On 18 January, the High-level Session on the Future of LDC Accessions of the 10th China Round Table was held virtually. Minister of Commerce Wang Wentao delivered opening remarks for the session via video link. Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, WTO Director-General, as well as ministerial representatives and ambassadors to the WTO from Chad, Liberia, Lesotho, Yemen, Comoros, Laos and other countries addressed the session. Ambassador Li Chenggang, Permanent Representative of China to the WTO, attended the meeting.
Wang said that China has always been supporting LDCs’ integration into the multilateral trading system and sharing the benefits of its own development with them. China will continue to carry out South-South cooperation within the framework of the multilateral trading system, work with relevant parties on the China Program, support developing Members, especially the LDCs, in pursuing greater economic resilience, take concrete actions to implement the Global Development Initiative, and build a global community of development with a shared future.
The China Program was launched by China and the WTO Secretariat in 2011. The China Round Table has been held starting from 2012 as an important part of the program. This round table focused on the achievements made in capacity building under the program over the past decade and the prospects for LDCs’ future WTO accessions.
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