CPA Small Branches Chairperson highlights trade barriers for small jurisdictions at 42nd Session of the Steering Committee of the Parliamentary Conference on the World Trade Organisation 

The Chairperson of the CPA Small Branches, Hon. Angelo Farrugia MP, Speaker of the Parliament of Malta participated in the 42nd Session of the Steering Committee of the Parliamentary Conference on the World Trade Organisation (WTO) on behalf of the CPA, which took place in Geneva, Switzerland on 5 October 2018. The Parliamentary Conference on the WTO (PCWTO) is organised jointly by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the European Parliament, and its Steering Committee met ahead of the 2018 annual session of the PCWTO.

The CPA Small Branches Chairperson proposed the enhancement of the PCWTO through the alignment of its agenda with that of the WTO Ministerial Conference, with a view to informing the WTO Ministerial Conference on the parliamentary perspective and mobilising parliamentary action. He also spoke about the participation of the PCWTO in the Commonwealth and reported on discussions that took place on trade at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) earlier this year in London. The CPA Small Branches Chairperson also highlighted the greater impact of climate change on small states as an important issue in relation to non-discriminatory, multilateral trading systems and the impact of trade processes on smaller jurisdictions. 

According to the rules of procedure for the Parliamentary Conference on the WTO, the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) is one of the international organisations represented on the Steering Committee. The following CPA Branches are also currently represented on the Steering Committee of the PCWTO: Botswana, Cameroon, India, Singapore, South Africa, and Tanzania. The Co-Chair of the Steering Committee of the PCWTO is Hon. Mensah-Williams, Chairperson of the National Council of Namibia.

The Steering Committee also discussed recent developments at the WTO, the follow-up to the 2017 annual session, and the forthcoming 2018 annual session of the Parliamentary Conference on the WTO, due to take place in Geneva on 6 and 7 December 2018. 

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Updated 18th October 2018.

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