Declaration by the ALBA countries in the Closing Session of the Tenth Ministerial Conference of the WTO, Nairobi, Kenya.
STATEMENT BY H.E. Ms. ILEANA NÚÑEZ MORDOCHE, HEAD OF THE CUBAN DELEGATION ON BEHALF OF THE MEMBER STATES OF THE BOLIVARIAN ALLIANCE FOR THE PEOPLES OF OUR AMERICA (ALBA) IN THE CLOSING SESSION OF THE TENTH MINISTERIAL CONFERENCE OF THE WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION (WTO)
Mr. Director General,
Ministers, delegates and guests,
My delegation wishes to speak on behalf of Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador, Nicaragua and Venezuela, members of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America. We request that this declaration be included in the official records of the Conference.
We appreciate the intensive efforts to reach an outcome in this Tenth Ministerial Conference of the WTO.
Our countries deeply regret that the reaffirmation of the Doha Agenda has not been reflected in an explicit and firm way in the Ministerial Declaration of Nairobi, after fourteen years of intense work to contribute to the development in this Organization.
We warn that this decision will have serious consequences for the defense of the interests of most developing countries in any future work, even for the weakest as the Least Developed Countries and Small and Vulnerable Economies.
Attached to this serious situation, other issues are tried to be introduced, without having completed most of the mandates of the Doha Round.
We will not relent in defending the Doha Round at a time when not all the mandates have yet been completed in the multilateral architecture built for over ten years. Otherwise we would be failing to the commitment made by the Ministers and would be threatening the credibility of this Organization.
We will neither accept compromises on new issues that lead to the introduction of WTO-plus standards, or the establishment of new rules limiting our space in policy, the special and differential treatment and the sovereign exercise of our States.
We are deeply concerned that negotiations on the core issues of this Organization are conducted among a very few countries to then be submitted to the vast majority which is us, the developing countries.
We reiterate our firm commitment to defend the continuation and conclusion of all mandates of the Doha Development Agenda. We will continue supporting multilateralism and a multilateral system of fair, equitable and non-discriminatory trade, so as to reduce the existing imbalances and promote the sustainable development of our peoples.