WTO Director General Meets with Cameroon’s Trade Minister

On 28 June, Luc Magloire Mbarga Atangana, Cameroon’s Trade Minister, met with World Trade Organization Director General, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. Their discussions focused on organizing the 14th WTO Ministerial Conference, scheduled to take place in Yaoundé in early 2026.

This meeting was held during the 9th Aid for Trade Review in Geneva, from 26 to 28 June 2024. Cameroon and the WTO laid the groundwork for the upcoming conference. The WTO Secretariat has planned missions to Cameroon in the coming days to finalize arrangements.

Key attendees included Mr. Bright Okogu, Director of the Cabinet of the WTO DG; Mr. Santiago Wills, Director of Councils and Trade Negotiations; Mr. Yuvan Beejadhur, Technical Advisor to the WTO DG; and SE Salomon EHETH, Cameroon’s Ambassador to the WTO.

They were joined by officials from Cameroon’s Mission in Geneva, including M. Thomas Ndongo Onana and M. Georges Stéphane Etoh, and Mr. Olinga Narcisse Ghislain, Deputy Director of Trade Exchanges at the Ministry of Commerce.

The discussions praised the strong relations between Cameroon and the World Trade Organization. Cameroon’s active role in the WTO, especially through its Permanent Mission in Geneva, was acknowledged. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala commended Cameroon’s progress on ratifying the WTO’s Agreement on Fisheries Subsidies, highlighting ongoing efforts in the country’s Parliament.

The WTO DG also congratulated Minister Mbarga Atangana for his impressive contribution to the panel on food security and trade during the Aid for Trade Review. She noted his confidence, expertise, and leadership.

Minister Mbarga Atangana, in turn, praised Okonjo-Iweala’s dynamic leadership at the World Trade Organization, which has revitalised the organisation and restored hope for development-oriented trade.

Both sides also discussed objectives for the Yaoundé conference, with a particular focus on concluding agricultural trade negotiations, given the critical role of agriculture in food security and development.

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