan Sorasak, Minister of Commerce, Cambodia

14:00 – 14:10 Signing Ceremony

  • Extension of the China LDCs and Accessions Programme (China Programme)
  • China’s contribution to the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement Facility Trust Fund

14:10 – 14:20 Group Photograph

14:20 – 14:50 Coffee Break

WTO Accessions: Expanding and Strengthening the Rules-based Multilateral Trading System

Moderator: H.E Mr. Zhang Xiangchen, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the People's Republic of China to the WTO

14:50 – 15:50 Panellists

  • Ambassador Vladimir Serpikov, Chief Negotiator on the accession of Belarus
  • Mr. Carlos Gimeno, Senior Adviser, European Commission
  • Mr. Saleh Al Husseini, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the WTO
  • H.E. Ms. Khadra Ahmed Dualeh, Minister of Commerce & Industry, Somalia

Followed by open discussion

Building a Network to Promote Accessions: Connect — Share — Learn

Moderator: Ambassador Chiedu Osakwe, Director-General and Chief Negotiator, Nigerian Office for Trade Negotiations and Former Director of the Accessions Division, WTO

15:50 – 17:00 Panellists

  • H.E. Mr. Axel Addy, Minister of Commerce and Industry and former Chief Negotiator for the Accession of Liberia
  • H.E. Mrs. Khemmani Pholsena, Minister of Industry and Commerce, former Chief Negotiator for the Accession of Lao PDR
  • Ms. Zhanar Aitzhanova, Ambassador/Permanent Representative to the WTO and former Chief Negotiator for the Accession of Kazakhstan
  • Mr. Maxim Medvedkov, Director of Trade Negotiations Department, Ministry of Economic Development, former Chief Negotiator for the Accession of the Russian Federation
  • Ms. Hilda Ali Al-Hinai, Deputy Permanent Representative of Oman to the WTO and Former Working Party Chairperson on the Accession of Seychelles
  • Mr. Farhat Farhat, Independent Trade Policy Advisor

Followed by open discussion



The Sixth China Round Table is sponsored by the Government of China, hosted by the Government of Argentina, and organized by the WTO Secretariat, as part of the agreed activities in the China-WTO MOU

For questions and inquiries on the Sixth China Round Table, please contact co-coordinators:

In July 2011, the Government of the People's Republic of China signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the WTO on the China LDCs' and Accessions Programme ("The China Programme").  The China Programme finances the WTO Accessions Internship Programme and the annual Accession Round Table process, designed to build capacity and technical skills in trade policy, including on accession negotiations, for least-developed and developing countries. The China Programme also funds the participation of LDCs in selected WTO meetings that LDCs themselves identify as priority. 


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