Azevêdo Joins ACP Brainstorming Session: ‘we Need To Explore Innovative Ways Forward’

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DDG Wolff: Standards Have Central Role To Play In Assisting Growth Of World Trading System

Thank you very much for the invitation to join your meeting on World Standards Cooperation. I moved back to Geneva this last summer after an absence of several decades. At the time of my first visit, I was with the U.S. Treasury Department....Read More

Excessive Multilingualism in EU Trade Agreements

The legal protection of multilingualism is an important principle and an indispensable guarantee for the functioning of the institutions of the European Union (EU) as well as for their relationships with EU citizens. This is not only eviden...Read More

Trade Policy Review: Malaysia

The following documents are available: Secretariat report A detailed report written independently by the WTO Secretariat. Government report A policy statement by the government of the member under review. From the meeting The Secretariat an...Read More


14 February 2018 Yu Jianhua, the new Permanent Representative of China to the United Nations Office at Geneva, today presented his credentials to Michael Møller, the Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva. Prior to his appo...Read More

DG Azevêdo In UAE: Global Economy Is Evolving, We Need To Adapt

During his interventions at the summit, the Director-General addressed the rapid changes that we are seeing in the global economy and how this relates to trade and the WTO. He said: “The forces of globalization, innovation and technological...Read More

Trade Growth To Sustain Momentum In First Quarter Of 2018, Latest Trade Indicator Suggests

Component indices of the WTOI are mostly favourable. Container port throughput (104.3) and air freight (103.2) are firmly above trend, indicating strong current shipments of goods. Meanwhile, export orders (102.8) have reached their highest...Read More

Director-General Welcomes New Cohort Of WTO Young Professionals

The WTO Young Professionals Programme was launched in 2016 with the aim of enhancing the knowledge and skills on WTO issues of young professionals from developing and least developed countries — with a special focus on WTO members that are ...Read More

Estonia Donates EUR 20,000 To Help Developing Countries Fully Participate In Global Trade

Estonia’s contribution to the WTO’s Doha Development Agenda Global Trust Fund will finance training workshops for government officials. Since the creation of the fund in 2001, over 2,500 workshops have been organized. WTO Director-General R...Read More

EU Requests WTO Consultations With Russia On Compliance With Pig Products Ruling

In its request for consultations under Article 21.5 of the Dispute Settlement Understanding (DSU), the EU said the challenged measures are inconsistent with various provisions under the WTO’s Agreement on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures...Read More

China Donates USD 1 Million To Support Implementation Of Trade Facilitation Agreement

China’s donation to the Trade Facilitation Agreement Facility (TFAF) will finance the capacity-building support needed by developing countries to implement the Agreement. TFAF assists these countries in assessing their specific needs and in...Read More

Azevêdo: MSMEs Are Now At The Heart Of The Trade Debate

Good morning. I am pleased to join you today. I wanted to be here briefly to congratulate you all for what you’ve achieved so far on this important issue. The launch of the Informal Working Group on MSMEs was one of the highlights of MC11. ...Read More