IN spite of Fiji’s limited human and capital resources, it places great importance on the need to actively participate in the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) forums.

Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Lands and Mineral Resources Hon. Faiyaz Siddiq Koya said this and further emphasised on the action Fiji had taken to enhance its participation.

“The setting up of the Fijian Mission in Geneva in 2014, is a testimony of our determination. We are working hard to ensure that the small voice of the Pacific is heard, both in WTO negotiations and in its regular work.”

Koya delivered his remarks this morning at the Regional Workshop on the Eleventh Ministerial Conference (MC11) and Post MC 11 work that is being attended by the six Pacific Island Countries who are WTO members including Fiji.

The opening session of the four-day workshop being held at the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat in Suva also heard from the Director-General of WTO, Mr Roberto Azevêdo who reminded the PICs that their contribution to negotiations and discussion were crucial seeing that they face unique challenges.

The workshop has been jointly organised by the PIF Secretariat and the WTO.

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