July 7, 2017

DG Azevêdo tells G20: Trade differences must be resolved with discussion and cooperation

Addressing the summit of G20 leaders in Hamburg, Germany, on 7 July, Director-General Roberto Azevêdo made the case for keeping markets open to spread the benefits of trade. He stressed that, when joined with the right mix of domestic policies, trade is a powerful force for inclusive growth, job creation and better living standards – especially as countries around the world work to adapt to rapid economic change. He argued that when differences arise on trade issues, the best way to resolve them is through discussion and cooperation. He emphasized that the WTO stands ready to support its members in this way, as it has done so successfully on previous occasions.

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