Overview of Developments in the International Trading Environment - Annual Report by the Director-General (2016)

Mid-October 2015 to Mid-October 2016

“Persistent” economic challenges continued to weigh on trade in 2016: Director-General Roberto Azevêdo’s annual overview of developments in the international trading system highlights the “persistent” global economic challenges in 2016 that continue to weigh on international trade. The report, which was discussed at a 9 December meeting of the WTO’s Trade Policy Review Body, urges members to work together to ensure that the benefits of trade are more widely spread and better understood.