From June 12 to 15, 2022, the XII Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO) will be held in person, based in Geneva, Switzerland.

Leading the Cuban delegation is the Deputy Minister of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment, Déborah Rivas Saavedra. Also participating are the Cuban ambassador to the Permanent Mission of Cuba in Geneva; the economic-commercial counselor of the Permanent Mission of Cuba in Geneva and two officials from the Directorate of International Economic Organizations of MINCEX and the General Directorate of Multilateral Affairs and International Law of MINREX, respectively.

The 12th WTO Ministerial Conference is co-hosted by Kazakhstan. This Ministerial will take place at a time aggravated on a global scale by the impacts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Member States are expected to adopt a political declaration containing lines of work for the next two years, together with the existing mandates from previous ministerial meetings.

Cuba, once again, will have the opportunity to denounce the continued and intensified imposition of the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States government against Cuba, the extraterritorial Helms Burton Law and the hostile policy of the previous US administration that remains immovable to date and its effects on the Cuban economy.

The WTO became operational on January 1, 1995. One of its main functions is to serve as a forum for the negotiation of agreements aimed at reducing barriers to international trade. Decisions in the WTO are generally taken by consensus of all Members. It currently has 164 Members.

More information regarding the development of the event will be available through the MINCEX social network profiles.