HE Minister of Trade and Industry and Acting Minister of Finance Ali bin Ahmed al-Kuwari participated virtually in the fifteenth session of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD 15), hosted by the Barbados.
This year’s edition of the quadrennial conference, organized under the theme “From Inequality and Vulnerability to Prosperity for All”, explored how to bridge the gap between developed, developing and least developed countries. least developed, as well as to underline the central role of trade in achieving comprehensive development and prosperity for countries.
The challenges posed by Covid-19 have required the consolidation of efforts to combat the pandemic, not only at the national level, but also at the transnational level, al-Kuwari said, further explaining that the crisis underscored the importance of a joint and multilateral international action.
The pandemic has affected every country in the world, he noted. Its negative impact has been more pronounced among vulnerable people who lack access to basic health care and medical equipment and the political, economic and financial tools necessary to overcome the repercussions of the pandemic.
In this regard, the Minister stressed the need to strengthen international collaboration, develop a coordinated and multilateral response to overcome the consequences of the pandemic, referring to the initiatives adopted by Qatar in this regard.
Qatar had provided all means of support to the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI), the Friends of Covax Facility (FOF) and the World Health Organization (WHO), al-Kuwari noted. , noting that Qatar had also donated thousands of tons of medical supplies to some 81 countries.
He called on all countries to unite their efforts and work side by side to support and develop the work of UNCTAD, building on past achievements to make progress towards strengthening international cooperation to establish an economic environment. global and equitable for all countries of the world.
Al-Kuwari stressed the need to develop a roadmap that would enable developing countries, especially the least developed, to implement practical policies that would enable them to give their people equal access to the benefits of development.
Al-Kuwari spoke of Qatar’s efforts while chairing UNCTAD 13.
Qatar has taken important steps to develop long-term policies aimed at consolidating comprehensive and equitable development at national, regional and international levels, Qatar has provided all means to support international efforts aimed at solving various problems, in all international bodies, in particular the World Trade Organization (WTO).
In this context, he reaffirmed Qatar’s commitment to support the role of UNCTAD, in particular with regard to initiatives aimed at assisting developing and least developed countries, underlining Qatar’s willingness to support all UNCTAD’s efforts to help the Palestinian people.
He underlined Qatar’s unwavering determination to continue to support and support the Palestinian people. In cooperation with the United Nations and several of its partners, Qatar wishes to work to guide development and humanitarian projects and financial assistance to low-income families, and to ensure the power supply of the Gaza Strip.
Al-Kuwari expressed the hope that UNCTAD 15 would help create an ideal environment to achieve the desired goals and objectives, thus paving the way for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.