WTO / LDC GRADUATION

23-Oct-2023 00:05:07
During a first ever meeting of senior officials of all members in Geneva, the World Trade Organization reached an important milestone today, in the global efforts to support least-developed countries (LDCs) on the path to graduation from LDC status. The decision was taken as Senior Officials gather to prepare for the 13th WTO Ministerial Conference (MC13), scheduled for February 2024 in Abu Dhabi. WTO
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STORY: WTO / LDC GRADUATION
TRT: 5:06
SOURCE: WTO
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 23 OCT 2023, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
SHOTLIST
1. Wide shot, delegates arriving for the meeting of Senior Officials at the WTO
2. Wide shot, delegates arriving for the meeting of Senior Officials at the WTO
3. Wide shot, Athaliah Lesiba Molokomme, Ambassador of Botswana and Chair of the WTO General Council, arrives for the meeting of Senior Officials at the WTO
4. Wide shot, Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala arrives for the meeting
5. Wide shot, delegates preparing for the meeting
6. Med shot, view of officials on the podium as meeting starts
7. Wide shot, officials on the podium
8. Wide shot, officials on the podium as Amb Molokomme speaks
9. Wide shot, meeting under way
10. Med shot, delegations as Kadra Ahmed Hassan, Djibouti Ambassador and Coordinator, WTO group of Least-Developed Countries, makes a statement
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Kadra Ahmed Hassan, Djibouti Ambassador and Coordinator, WTO group of Least-Developed Countries:
“We believe that the WTO is addressing its responsibility to support its LDC members' transition to a new phase of sustainable development. All LDCs will graduate sooner or later. We all look forward to that. The main purpose of our group's submission was to establish a smooth transition mechanism at WTO, which will provide predictability and certainty to help such countries graduate with momentum.”
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Athaliah Lesiba Molokomme, Botswana ambassador and chair of the WTO General Council:
“I now propose that the General Council adopt the draft decision contained in document WT/GC/W/901.”
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Athaliah Lesiba Molokomme, Botswana ambassador and chair of the WTO General Council”
“May I take it that this is agreeable? The General Council so agrees.”
14. Wide shot, meeting under way
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Athaliah Lesiba Molokomme, Botswana ambassador and chair of the WTO General Council:
"This is commendable and inspiring, and hopefully puts the work and discussions that lie ahead of us today and tomorrow on a positive trajectory."
16. SOUNDBITE (English) Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, WTO Director-General:
“We have now delivered the LDC graduation. With this decision, the WTO is sending a strong political signal that we can deliver for our most vulnerable members and help them achieve their developmental objectives. This milestone decision is reason to celebrate.”
17. SOUNDBITE (English) Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, WTO Director-General:
"Your enthusiasm is testament to your commitment to the WTO and the multilateral trading system. But the presence of so many high level officials here also means that you have to make it count. You have to move the dial so that we are meaningfully closer to delivering results when ministers meet at MC13."
18. Med shot, pan left, delegates during meeting
19. SOUNDBITE (English) Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, WTO Director-General
“Excellencies, the world is looking to the WTO and other multilateral institutions to show that we can contribute to solutions and bring a bit of certainty in a sea of uncertainty. That is why, at MC13, we need to show the world some solid deliverables on all fronts.”
20. Med shot, pan right, delegates during meeting.
21. SOUNDBITE (English) Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, WTO Director-General
“My expectation is that when you leave Geneva, you will have with you a document that shows that you have delivered tangible outcomes in the form of decisions, political guidance, political support and solutions-oriented deliberations.”
22. Wide shot, meeting under way
23. Wide shot, pan right, meeting under way
24. Wide shot, pan right, meeting under way
25. Wide shot, pan left, DG Okonjo-Iweala speaks during meeting
26. Med shot, pan right, DG Okonjo-Iweala speaks during meeting
27. Wide shot, pan right, meeting under way
28. Wide shot, pan left, meeting under way
29. Wide shot, pan right, meeting under way
30. Med shot, pan left, delegates during meeting
31. Med shot, pan left, delegates during meeting
32. Med shot, delegate delivers report to senior officials
33. Med shot, delegate delivers report to senior officials
34. Med shot, delegate delivers report to senior officials
35. Med shot, delegate delivers report to senior officials
36. Med shot, delegate delivers report to senior officials
37. Wide shot, zoom in, photographer prepares family photo of WTO senior officials
38. Wide shot, family photo of WTO senior officials
39. Wide shot, applause after family photo of WTO senior officials
40. Wide shot, pan left, WTO headquarters exteriors
41. Wide shot, entrance to WTO main building after opening session of senior officials meeting

STORYLINE

During a first ever meeting of senior officials of all members in Geneva, the World Trade Organization reached an important milestone on 23 October in the global efforts to support least-developed countries (LDCs) on the path to graduation from LDC status. The decision was taken as Senior Officials gather at the WTO on 23 and 24 October to prepare for the 13th WTO Ministerial Conference (MC13), scheduled for February 2024 in Abu Dhabi.

Kadra Ahmed Hassan, Djibouti Ambassador and Coordinator, WTO group of Least-Developed Countries, introduced the proposal to a special meeting of the General Council, chaired by Athaliah Lesiba Molokomme, Botswana ambassador.

The decision encourages members that remove countries from their duty-free and quota-free preference programmes upon graduation from the UN LDC list to provide a smooth and sustainable transition period after graduation. It marks an important contribution to the implementation of the Doha Programme of Action for LDCs for the period 2022-2031.

Welcoming this achievement, Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala said: "With this decision, the WTO is sending a strong political signal that we can deliver for our most vulnerable members and help them achieve their developmental objectives. This milestone decision is reason to celebrate."

The senior officials meeting will last until Tuesday 24 October. They will discuss the work in implementing the results of the 12th Ministeri
STORYLINE
/ LDC GRADUATION
TRT: 5:06
SOURCE: WTO
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 23 OCT 2023, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

SHOTLIST:

1. Wide shot, delegates arriving for the meeting of Senior Officials at the WTO
2. Wide shot, delegates arriving for the meeting of Senior Officials at the WTO
3. Wide shot, Athaliah Lesiba Molokomme, Ambassador of Botswana and Chair of the WTO General Council, arrives for the meeting of Senior Officials at the WTO
4. Wide shot, Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala arrives for the meeting
5. Wide shot, delegates preparing for the meeting
6. Med shot, view of officials on the podium as meeting starts
7. Wide shot, officials on the podium
8. Wide shot, officials on the podium as Amb Molokomme speaks
9. Wide shot, meeting under way
10. Med shot, delegations as Kadra Ahmed Hassan, Djibouti Ambassador and Coordinator, WTO group of Least-Developed Countries, makes a statement
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Kadra Ahmed Hassan, Djibouti Ambassador and Coordinator, WTO group of Least-Developed Countries:
“We believe that the WTO is addressing its responsibility to support its LDC members' transition to a new phase of sustainable development. All LDCs will graduate sooner or later. We all look forward to that. The main purpose of our group's submission was to establish a smooth transition mechanism at WTO, which will provide predictability and certainty to help such countries graduate with momentum.”
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Athaliah Lesiba Molokomme, Botswana ambassador and chair of the WTO General Council:
“I now propose that the General Council adopt the draft decision contained in document WT/GC/W/901.”
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Athaliah Lesiba Molokomme, Botswana ambassador and chair of the WTO General Council”
“May I take it that this is agreeable? The General Council so agrees.”
14. Wide shot, meeting under way
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Athaliah Lesiba Molokomme, Botswana ambassador and chair of the WTO General Council:
"This is commendable and inspiring, and hopefully puts the work and discussions that lie ahead of us today and tomorrow on a positive trajectory."
16. SOUNDBITE (English) Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, WTO Director-General:
“We have now delivered the LDC graduation. With this decision, the WTO is sending a strong political signal that we can deliver for our most vulnerable members and help them achieve their developmental objectives. This milestone decision is reason to celebrate.”
17. SOUNDBITE (English) Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, WTO Director-General:
"Your enthusiasm is testament to your commitment to the WTO and the multilateral trading system. But the presence of so many high level officials here also means that you have to make it count. You have to move the dial so that we are meaningfully closer to delivering results when ministers meet at MC13."
18. Med shot, pan left, delegates during meeting
19. SOUNDBITE (English) Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, WTO Director-General
“Excellencies, the world is looking to the WTO and other multilateral institutions to show that we can contribute to solutions and bring a bit of certainty in a sea of uncertainty. That is why, at MC13, we need to show the world some solid deliverables on all fronts.”
20. Med shot, pan right, delegates during meeting.
21. SOUNDBITE (English) Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, WTO Director-General
“My expectation is that when you leave Geneva, you will have with you a document that shows that you have delivered tangible outcomes in the form of decisions, political guidance, political support and solutions-oriented deliberations.”
22. Wide shot, meeting under way
23. Wide shot, pan right, meeting under way
24. Wide shot, pan right, meeting under way
25. Wide shot, pan left, DG Okonjo-Iweala speaks during meeting
26. Med shot, pan right, DG Okonjo-Iweala speaks during meeting
27. Wide shot, pan right, meeting under way
28. Wide shot, pan left, meeting under way
29. Wide shot, pan right, meeting under way
30. Med shot, pan left, delegates during meeting
31. Med shot, pan left, delegates during meeting
32. Med shot, delegate delivers report to senior officials
33. Med shot, delegate delivers report to senior officials
34. Med shot, delegate delivers report to senior officials
35. Med shot, delegate delivers report to senior officials
36. Med shot, delegate delivers report to senior officials
37. Wide shot, zoom in, photographer prepares family photo of WTO senior officials
38. Wide shot, family photo of WTO senior officials
39. Wide shot, applause after family photo of WTO senior officials
40. Wide shot, pan left, WTO headquarters exteriors
41. Wide shot, entrance to WTO main building after opening session of senior officials meeting

STORYLINE

During a first ever meeting of senior officials of all members in Geneva, the World Trade Organization reached an important milestone on 23 October in the global efforts to support least-developed countries (LDCs) on the path to graduation from LDC status. The decision was taken as Senior Officials gather at the WTO on 23 and 24 October to prepare for the 13th WTO Ministerial Conference (MC13), scheduled for February 2024 in Abu Dhabi.

Kadra Ahmed Hassan, Djibouti Ambassador and Coordinator, WTO group of Least-Developed Countries, introduced the proposal to a special meeting of the General Council, chaired by Athaliah Lesiba Molokomme, Botswana ambassador.

The decision encourages members that remove countries from their duty-free and quota-free preference programmes upon graduation from the UN LDC list to provide a smooth and sustainable transition period after graduation. It marks an important contribution to the implementation of the Doha Programme of Action for LDCs for the period 2022-2031.

Welcoming this achievement, Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala said: "With this decision, the WTO is sending a strong political signal that we can deliver for our most vulnerable members and help them achieve their developmental objectives. This milestone decision is reason to celebrate."

The senior officials meeting will last until Tuesday 24 October. They will discuss the work in implementing the results of the 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12), which took place in Geneva on June 2022, and the potential results that can be agreed at the next Ministerial Conference, in Abu Dhabi.
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