By Christine Lagat NAIROBI (Xinhua)
-- Kenya’s ministry of foreign
affairs will this week convene a forum on fast-tracking
the process of joining World Trade Organization(WTO) by
countries in the greater Horn of Africa region.
Affairs Cabinet Secretary, Amina Mohamed, said the Aug.
28-30 regional conference will build on previous
initiatives aimed at facilitating Horn of Africa
countries to become part of the multilateral trading
regional dialogue meeting has been convened for four
African countries from the greater horn of Africa region
that are in the process of acceding to WTO,” said
countries include Union of Comoros, Federal Republic of
Ethiopia, Federal Republic of Somalia and Republic of
which has expressed interest to join WTO will also
participate, she added.
minister revealed that China, Liberia, Oman, Yemen and
Seychelles have also been invited to attend the regional
participation is significant as they are expected to
share their accession experiences,” said Mohamed, adding
that representatives of multilateral institutions and
regional trade blocs will also be in attendance.
policymakers, diplomats and experts from the Horn of
Africa region will attend the Nairobi forum that aims to
revitalize the momentum towards securing membership to
delegates will agree on a raft of resolutions aimed at
positioning Horn of Africa states to become key players
in global trade.
regional dialogue conference will offer a platform to
exchange experiences and lessons learned from accession
processes in the region. Delegates will reflect on ways
in which the WTO membership can foster regional
integration and cooperation,” Mohamed told reporters.
the forum will inspire other African countries to lend
support towards establishment of a fair multilateral
the 10th WTO Ministerial Conference (MC10) in
December 2015 when Liberia and Afghanistan formally
the Nairobi meeting laid a foundation for a just and
inclusive global trading system that has inspired
confidence among African states.
8 out of 21 countries on the queue for WTO membership
are from Africa and several lie within the greater horn
of Africa,” said Mohamed.
disclosed that Kenya will provide technical expertise to
neighboring countries to hasten their accession to WTO.