Ottawa Ministerial on WTO Reform - October 24 and 25, 2018

Meeting objectives
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Meeting objectives

The WTO finds itself at a crossroads: it faces a number of challenges that are putting the multilateral trading system under stress. This is why Canada is convening a small, representative, group of WTO members committed to supporting and strengthening the multilateral trading system. Representatives from Australia, Brazil, Chile, the European Union, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore and Switzerland will join the Honourable Jim Carr, Canada’s Minister of International Trade Diversification, to engage in a meaningful exchange that will aim to identify concrete actions to enhance and improve the WTO over the short, medium and long term. Their discussions will focus on three main themes:

  1. Immediate actions to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the WTO
  2. Safeguarding and strengthening the dispute-settlement system
  3. Reinvigorating the WTO’s negotiating function

The work of the group will proceed transparently, engage additional members when appropriate and ultimately lead to advancing ideas and suggestions to the broader WTO membership for consideration and discussion.

For more information:

October 24 and 25, 2018 – Minister Carr hosted ministers from 13 WTO members at the Ottawa Ministerial on WTO reform


Agenda

Schedule of events for Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Event: Opening reception and dinner
Location: 125 Sussex Drive
Time: 6:30 p.m. ET
Notes for media: Closed to media

Schedule of events for Thursday, October 25, 2018

Event: Opening Session of Ministerial meeting - Introductory remarks
Location: Janice & Earle O’Born Room, National Arts Centre
Time: 10:00 a.m. ET
Notes for media: Open to media
Opening remarks only
Media should arrive no later than 9:30 a.m. ET at the media centre to be escorted
Livestream will also be available on Twitter: @CanadaTrade and Facebook: Canada’s international trade - Global Affairs Canada

Event: Family Photo
Location: Yulanda M. Faris Stage, National Arts Centre
Time: 11:15 a.m. ET
Notes for media: Open to media
Media should arrive no later than 11:00 a.m. ET 

Event: Ministerial discussion: Theme 1 - Improving efficiency and effectiveness of WTO monitoring and transparency functions
Location: Janice & Earle O’Born Room, National Arts Centre
Time: 11:30 a.m. ET
Notes for media: Closed to media 

Event: Ministerial discussion: Theme 2 -Safeguarding dispute settlement
Location: Janice & Earle O’Born Room, National Arts Centre
Time: 12:15 p.m. ET
Notes for media: Closed to media

Event: Lunch
Location: National Arts Centre
Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
Notes for media: Closed to media

Event: Ministerial discussion: Theme 3 - Creating 21st century trade rules
Location: Janice & Earle O’Born Room, National Arts Centre
Time: 2:30 p.m. ET
Notes for media: Closed to media 

Event: Next steps and closing remarks
Location: Janice & Earle O’Born Room, National Arts Centre
Time: 3:45 ET
Notes for media: Closed to media 

Event: Closing press conference
Location: Yulanda M. Faris Stage, National Arts Centre
Time: 4:45 p.m.
Notes for media: Open coverage
Livestream will also be available on Twitter: @CanadaTrade and Facebook: Canada’s international trade - Global Affairs Canada 

Please note all details are subject to change.



Media

Canada’s Minister of International Trade Diversification, the Honourable Jim Carr, will be hosting the Ottawa Ministerial on WTO Reform on October 24 and 25, 2018. At this meeting, ministers will seek to identify concrete and tangible ways the operation and functioning of the WTO could be enhanced and improved over the short, medium and long term.

Media accreditation

Media must register by email no later than October 19, 2018, 11:59 p.m. ET. Please send your first and last names, media outlet, email address, phone number, and country you will be representing to media@international.gc.ca.

Media centre

The media centre will be located at the National Arts Centre, 1 Elgin St, Ottawa. It will provide accredited media with a workspace, including access to electrical power outlets and free Wi-Fi Internet access. Media will be asked to show photo ID and proof of the outlet they are representing upon arrival at the centre.

Contact information for media liaison officers will be available in the days leading up to the negotiations.

Entry formalities and visas

If you are travelling to Canada, please check here beforehand to find out whether you need an entry visa. Visa-exempt foreign nationals are expected to have an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) for air travel to Canada. Exemptions include U.S. and Mexican citizens, and travellers with a valid Canadian visa. You may also refer to the Travel Canada website to find out what documents are needed to travel to Canada.

Transportation and accommodations

Media representatives are responsible for arranging their own accommodations.

Please visit Ottawa Tourism and Destination Canada for more information to plan your visit and find hotels in the area.

Contacts

Media Relations Office
Global Affairs Canada
343-203-7700
media@international.gc.ca
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