WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo met on 17 July with representatives of the Bertelsmann Stiftung’s High-Level Board of Experts, chaired by Bernard Hoekman, Director of Global Economics at the Global Governance Programme at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute in Florence. The initiative by the Bertelsmann Stiftung was launched in 2016 and welcomed by DG Azevêdo.
The aim of the meeting was to present a report on the Future of Global Trade Governance.
“These issues are high on the agenda for the international community today – and so the ideas provided in this report are very timely. I welcome this important contribution to the debate,” Director-General Azevêdo expressed.
“Renewed dialogue is needed by WTO members to address long-standing and recent use of trade distorting policies as well as the future governance of trade,” added Professor Hoekman, the author of the report. “It is by keeping the channels for policy dialogue open that WTO members can best determine the way forward for the organization as an effective multilateral forum for trade co-operation and conflict resolution,” he added.
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