From: CUTS International
DG Azevêdo briefs APEC trade ministers on preparations for MC11
World Trade Organisation
May 22, 2017
Speaking at an APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) trade ministers’ meeting in Hanoi, Viet Nam, on 20 May, Director-General Roberto Azevêdo reported on the state of play in WTO work and on preparations for the WTO’s 11th Ministerial Conference in Buenos Aires, in December this year.
The Director-General welcomed the engagement of ministers in the discussion led by the Chair of the meeting, Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Tuan Anh. In his statement, the Chair noted:
"We reaffirm our commitment to achieving free and open trade and underscore the importance of ensuring the effective functioning of a rules-based, transparent, non-discriminatory multilateral trading system as embodied in the WTO.
“Building on the outcomes achieved at the previous Ministerial Conferences of the WTO, we commit to make the utmost efforts to achieve a successful 11th Ministerial Conference in Buenos Aires from 11 to 14 December 2017.”
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