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WTO hopeful Amina Mohamed backs new rules in US-China trade war

AMINA Mohamed, one of the front runners to be next World Trade Organisation (WTO) director general, foresees Geneva body being an 'honest broker' in the Sino-American trade war

13 August 2020 - 19:00

AMINA Mohamed, one of the front runners to be next World Trade Organisation (WTO) director general, foresees Geneva body being an 'honest broker' in the Sino-American trade war.

The Kenyan, a WTO veteran and experienced politician, is one of eight candidates looking to succeed Robert Azevedo, while Chinese academics back Nigerian candidate, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.



The WTO needs to be revamped to be 'fit for purpose' if it is to help mediate disputes such as the US-China trade war, she said.



'It's about the rule book not having been updated for too long and needing urgent upgrading, about making sure that all the members are sitting around the table and negotiating and addressing the gaps that exist,' she told Hong Kong's South China Morning Post.



Ms Mohamed, who in 2005 became the first woman to to take the chair the WTO's General Council, and has also headed the dispute-settlement and trade-policy-review bodies, is one of eight candidates to succeed Robert Azevedo, who is stepping down a year ahead of schedule.



She is a former Kenyan foreign minister and minister for sports, heritage and culture.



'We need to address agricultural subsidies in the same way that we need to address industrial subsidies,' she said when asked about a joint statement released by the EU, Japan and US earlier this year,' she said.


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