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Minister Hagiuda Attends WTO Informal Ministerial Meeting via Video Conference

January 21, 2022

On January 21 (Fri.), a WTO Informal Ministerial Meeting chaired by Switzerland was held via video conference. Mr. Hagiuda Koichi, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, attended the meeting.

1. Overview of the meeting

WTO Informal Ministerial Meetings are usually held to coincide with the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, every January, and a meeting was held this year too. The meeting brought together ministers responsible for trade from over 28 WTO members as well as representatives of the WTO Secretariat. As representatives of Japan, Minister Hagiuda, Mr. Hayashi Yoshimasa, Minister for Foreign Affairs, and Mr. Takebe Arata, State Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, attended the meeting.

The main topics of discussion at the meeting were pandemic response, fishery subsidies, agriculture, and WTO reforms. Minister Hagiuda made the following comments on WTO reform.


Participants (28 members and the WTO Secretariat):
Switzerland (chair), Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Costa Rica, the EU, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, the ROK, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, the U.K., the U.S., the Africa Group (Cameroon), the Least-developed Country (LDC) Group (Chad), the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group (Jamaica), and the WTO Secretariat

Division in Charge

Multilateral Trade System Department, Trade Policy Bureau

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