More than 50 members of the World Trade Organization expressed solidarity with Ukraine and promised assistance and support in the cultivation and export of agricultural products, as well as in the reconstruction of the country after the war. This is stated in a joint statement adopted at the XII WTO Ministerial Conference in Geneva.
The statement was signed by more than 50 WTO members, including the United States, Britain, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Denmark, France, Georgia, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Japan, South Korea and Germany. Baltic countries, Poland and others.
Among other things, the signatories declared their readiness to promote the resumption of grain exports from Ukrainian ports.
“We urge other WTO members to do the same in a way that suits their capabilities, including by facilitating the use of infrastructure or facilitating and simplifying customs procedures,” the statement said.
The statement also said that the WTO members were ready to find ways to help Ukrainian farmers continue to grow grain and oilseeds, “which are essential for Ukraine and the world.”
“Within the capabilities of each WTO member, we will continue to provide humanitarian assistance to alleviate the suffering of the civilian population of Ukraine, including to help provide them with access to basic goods and services, including food. We will also look for ways to help Ukraine rebuild as soon as circumstances allow, “the statement said.