The Director-General discussed the role of trade and technology in helping more people access new economic opportunities. He was joined in a panel discussion by Mogens Lykketoft, President of the United Nations Foundation, José Manuel Barroso, former President of the European Commission, and Tom Nuttall of The Economist, who moderated the session.

As part of his visit, DG Azevêdo also met with the Prime Minister of Portugal, António Costa.

The Director-General said:

“The world is changing at a fast pace, with technology and innovation transforming the economy. Amid this changing environment, many people feel left behind, and trade is often seen as the cause of this unease. While trade can have an impact on employment, we must recognize that the biggest changes come from productivity and innovation. These are essential forces for progress. So the answer is not to blame trade and raise barriers. This would only smother the chances of thousands of people to connect and do business. Instead, we have to embrace these changes, adapt and support everyone to access new opportunities. This will take vision, collective commitment and bold policies.”

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