Azevêdo meets President #Nazarbayev in #Astana – welcomes strong support for #WTO

| October 11, 2018

Director-General Roberto Azevêdo met with President Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan in Astana to discuss the current state of global trade and economic co-operation and to review preparations for the 12th WTO Ministerial Conference, which is to be held in Astana in 2020.

Azevêdo meets President Nazarbayev in Astana; welcomes strong support for the WTO

During the meeting, the President reiterated Kazakhstan’s strong supports for the principles underpinning the WTO, and for its role in strengthening and expanding trade and economic relations between its members. DG Azevedo thanked President Nazarbayev for Kazakhstan’s successful bid to host the Ministerial Conference, and welcomed the opportunity to deepen cooperation between Kazakhstan and the WTO.

After the meeting DG Azevêdo said: “President Nazarbayev and I discussed the current trends of the global economy, the tensions that we see in the trading system and possible steps to resolve those tensions. The meeting was very fruitful. I thanked the President for supporting Kazakhstan’s active membership of the multilateral trade system and for the government’s initiative to host the WTO Ministerial Conference in 2020. This will be a historic event. I look forward to further developing the co-operation between the WTO and Kazakhstan.”

The Director-General also met Kazakhstan’s Prime MinisterBakytzhan Sagintayev.

In addition, DG Azevêdo addressed the Seventh China Round Table on WTO Accessions, which has been held in Astana this week. His remarks are available here.

DG Azevêdo also spoke at a high-level forum on advancing trade and investment facilitation for development in Astana on 28 September. His remarks are available here.


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