Egypt tables draft resolution on strengthening WTO response to food security challenges

CAIRO – June 10, 2022: Egypt on Thursday tabled a draft resolution at the World Trade Organization (WTO) on strengthening the regulator’s response to food security challenges in developing states net food importers and least developed countries.

The draft resolution will be discussed at the 12th WTO Ministerial Meeting to be held in Geneva from June 12 to 15, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

“This is part of the Egyptian government’s tireless efforts to deal with the global economic crisis and its wide-ranging repercussions on the Egyptian economy in particular and on developing countries in general,” the statement said.

Ambassador Ahmed Ihab Gamal El-Din, permanent representative of Egypt to the UN and other international organizations in Geneva, said the Egyptian delegation presented the draft resolution to the organization on behalf of the groups. Arab and African and least developed countries.

This comes after rounds of intensive consultations with various member states to mobilize the necessary support to sponsor the draft resolution, he added.

The move is part of efforts to address the global food crisis and its impact on least developed countries and net food-importing developing countries, such as Egypt, Gamal El- Din.

The draft resolution aims to provide practical solutions to support farmers and producers and build capacity for the production of cereals and crops in these countries in accordance with the rules of the organization, the representative added.

The resolution also aims to educate global public opinion on the serious damage to the economies of developing countries in this regard, particularly in the context of record high food and energy prices.

The global food crisis is part of the major crisis facing the global economy since the COVID-19 pandemic and the accompanying slowdown in economic growth, production and investment, as well as rates high inflation, disruption of global supply chains and high debts, Gamal El-Din said.

He added that this requires the strengthening of international solidarity through international organizations, in particular the WTO, to provide developing and least-developed countries that are net food importers with the required flexibility to in the face of any exceptional circumstances affecting their food security.