OECS high-level WTO fisheries workshop starts tomorrow

The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) supports Member States engagement in WTO negotiations to end harmful fisheries subsidies.

With the support of the Pew Charitable Trusts (Pew) and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), the OECS Commission will be convening a High-Level Workshop on the ongoing World Trade Organization (WTO) Fisheries Subsidies Negotiations on 24-25 February 2021.

This Workshop is being targeted at Senior Trade, Foreign Affairs, Fisheries, Maritime Affairs and other relevant officials in Member States.

WTO members are under a mandate to reach an agreement to end harmful fisheries subsidies by the next meeting of the Ministerial Conference, the Organization’s top-level decision-making body. The next meeting of the Ministerial Conference is expected to be convened before the end of 2021.

The fisheries subsidies mandate aligns with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14.6 which tasks the WTO with reaching an agreement to end harmful fisheries subsidies.