The Antilles nation presented its criteria during a thematic session of the XII. World Trade Organization Ministerial Conference
Cuban Deputy Minister for Foreign Trade and Foreign Investments Déborah Rivas pointed out that the reform system must be based on inclusion and development. (Photo: PL)
Cuba this Wednesday called on the World Trade Organization (WTO) reform process not to accept inherited inequalities or proposals that exacerbate imbalances between countries.
During a thematic session of the XII. At the WTO Ministerial Conference, Deputy Minister for Foreign Trade and Foreign Investments of the Antilles nation, Déborah Rivas, stressed that the reform system must be based on inclusion and development.
He added that, in addition, the principles of the multilateral trading system must be upheld, development must remain at the heart of the work, special and unequal treatment must be reaffirmed, and pending mandates fulfilled.
Among the challenges facing the WTO, some of them ahead of the multidimensional crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Deputy Minister cited the increase and intensification of the use of unilateral and non-tariff measures and the paralysis of the Doha Round development.
In general, the island defends the right of all countries to trade fairly, equitably and non-discriminatory as long as consensus, inclusion, transparency and the effective participation of all member states are ensured.
It was also learned during the day that the ministerial conference will extend its meetings until tomorrow Friday to reach agreements on issues such as fisheries and anti-Covid19 vaccine patents.