Welcome   Sponsored By
Subscribe | Register | Advertise | Newsletter | About us | Contact us
   


New Director-General of the World Trade Organisation Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, centre

In 1st Day on Job, New WTO Chief Pushes for Fisheries Deal

Click on the flag for more information about Switzerland SWITZERLAND
Tuesday, March 02, 2021, 08:00 (GMT + 9)

GENEVA - The new head of the World Trade Organization threw her support behind long-fruitless efforts among member countries to agree on fisheries subsidies that could reduce overfishing, calling the efforts a top priority as she took office on Monday.
 
Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, a Nigerian economist and former government minister, donned a mask and doled out elbow bumps — COVID-19 oblige — as she took up the job at WTO headquarters on the banks of Lake Geneva.
 
“I am coming into one of the most important institutions in the world and we have a lot of work to do,” said Okonjo-Iweala, 66, who is both the first woman and the first African to hold the job. “I feel ready to go.”
 
Negotiators have been tasked with striking an agreement that could help eliminate subsidies for illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, and prohibit some fisheries subsidies that contribute to overcapacity and overfishing.
 
Member states of the WTO, which works to craft accords that can ensure smooth international trade, have struggled to reach an agreement on fisheries after roughly two decades of work. Okonjo-Iweala called for finalizing the negotiations “as soon as possible,” and credited Colombian ambassador Santiago Wills, who chairs the talks on fisheries subsidies, for his “really hard" work.
 
“My presence is to try and support him proactively to try and unblock the situation so he can complete the fantastic work he has been doing,” she said alongside Wills as they met with various advocacy groups outside the WTO gates. “It has been 20 years — and 20 years is enough.”
 
“Things are not easy when members are negotiating and there are still a lot of critical issues that need to be sorted out,” she said. "But we are hopeful.”
 
Wills said it was “music to my ears to see on the first day the (director general) comes here and makes a statement on the fisheries negotiations.”
 
Okonjo-Iweala's first day also consisted of meeting staffers and attending her first meeting of the General Council, made up of top envoys from the trade body’s 164 member states. The closed-door council meeting was largely held by videoconference because of measures aimed to fight the pandemic.
 
Okonjo-Iweala’s victory in the race last fall was delayed largely because the U.S. administration under Donald Trump supported another candidate. Her appointment came through last month when the Biden administration cleared the way for her selection at the trade body, whose rules require consensus.
 
The WTO is facing headwinds such as rising protectionism. Its dispute settlement system has been blocked because the U.S. has almost singlehandedly prevented appointments to its Appellate Body — a rough equivalent to an appeals court.
 
Okonjo-Iweala said last month that “wide-ranging reforms” are needed, vowing that a first priority would be to address the economic and health consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic — such as by working to lift export restrictions on supplies and vaccines to get them distributed to countries in need.

editorial@seafood.media
www.seafood.media


 Print


Click to know how to advertise in FIS
MORE NEWS
Norway
Apr 16, 18:00 (GMT + 9):
Salmon Evolution Holding ASA – Signed committed term sheet for NOK 625 million debt financing package
Mexico
Apr 16, 07:00 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Crab ban season will begin in Sinaloa in May
Ecuador
Apr 16, 06:00 (GMT + 9):
What influences Ecuador to sell more shrimp in the United States?
Argentina
Apr 16, 05:00 (GMT + 9):
SOMU agreement with Freezer shipwners Chambers
United States
Apr 16, 04:00 (GMT + 9):
Catch and production DAP | Alaska Pollock: surimi, Fillet-H&G-Mince │ week 13
United States
Apr 16, 04:00 (GMT + 9):
Products derived from alaska pollock and pacific cod (NMFS of DAP in GOA-BSAI): surimi, fillet, roe, fishmeal and shirako | week 13
United States
Apr 16, 04:00 (GMT + 9):
Weekly production of Alaskan pollock roe (DAP in BSAI/GOA) | week 13
United States
Apr 16, 04:00 (GMT + 9):
Alaska pollock catches in season A (DAP in NMFS count) | week 13
Chile
Apr 16, 00:00 (GMT + 9):
Other media | Sernapesca: Sernapesca reports on progress in the withdrawal of mortality due to FAN contingency
Republic of Ireland
Apr 16, 00:00 (GMT + 9):
Other Media | Industrias Pesqueras: Ireland launches 2021 action plan to achieve a 'sustainable, innovative and competitive' fisheries sector
United States
Apr 16, 00:00 (GMT + 9):
Other Media | SeafoodSource: Biden wants 25 percent funding increase for NOAA
United States
Apr 15, 21:00 (GMT + 9):
An urchin opportunity awaits in New England
Russian Federation
Apr 15, 20:30 (GMT + 9):
Federal Fisheries Agency announced the second stage of the pollock program
Kenya
Apr 15, 19:00 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Tana Officials Impound Trawler Practising Illegal Fishing
South Korea
Apr 15, 19:00 (GMT + 9):
Imports of frozen rays from Argentina represent 46% of the total



Lenguaje
FEATURED EVENTS
  
TOP STORIES
More than one hundred and thirty boats ready to fish shrimp
Panama With the traditional firing of sparklers, authorities of the National Government announced the start of the departure of more than one hundred and thirty boats to the sea. With this, the first closing...
WWF welcomes red light on orange roughy MSC certification
Australia For the second time this year, an attempt to have the orange roughy fishery in eastern Tasmanian certified “sustainable” has been unsuccessful. In 2020, an independent assessor, hired by fishin...
Tesco, Asda, Morrisons, Aldi, Lidl and Sainsbury's rules on plastic bags and packaging
United Kingdom From now on, you will only be able to buy a paper bag in Morrisons Shoppers who visit the supermarket chain Morrisons will no longer be able to pick up a plastic bag in their local store.   Mo...
Statistics │ Import │Mackerel │ by country │ 2019-20-21
China Source: FIS by seafood.media | Click to enlarge it   editorial@seafood.media www.seafood.media...
 

Maruha Nichiro Corporation
Nichirei Corporation - Headquarters
Pesquera El Golfo S.A.
Ventisqueros - Productos del Mar Ventisqueros S.A
Wärtsilä Corporation - Wartsila Group Headquarters
ITOCHU Corporation - Headquarters
BAADER - Nordischer Maschinenbau Rud. Baader GmbH+Co.KG (Head Office)
Inmarsat plc - Global Headquarters
Marks & Spencer
Tesco PLC (Supermarket) - Headquarters
Sea Harvest Corporation (PTY) Ltd. - Group Headquarters
I&J - Irvin & Johnson Holding Company (Pty) Ltd.
AquaChile S.A. - Group Headquarters
Pesquera San Jose S.A.
Nutreco N.V. - Head Office
CNFC China National Fisheries Corporation - Group Headquarters
W. van der Zwan & Zn. B.V.
SMMI - Sunderland Marine Mutual Insurance Co., Ltd. - Headquarters
Icicle Seafoods, Inc
Starkist Seafood Co. - Headquearters
Trident Seafoods Corp.
American Seafoods Group LLC - Head Office
Marel - Group Headquarters
SalMar ASA - Group Headquarters
Sajo Industries Co., Ltd
Hansung Enterprise Co.,Ltd.
BIM - Irish Sea Fisheries Board (An Bord Iascaigh Mhara)
CEFAS - Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science
COPEINCA ASA - Corporacion Pesquera Inca S.A.C.
Chun Cheng Fishery Enterprise Pte Ltd.
VASEP - Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters & Producers
Gomes da Costa
Furuno Electric Co., Ltd. (Headquarters)
NISSUI - Nippon Suisan Kaisha, Ltd. - Group Headquarters
FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization - Fisheries and Aquaculture Department (Headquarter)
Hagoromo Foods Co., Ltd.
Koden Electronics Co., Ltd. (Headquarters)
A.P. Møller - Maersk A/S - Headquarters
BVQI - Bureau Veritas Quality International (Head Office)
UPS - United Parcel Service, Inc. - Headquarters
Brim ehf (formerly HB Grandi Ltd) - Headquarters
Hamburg Süd Group - (Headquearters)
Armadora Pereira S.A. - Grupo Pereira Headquarters
NOAA - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Headquarters)
Mowi ASA (formerly Marine Harvest ASA) - Headquarters
Marubeni Europe Plc -UK-
Findus Ltd
Icom Inc. (Headquarter)
WWF Centroamerica
Oceana Group Limited
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
Ajinomoto Co., Inc. - Headquarters
Friosur S.A. - Headquarters
Cargill, Incorporated - Global Headquarters
Benihana Inc.
Leardini Pescados Ltda
CJ Corporation  - Group Headquarters
Greenpeace International - The Netherlands | Headquarters
David Suzuki Foundation
Fisheries and Oceans Canada -Communications Branch-
Mitsui & Co.,Ltd - Headquarters
NOREBO Group (former Ocean Trawlers Group)
Natori Co., Ltd.
Carrefour Supermarket - Headquarters
FedEx Corporation - Headquarters
Cooke Inc. - Group Headquarters
AKBM - Aker BioMarine ASA
Seafood Choices Alliance -Headquarter-
Austevoll Seafood ASA
Walmart | Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (Supermarket) - Headquarters
New Japan Radio Co.Ltd (JRC) -Head Office-
Gulfstream JSC
Marine Stewardship Council - MSC Worldwide Headquarters
Royal Dutch Shell plc (Headquarter)
Genki Sushi Co.,Ltd -Headquarter-
Iceland Pelagic ehf
AXA Assistance Argentina S.A.
Caterpillar Inc. - Headquarters
Tiger Brands Limited
SeaChoice
National Geographic Society
AmazonFresh, LLC - AmazonFresh

Copyright 1995 - 2021 Seafood Media Group Ltd.| All Rights Reserved.   DISCLAIMER