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WTO Director General

(Daily News)
December 06, 2018

World Trade Organization Director-General Roberto Azevêdo on Wednesday pointed to the signing of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement and a U.S.-China trade ceasefire as indicators of progress but warned against an “upsurge in anti-trade” sentiment created by “fear and uncertainty.”


(Daily News)
December 04, 2018

Challenging the U.S. on its use of national security to justify Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum is “risky,” World Trade Organization Director-General Roberto Azevêdo said on Tuesday.


(Daily News)
July 06, 2018

World Trade Organization Director General Roberto Azevêdo in a series of tweets on Thursday cautioned the world’s major economies against escalating trade tensions days after WTO members slammed the U.S. for its unilateral measures, warning that the actions will eventually have a devastating impact on international trade and the economy.


(Daily News)
May 07, 2018

World Trade Organization Director General Roberto Azevêdo and more than 30 WTO members on Monday called for trade tensions to cool and for the impasse over Appellate Body vacancies to be resolved, though neither statement called out the United States by name.


(In Trade)
March 20, 2018

“While there are valid concerns with the Appellate Body and dispute settlement process, by blocking these appointments we are hurting our own interests.”


(Daily News)
March 05, 2018

In the first heads-of-delegation meeting at the World Trade Organization since the 11th ministerial conference concluded last December, members and the organization’s director general warned of dire consequences for the global economy and trading system if the U.S. imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum justified by national security.


(In Trade)
December 11, 2017

The director-general said he was “relentless in beating the drum” at MC11.


(Daily News)
December 09, 2017

BUENOS AIRES – On the eve of the World Trade Organization's 11th ministerial here, Argentina's minister for foreign affairs said the world must reform and expand the multilateral trading system rather than withdraw from it.


(Daily News)
November 28, 2017

World Trade Organization Director-General Roberto Azevêdo said Tuesday he does not believe work in Geneva will produce negotiated outcomes before the WTO's 11th ministerial conference in Buenos Aires next month.


(In Trade)
October 25, 2017

“Discussions are ongoing in many areas. While there are some signs of potential convergence in some areas, in many others this is not the case. We need to be very mindful of this.”


(Daily News)
October 16, 2017

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer clarified his objections with the World Trade Organization Appellate Body during a Monday meeting with WTO Director Roberto Azevêdo, but no clear path forward was identified, according to Azevêdo.


(In Trade)
September 01, 2017

“There is no doubt that this is a testing time for global trade.”


(In Trade)
July 24, 2017

“It is encouraging that WTO members collectively continue to show moderation and restraint in the recourse to trade restrictions.”


(In Trade)
June 01, 2017

The USTR “reaffirmed his commitment to working closely with U.S. trading partners to increase the WTO's ability to promote free and fair trade.”


(In Trade)
May 15, 2017

The WTO director-general says he looks forward to talks with Lighthizer to determine what U.S. trade policy will be.


(Daily News)
March 01, 2017

The World Trade Organization's negotiating tables are bereft of textual proposals despite calls for concrete offers, as members have been unable to coalesce around specific outcomes for the December ministerial in Buenos Aires.


(In Trade)
February 28, 2017

“We must build a more inclusive trading system.”


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