Trade and Industry Minister Lim Hng Kiang heads to Kenya for WTO conference

SINGAPORE - Issues relating to the latest round of trade negotiations among the World Trade Organisation's (WTO) membership, is one of many items on Minister for Trade and Industry (Trade) Lim Hng Kiang's agenda as he heads to Kenya for a ministerial conference this week.

Mr Lim will join officials from over 160 member states at the four-day 10th WTO Ministerial Conference in Nairobi, Kenya, from Tuesday (Dec 15).

Ministers will discuss at the conference issues relating to the Doha Development Agenda (DDA) negotiations - the latest round of trade negotiations among the WTO's membership.

While in Kenya, Mr Lim will also call on Kenyan Cabinet secretaries and meet representatives of Kenyan companies to discuss developments in Kenya's economy and opportunities in sectors like transport and logistics, urban solutions and agribusiness.

The Ministry of Trade and Industry said in a statement that the WTO is the cornerstone of Singapore's trade policy. "The rules-based multilateral trading system embodied in the WTO enables trade to flow freely and predictably, which is essential for a trading nation such as Singapore," it said.

The 10th WTO Ministerial Conference is the first WTO Ministerial Conference to be held in Africa, and it will mark the 20th anniversary of the WTO's establishment.

Mr Lim will be accompanied by officials from the Ministry of Trade and Industry, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Attorney-General's Chambers.

jkoh@sph.com.sg