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Kevin Kingswell
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An electronic message would be broadcast from the Grand Republic across the whole globe to every nation, this message was live and originally showed a simple wooden podium with a microphone attached to its surface and a flag hanging up behind said podium. Shortly a older man with grey hair and wrinkled skin would step up and behind the podium clad in what appeared to be some sort of robe of political office. Coughing slightly he would tap the microphone gently to ensure it was working before taking a firm grasp of the microphone and begin speaking.

 

"Leaders of the world's nations I am Valorum Cassintein the Chancellor of the Grand Republic and I am sending this message to all of you to invite you all to help me create a new organisation to help ensure that trade between our various nations is free and fair. This World Trade Organisation would work to ensure that all trade between nations is undertaken correctly and that everyone participating receives what they deserve as well as working towards giving nations the ability to work together to help other less developed nations and to work together to research new and better economic policies and ways."

 

"I sincerely hope you will all join me in this endeavor. Thank you."  

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A second message would be sent out across the globe to every nation and as like the first message it showed the same podium and flag as before and once again Chancellor Cassintein would take his place behind the podium before speaking. "I would first like to say a short thank you to the nations of Legion, Selenarctos and Nordboerne Kongedømme for their swift and positive responses. Now on to the real business of the World Trade Organisation I would like to invite all nations to send a representative to the Grand Republic to our capital in Libreville to our National Treasury building where we will be using the largest conference room for the meeting. I hope to see many of you there".

 

OOC: For those wishing to attend just post about arriving at the building and taking a seat. No need for journey times to be written out.      

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Dr. Odon Zelaya had been busy lately, between the hosting the Dai-Tōhoku's party, the election season is Selenarctos and his regular duties, but the President wished to show Selenarctos' support and as the most qualified individual for the job Dr. Zelaya was chosen to board a plane bound for the Grand Republic. He arrived in a conservative business suit, hopeful for a productive meeting but wary after the last international trade organization fell apart in a dramatic fashion.

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Dr. Odon Zelaya

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Upon receiving word the young ambassador seized the opportunity to represent his nation on a global scale. He was especially fond of his partner Mia with whom he had been sent with. The grand republic is a beautiful nation with a buzzing capital. It was obvious no expense was spared during the construction of the capitol buildings. David and Mia entered the treasury building where they were politely escorted to the main conference room. Another marvel, elegant, efficient and easy on the eyes. They hailed the other diplomats in the room and took their seats.

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Upon the invitation from the WTO in Paraguay, President Melosa Navar would send Paraguayan Ambassador Madam Dolores Jacobo to the conference. Upon her arrival she took her seat and motioned her assistant for a cup of coffee.

As a side note Ambassador Madam Dolores Jacobo would like to remind the Grand Republic government that Paraguay continues to await to receive the republican diplomatic representative in Capital de San Tomas.

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Walking out of a side door to the conference room came Chancellor Cassintein as well as a middle aged woman wearing a burgundy business suit and carrying a large folder in her arms. The pair of them would walk out to the center of the room where the podium seen in the two previous videos stood, the woman would stand slightly back and to one side as the Chancellor took his position at the microphone. Reaching forward he would take a hold of the microphone and begin speaking.

 

"Ladies and gentlemen thank you for coming to this meeting on such a short notice. I find it very warming and pleasing to see so many people from different nations coming together to work out ways to help one another. Now many of you will recognise me from the video broadcasts I have sent but allow me to introduce the lady to my left. This is Adanna Okoro the Grand Republic's head of finance. It will be she who will be leading this discussion as she is more than qualified. Again thank you all for coming".

 

The Chancellor would then step back and give the podium to Adanna who would step up whilst the Chancellor turned and left the room, taking her place at the podium Adanna would immediately begin speaking.

 

"I too would like to thank you all for coming to this meeting and I would to express my hope that we can at the end of it have at least started the process of forming an organisation for helping trade between all our nations. Now on to the business at hand as I am sure everyone here knows resources and the trading of said resources forms the blood of a nation along with its people. That is why as the white blood cells protect the body we the World Trade Organisation would protect the body of trade to ensure that all trade between members is fair and right".

 

"To do this I believe that the World Trade Organisation follow five leading principles. These principles would be: Non-discrimination, what one member nation offers in terms of trade to another nation must be given to all other members of the organisation. Second reciprocity, the gain one nation would get from trading of a resource must be reciprocated though the trading back of a different resource. Thirdly we must have binding and enforceable commitments, what decisions we make as an organisation must be met and upheld by all members at all times, Fourthly transparency, any and all agreements that each member makes must be transparent for all parties involved to ensure no cheating or dishonestly is achieved. Finally we must have what I will call safety measures, not all resources can be traded equally and events may bring a time when a nation can not continue trading in a certain resource and thus there should be measures to protect said nation and its resources in such a difficult time."

 

"Your thoughts please ladies and gentlemen?"

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"Madam Okoro we wholeheartedly support this plan to stabilize world trade. We particularly want to see that all nations offer the same resources to all nations. Which would be the start of trade circles and secondly that all nations are made aware of available resources and their available bonuses once brought together. Hoping that this enlightenment, if you will, will be the start of a global economic boom!"

David white sat down, electrified after what he just said. Foreign affairs always did this to him. He still could not believe he was chosen to represent his nation.

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Adanna turned to the Legion representative as to speak directly to him though allowed her voice to carry to the other attendees.

 

"In regards to enforcement it means that if one member nation makes an agreement with another and then renegades on said agreement then the WTO will use measures it deems necessary to ensure that the offending member nation follows the agreement they have made. These measures can include trade sanctions, increased costs on their imports from other member nations, removal from the WTO. I am of course open to any other ideas for ensuring that agreements are met. Though at this time I would not condone military force. Those sort of actions are best left to the UNSC".  

 

"As for the safety measures these would and could include allowing every member nation to maintain a stockpile of each resource they are exporting in case of times of hardship. If this means they are unable to trade said resources then they would be exempt from maintaining any current trade agreements until the time of hardship has passed. Each nation will also be allowed to adjust costs and amounts when required if they find they must do so to ensure that their people get the fairest deal. Of course any such changes must be monitored and recorded".

 

"Any other questions?" 

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"So basically, if a Nation decides its best interests lie outside of the WTO later down the line and decides to... work towards a better deal shall we say, they will be placed under trade sanctions?" responded the Norse delegate.

 

"The Norse people trade freely, and we target specific nations that can offer a mutually beneficial trade relationship with to negotiate very customized trade agreements with, such as Prussia and at some point in the future, other nations in Europe specifically. How would these previous agreements come into play in regards to the WTO?"

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"In regards to joining the WTO entry would be as simple as requesting membership and as long as one follows the principles of the WTO then they would be allowed to remain as a member. As for choosing the Director-General I believe that it should come down to popular vote by each member of the organisation with the restriction that no nation member could vote for themselves".

 

Adanna would then move on to the Norse delegations comments and questions. "Firstly the principles of the WTO will only come into effect when dealing with other WTO members. As much as I would dearly love to see every nation in the world as a member I know it is not practical to expect it to be so. Therefore if a member chooses to trade with nations that are not a part of the WTO then they will not be affected by the WTO's principles".

 

"Therefore any previous agreements and agreements made outside of WTO members are entirely in the hands of those nations carrying out said agreements. Of course if those nations that were not a part of the WTO then became members of the WTO at a later date the trade agreements would need to be checked to ensure they fell under the correct principles".

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