On behalf of the Argentine people, I would like to express my deepest gratitude to all WTO Members for giving us the honour of hosting the Eleventh WTO Ministerial Conference in Buenos Aires from 10 to 13 December 2017.
In a constantly changing world, and in light of the new challenges posed by development, the next Conference will provide an opportunity to strengthen our commitment to a rules-based, open, non-discriminatory and equitable multilateral trading system, in accordance with the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Building on the outcomes of the Bali (2013) and Nairobi (2015) Conferences, we must strengthen the WTO’s role as the primary forum for multilateral negotiations.
We need to find points of convergence among Members with different interests and levels of development, while paying particular attention to least developed countries, in order to double their share of world exports by 2020.
Today, our economies are more interconnected than ever before. Global and regional value chains increase opportunities for creating more jobs and disseminating technology and ideas. The challenge for the WTO is to establish a framework that provides certainty and ensures that these benefits reach all people, with improved opportunities and quality of work.
To this end, we must place particular emphasis on micro, small and medium-sized enterprises, as they play a key role in economic growth and social inclusion.
We live in a strongly interconnected world, with fewer borders but greater opportunities. In this context, the Eleventh Ministerial Conference must contribute to the growth of international trade as a factor for development and as a means of revitalizing the global economy.
For Argentina, this Conference is an excellent opportunity to develop a closer relationship with the world and to address sensitive issues on the global agenda, while making every effort to seek solutions.
It will be a pleasure to welcome all delegates to Buenos Aires. Not only will they be participating in this Conference, on which we place great expectations, but they will also have the opportunity to experience the hospitality and verve of the Argentine people.
Minister of External Relations and Worship
Republic of Argentina