WTO chief urges countries to accept 'unprecedented package' of trade agreements
The World Trade Organization chief presented countries with a series of draft trade agreements early on Friday that included pledges on health, food security and urged that they be accepted as a major meeting stretched into its second day of overtime.
The package, which Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala described as "unprecedented," did not currently include two of the most important deals under consideration: fisheries and a partial waiver for intellectual property rights for COVID-19 vaccines.
However, delegates said they may be added later ahead of a final meeting scheduled for 0100 GMT on Friday.
(Cover: Director General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Nigerian Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala speaks at the opening ceremony of the 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12) in Geneva, Switzerland, June 12, 2022. /CFP)