KEPSA CEO, Ms. Carole Kariuki, joined business leaders from 47 countries to discuss how the WTO could help them address the challenges they face in conducting global trade at the second Trade Dialogues forum held at the World Trade Organisation, in Geneva, Switzerland on 7th June, 2018 where Africa was represented by KEPSA and Boniswa Corporate Solutions from South Africa.
The meeting was the second Trade Dialogues event with the business community, and was held at the request of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the B20, the business arm of the G20 and facilitated by the WTO.
The main topics of discussion included: sustainable development; e-commerce; facilitating investment; and small businesses, stemmed from the trade priorities identified at the Business Forum held in December 2017 alongside the WTO’s 11th Ministerial Conference (MC11) in Buenos Aires.
WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo addressed the opening session of the event, which was followed by four break-out sessions where participants engaged in a focused dialogue in small groups on topics identified by the business community as priorities. Each of the four groups took up one of the topics for discussion. During the sessions, the business representatives also heard updates on the work conducted at the WTO in these areas since MC11.
During the forum, Ms. Kariuki noted that KEPSA hosts the ICC Kenya National Committee and our influence of policy continues to grow beyond our borders. KEPSA got a place in WTO private sector group during MC10 by playing a major role of hosting the WTO ministers and having representatives in all the major dialogue sessions. In October this year, KEPSA will host a small event with WTO leadership in Kenya.
Click on the link below for a summary of the issues raised at the meeting