Speaking from Buenos Aires, DG Azevêdo said:
“Farm exporting countries like Argentina have spent years calling for the elimination of agricultural export subsidies and last December this was finally achieved at the WTO's ministerial meeting in Nairobi. It is the most important reform of international trade rules in agriculture since the WTO was founded. By eliminating this trade-distorting support, the package of reforms will help to level the playing field for producers in Argentina and in other developing economies. It is a big boost for the country, and a very clear example of an issue that can only be addressed successfully in a multilateral setting.”
“As we seek to keep making progress in global trade negotiations, I look forward to working with Argentina and securing further reforms that can help spur growth in the region and beyond.”
The Director-General also met with the Argentine Chamber of Exporters, with representatives from the Argentine Industrial Union and with the President of Argentina’s Rural Society. In addition, he delivered a lecture at the Argentina Council of International Relations (CARI). His speech is available here.