Annual Report 2019

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The WTO’s Annual Report 2019 provides a comprehensive account of the organization’s activities in 2018 and early 2019. The Report opens with a message from Director-General Roberto Azevêdo and a brief overview of the year. This is followed by in-depth accounts of the WTO’s main areas of activity over the past 12 months.

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Trade negotiations and discussions

In 2018, WTO members sought practical and constructive ways to move trade negotiations forward. The Trade Negotiations Committee (TNC) Chair, Director-General Roberto Azevêdo, said that if members are to deliver substantive outcomes, it cannot be business as usual. Members need to reflect in an active way. There will be different needs and results in different negotiating groups, and it is up to members to determine with the respective chairs the appropriate path. It is important that pledges of support for the system are matched with deeds.

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