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Trade Talks in Nairobi Can Deliver a Transformed World
After a long and winding journey that started when the World Trade Organization first chose Nairobi as the venue for its 10th Ministerial Conference, known by the acronym MC10, the time has come for us to actualize the dream of hosting the world in Africa. The meeting kicks off on Tuesday in Nairobi, where we expect to receive thousands of visitors.
It has been a year of hard work and tough negotiations. It has been a year of give-and-take as more than 160 member countries weighed in on diverse trade issues, asking what will work best for different members and for the world.
It hasn't been easy; there is still a lot of ground to be covered in the coming week. But I am glad that we have kept an unequivocal focus on making sure that trade plays a powerful role as an instrument of growth in the world. That work will be taken to the next level in Nairobi, where we hope for a binding agreement on diverse issues that will impact world trade for many years to come.
While the conference is taking place in Nairobi, it is important to underline that this is not just about Kenya. It is about Africa. Nairobi will be flying the flag for the whole continent at this, the first meeting of the WTO in Africa at this level.