Press Release on the Statement by Cuba at the 10th Ministerial Conference of the WTO, Nairobi, Kenya.
Cuba reaffirmed in the Ministerial Conference of the WTO the need to give continuity to the Doha Development Agenda.
Geneva, December 17, 2015. The Deputy Minister of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment of Cuba, Ileana Nuñez Mordoche, addressed the plenary session of the Tenth Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO), held in Nairobi, Kenya.
In her statement, the Head of the Cuban delegation stressed the apparent lack of political will of the developed countries, which has been present in breach of all ministerial mandates on development and issues related to the least developed countries. She said the intention of some developed countries to limit the special and differential treatment for developing countries is alarming, when the essential part of this organization is to ensure the participation and inclusion of all in the world trade.
The Deputy Minister said that the Doha Development Round should continue so as to achieve the result for which the Ministers, by mutual agreement, decided in 2001 to launch these negotiations. If the mandate is not met, it would jeopardize the credibility of WTO. She pointed out that the needs and interests of the developing countries, especially the least developed, should be the focus of the work programme.
She noted that Cuba does not favour the introduction of a new agenda to replace or divert the attention from the negotiations of the Doha Round and that the Doha Development Agenda should be completed before starting discussions on new issues in the Organization.
The top representative of Cuba at this meeting reported that Cuba has been the victim for more than 50 years of the fiercest economic, commercial and financial blockade that has taken place in the history of humanity, which is the greatest violation of the principles and rules of the multilateral trading system. She said that this policy remains in force despite the restoration of relations between the United States and Cuba and the mutual interest to normalize the relations.
Policies like this, which hamper and hinder the development of the peoples, should have no place in today's world much less within an organization that promotes free trade for the welfare and development of its members, she said.
The demand for the continuity of the Doha Agenda was present in most of the speeches of the delegations from developing countries attending this Ministerial Conference.
Permanent Mission of Cuba, Geneva.