DG Azevêdo kick-starts discussion on post-Nairobi work


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Director-General Roberto Azevêdo convened a meeting of all WTO members today (10 February) to discuss the future work of the organization. It was the first meeting of the full membership since the WTO’s Ministerial Conference in Nairobi.

The Director-General said:

Nairobi was the second consecutive WTO Ministerial Conference where we delivered important outcomes. We are establishing a strong record of delivery and should build on this success. In Nairobi Ministers gave us some specific guidance on our future work. They asked us to find ways to advance negotiations and so this is an urgent priority for the organization.

“In all of the exchanges I have had so far this year, I have been struck by the sense of optimism about the WTO. There is a clear desire to deliver more. It is important that we have a rich dialogue over the coming months about how we can move forward — and in doing so we must hear the views of all.

“I think members need to acknowledge their differences. The fact is that members don’t see eye-to-eye on some issues — and this is not likely to change in the short term. Faced with this situation, the worst thing we could do would be to allow these differences to seize-up WTO negotiations — and push activity towards other forums. We can’t allow multilateral cooperation to suffer, especially at a time when the world needs our contribution to help improve people’s lives and prospects around the world — particularly for the poorest.

“In my view, we need to accept the reality of the situation. We need to figure out how to work together — despite members’ different perspectives — for the benefit of all. We need to figure out how we can keep delivering for jobs, growth and development — to make as full a contribution as we can.”

Many delegations took the floor during the meeting, with many welcoming the results of the Nairobi Ministerial Conference, stressing the importance of implementing those outcomes, and expressing their willingness to engage in discussions on how to advance negotiations. The Director-General and some members also stressed that the preparatory process for Ministerial Conferences can be improved in order to maintain transparency and inclusivity throughout the process.

Fonte: OMC

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  1. Originada do GATT 47, mantendo os mesmos princípios e regras deste, a Organização Mundial do Comércio (OMC) conta atualmente com 162 membros, contendo desde grandes potências mundiais, como os Estados Unidos da América até países menos expressivos no cenário econômico mundial, como a República de Fiji, o que demonstra certamente a diversidade desta organização. Sendo assim, seu principal desafio é como conciliar interesses tão diferentes, para não dizer antagônicos, em uma única instituição. Desse modo, o encontro promovido pelo diretor geral da OMC, Roberto Azevedo, o primeiro depois da Conferência de Nairobi se mostra imprescindível para a manutenção do grupo e diálogo constante de seus países membros. A fala do diretor geral demonstra de forma clara o teor do defendido acima, uma vez que afirma que os membros da OMC precisam descobrir um modo de trabalhar juntos, mesmo tendo perspectivas diferentes, para que essa organização consiga atingir seu fim maior que, sem dúvida nenhuma, é o benefício de todos.

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