Geneva: CSG Patricia Scotland signs MoU with WTO’s DG Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

On Saturday, June 11, 2022, Patricia Scotland landed in Geneva and conducted meetings with delegations of the World Trade Organization. While expressing pleasure, Patricia Scotland noted,” Delighted to be back in #Geneva to sign an MoU with my dear sister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala ahead of #MC12.”

Geneva: CSG Patricia Scotland signs MoU with WTO's DG Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
Geneva: CSG Patricia Scotland signs MoU with WTO's DG Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Caribbean: Patricia Scotland- sixth and first lady Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, landed in Geneva to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with Director general of World Trade Organization Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala ahead of MC 12. 

On Saturday, June 11, 2022, Patricia Scotland landed in Geneva and conducted meetings with delegations of the World Trade Organization. While expressing pleasure, Patricia Scotland noted,” Delighted to be back in #Geneva to sign an MoU with my dear sister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala ahead of #MC12.” 

She also outlined some theatrical aspects of the MoU and stated that this MoU has been made to stronger and build friendly relations between the Commonwealth and the World Trade Organization (WTO). With the help of the memorandum, the countries under the Commonwealth would be assisted in their trade capacity and their business and economic aspects will be stronger.

CSG Scotland asserted,” This MoU formalizes the strong and positive The Commonwealth and World Trade Organization – WTO relationship to support and strengthen the #trade capacity of #Commonwealth member countries.” 

Patricia also stressed that the timing is perfect for the signifying ceremony of the memorandum,” This MoU couldn’t have come at a better time.” 

Shedding light upon the significance of the MC12, Patricia Scotland exclaimed that with MC12, she is looking forward to addressing some of the most challenging trade issues, especially for those countries which are under development and small island nations. 

She emphasized,” With MC12 and CHOGM2022 CBF2022 running consecutively, I look forward to continuing discussions to deliver concrete outcomes that will address some of the most challenging trade issues, particularly for Commonwealth Small States.” 

Through the MoU, both the organizations will be enabled to collaborate on trade-related matters and technical assistance. It will also help to strengthen the efforts of trade capacity building for the member countries of the Commonwealth and the acceding countries. 

The two organizations also nodded to cooperation on outreach initiatives, targeting key holders for the countries in Commonwealth. The MoU also featured an element of research and analysis of issues that have particular relevance to Commonwealth members with respect to WTO activities.