DG Azevêdo’s agenda also included meetings with high-level government representatives. In Brasília, he met with the acting President of Brazil Michel Temer, the Foreign Affairs Minister José Serra, the Minister of Industry and Trade Marcos Pereira as well as other senior officials.
Speaking at the ICC World Council, the Director-General said:
“After the successes of the WTO’s Ministerial Conferences in Bali and Nairobi, WTO members are looking at areas where we can continue to deliver more results and which can help promote development, inclusive growth and business opportunities across the globe. At our ’Trade Dialogues’ event with business some interesting ideas were put forward, providing timely food for thought for the debate underway in Geneva.
It was clear from those exchanges that complying with a patchwork of different rules in different jurisdictions can be challenging for business, especially small and medium-sized enterprises. Business sees the value of trade deals under the global umbrella of the WTO. We need to keep working to maintain a healthy global trading system, working well at all levels.”