Report to the TPRB from the Director-General on Trade-Related Developments (2011)

Mid-October 2010 to end-April 2011

Trade restrictions on the rise: Director-General Pascal Lamy, in presenting his interim report on trade developments to the Trade Policy Review Body on 21 June 2011, urged “increased vigilance by all WTO Members” as “protectionist pressures remain and are being generated by stubbornly high levels of unemployment in many countries, persistent global imbalances, and macroeconomic concerns”. Many delegations expressed concern over the recent increase in trade restrictions, and called on the WTO to continue with its regular trade monitoring reports