WTO / MINISTERIAL CONFERENCE CHAIRPERSON ELECTED

24-Jul-2023 00:03:56
The 13th Ministerial Conference (MC13) of the World Trade Organization (WTO) will be held in Abu Dhabi from 26 to 29 February 2024. The General Council also formally elected Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, the Minister of State for Foreign Trade of the United Arab Emirates, to chair the 13th session of the Ministerial Conference. WTO
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STORY: WTO / MINISTERIAL CONFERENCE CHAIRPERSON ELECTED
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SOURCE: WTO
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DATELINE: 24 JULY 2023, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
SHOTLIST
1. Wide shot, UAE Minister Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi is walking towards the General Council Room of the WTO alongside other officials.
2. Wide shot, pan right, UAE Minister Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi is walking towards the General Council Room of the WTO alongside other officials.
3. Wide shot, pan right, officials in the WTO meeting room before the start of the General Council
4. Wide shot, WTO officials before the start of the General Council.
5. Med shot, WTO officials before the start of the General Council.
6. Med shot, UAE Minister Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi and officials in the WTO General Council room.
7. Med shot, UAE Minister Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi and officials in the WTO General Council room.
8. Wide shot, pan right, General Council under way.
9. Med shot, General Council under way
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Ambassador Athaliah Lesiba Molokomme, WTO General Council Chair:
“I'm pleased to indicate Monday 26 - Thursday, 29th February 2024, as the precise date for the 13th Ministerial Conference (MC13). I trust this is acceptable. I would also like to take this opportunity to inform delegations that MC13 will take place in the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.”
11. Wide shot, General Council under way.
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Ambassador Athaliah Lesiba Molokomme, WTO General Council Chair:
“I propose that today the General Council formally agrees to elect His Excellency, Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, the Minister of State for Foreign Trade of the United Arab Emirates to chair the 13th session of the Ministerial Conference, MC13. Can I take it that this is agreeable? The GC so agrees.”
13. Wide shot, conference room
14. SOUNDBITE (English) UAE Minister Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi:
“The UAE is fully committed to working closely with all Member States in ensuring the success of MC13 said to be held in Abu Dhabi in 2024. However, this leaves us with less than six months to forge consensus on a range of complex topics ahead of MC13. During this critical time, we must ensure that our ministerial deliberations are both decisive and efficient. It has become clear that trade policy extended far beyond the scope of trade itself. It is about shaping our common future that takes into account environment, global health and poverty. It is our collective responsibility to contribute to predictable rules based on open trade and investment, an environment that creates prosperity for all.”
15. Wide shot, conference room

16. SOUNDBITE (English) UAE Minister Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi:
”I urge us to look forward toward the future with optimism and confidence. Together, we have the power to shape a more prosperous and inclusive world through international trade and cooperation. Let us seize the opportunities before us and work hand in hand towards a successful MC13 and a promising future of the WTO.”
17. Wide shot, conference room
18. SOUNDBITE (English) Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, WTO Director-General
“Let me join the General Council Chairperson in congratulating His Excellency Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi for his election as chairperson of the 13th WTO Ministerial Conference. This is a testament to the WTO membership's confidence in your ability to ensure a productive and meaningful MC13. One that we all want to deliver for people.”
19. Med shot, General Council meeting under way.
20. Med shot, General Council meeting under way.
21. Med shot, pan left, General Council meeting under way.
22. Wide shot, pan right, General Council meeting under way.
23. Wide shot, pan right, General Council meeting under way.
24. Med shot, pan left, General Council meeting under way.
25. Wide shot, pan left, General Council meeting under way.
26. Close-up, country names plates during General Council.
27. Close-up, WTO Members during General Council meeting.
28. Med shot, WTO Members during General Council meeting.
29. Med shot, WTO Members during General Council meeting.
30. Med shot, WTO Members during General Council meeting.
31. Med shot, WTO Members during General Council meeting.
32. Med shot, WTO Members during General Council meeting.
33. Med shot, WTO Members during General Council meeting.
34. Med shot, WTO Members during General Council meeting.
STORYLINE
The 13th Ministerial Conference (MC13) of the World Trade Organization (WTO) will be held in Abu Dhabi from 26 to 29 February 2024. The General Council also formally elected Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, the Minister of State for Foreign Trade of the United Arab Emirates, to chair the 13th session of the Ministerial Conference.


SOUNDBITE (English) UAE Minister Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi said, “The UAE is fully committed to working closely with all Member States in ensuring the success of MC13 said to be held in Abu Dhabi in 2024.”

However, the UAE Minister continued, “this leaves us with less than six months to forge consensus on a range of complex topics ahead of MC13. During this critical time, we must ensure that our ministerial deliberations are both decisive and efficient. It has become clear that trade policy extended far beyond the scope of trade itself. It is about shaping our common future that takes into account environment, global health and poverty. It is our collective responsibility to contribute to predictable rules based on open trade and investment, an environment that creates prosperity for all.”

He also urged the international community to “look forward toward the future with optimism and confidence. Together, we have the power to shape a more prosperous and inclusive world through international trade and cooperation. Let us seize the opportunities before us and work hand in hand towards a successful MC13 and a promising future of the WTO.”

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, WTO Director-General said, “Let me join the General Council Chairperson in congratulating His Excellency Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi for his election as chairperson of the 13th WTO Ministerial Conference. This is a testament to the WTO membership's confidence in your ability to ensure a productive and meaningful MC13. One that we all want to deliver for people.”
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