July 25, 2017

Azevêdo reports on status of negotiations; stresses continued importance of transparency

In a gathering of all WTO members on 25 July, Director-General Roberto Azevêdo called for them to show realism and urgency in preparations for the 11th Ministerial Conference (MC11), which will take place in Buenos Aires in December 2017. He also restated his commitment to ensuring transparency in discussions among members. The discussions took place over two back-to-back meetings convened by the Director-General – an informal meeting of the Trade Negotiations Committee (TNC) to discuss the specific issues which fall under the TNC, and an informal meeting of Heads of Delegations (HoDs), which is a transparency exercise, allowing the Director-General to report on his recent activities and trade-related developments, and allowing members to report on their own activities, as they see fit.

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