June 9, 2019

G20 trade ministers renew commitment to WTO reform with “sense of urgency”

Director-General Roberto Azevêdo participated in the G20 Ministerial Meeting on Trade and Digital Economy on 8-9 June in Tsukuba, Japan, which resulted in a commitment by ministers to “work constructively with other WTO Members to undertake necessary WTO reform with a sense of urgency, including in the lead-up to the Twelfth WTO Ministerial Conference”. The ministerial statement released at the end of the meeting also highlighted the contribution that trade and the WTO make to “productivity, innovation, job creation and development” and underlined a number of areas where further action is needed, including “regarding the functioning of the dispute settlement system consistent with the rules as negotiated by the WTO Members”.

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