International Finance

New Zealand gives CHF 21,000 for LDCs’ effective participation in WTO Ministerial Conference

Conference will be held on 10-13 December 2017 in Buenos Aires, Argentina

The government of New Zealand is contributing CHF 21,000 (approximately NZD 30,000) to support the participation of least-developed countries (LDCs) in the eleventh WTO Ministerial Conference (MC11), which will take place on 10-13 December 2017 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Director-General Roberto Azevêdo said: “New Zealand’s donation will be key to support the effective participation of LDCs in the upcoming WTO Ministerial Conference, thereby promoting their further integration into the global trading system. I welcome New Zealand’s continued generosity.”

New Zealand’s Ambassador, David Walker, said: “New Zealand is strongly committed to a rules-based multilateral trading system in which all WTO members can participate effectively. We are therefore pleased to be contributing to helping least-developed countries from the Pacific region take part in the Buenos Aires Ministerial Conference, which represents the highest level of the WTO decision-making process.”

New Zealand has contributed over CHF 1.5 million (over NZD 2 million) to WTO trust funds over the last 15 years.

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