Geneva - Under the Theme “Trade Works”, the working session “Fostering the Participation of MSMEs in Regional and Global Markets” organized by the Philippine Mission to the WTO drew interests from the participations of the public forum event. There are more than 80 working sessions and at least 10 sessions all happening at the same time, but the session on MSMEs was able to stimulate a healthy debate on why and how global cooperation would be critical in making trade work for MSMEs.
The Public Forum is the WTO’s largest annual outreach event, which provides a platform for participants to discuss the latest developments in world trade and to propose ways of enhancing the multilateral trading system. The event regularly attracts over 1,500 representatives from civil society, academia, business, the media, governments, parliamentarians and inter-governmental organizations.
The public forum with its wide participation and representation is the right platform for MSMEs interests to be heard. The working session brought together Philippines Trade Minister Gregory Domingo, International Trade Center (ITC) Executive Director Ms. Arancha Gonzalez, Senior Director for Trade and Competitiveness of the World Bank Group Ms. Anabel Gonzalez, Deputy Director General of UNCTAD Mr. Joakim Reiter, and Deputy Director General of the WTO Mr. Ziaozhun Yi. The session was moderated by Philippine Mission to the WTO Permanent Representative Ambassador Esteban Conejos, Jr.Continue reading