At that meeting, President Macron set out his views on the need to strengthen the WTO to ensure that it remains responsive and relevant to members. The Director-General welcomed the President's call to strengthen the system, and said he was ready to support these efforts and work with President Macron and other leaders to ensure that the multilateral trading system is fit for the global challenges of today.
DG Azevêdo said:
“I warmly welcome the strong support expressed today by President Macron for the WTO and multilateral trading system. It was comforting to hear what he said and I agree entirely with his assessment on the need to strengthen the WTO and to make it more effective in addressing the trade challenges of today. I commend the President for his leadership and stand ready to support him and all WTO members in exploring ways to make the WTO work better for all,”