Arancha González welcomes conclusion of Yemen’s WTO accession negotiations
STATEMENT BY THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: 26.09.2013
Arancha González welcomes conclusion of Yemen's WTO accession negotiations
(Geneva) 'Today's decision by the World Trade Organization [WTO] Working Party on Yemen's accession is an important step, not only for Yemen, but also for the WTO. I am looking forward to working more closely with Yemen in its final stages of becoming the 160th member state of the WTO and beyond.
'Accession to the WTO lays the foundation for Yemen's integration into the global economy. It will bring about predictability for both Yemeni businesses and foreign investors. The International Trade Centre [ITC] stands ready to help Yemen - and in particular the country's small and medium-sized enterprises [SMEs] - to reap the full benefits from accession to the WTO.
'The ITC stands ready to work with Yemen and its SMEs to help translate the opportunities provided by WTO membership into realities on the ground.'