Mexican Economy Secretary Graciela Márquez joined her peers from the other countries in the Ottawa Group to develop an action plan under the auspices of the World Trade Organization modifying regulations on trade in medical supplies. The group includes Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland and the European Union, and its remit is to modernize the international organization. The text would be presented to the entity in the coming weeks and discussed in the medium term. In line with this process, Mexico will drive the candidacy of a former government official, Jesús Seade, an economist, diplomat and politician, to head up the WTO.
The action plan is built around six action points covering electronic trade, trade facilitation, the involvement of stakeholders in the economy, transparency, agriculture and medical supplies. As regards medical supplies, the idea is to “better position the parties to handle medical emergencies and keep the global chains of these products operational.” Officials reiterated the need for the WTO to have the capacity to enable trade in medical goods and services during critical health situations.
Finally, Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, who was also present, said that it is vital to maintain international cooperation to overcome the effects of the disease. He also called for measures to ensure the efficient operation of global value chains.