“A strong, viable WTO is essential for New Zealand”

Speech – World Trade Organisation Smaller economies such as New Zealand can benefit strongly from the platform that the WTO provides for negotiating agriculture, cutting red tape at the border and other issues, and for small and medium-sized enterprises, which do not have the same …A strong, viable WTO is essential for New Zealand — Azevêdo tells NZ institute Smaller economies such as New Zealand can benefit strongly from the platform that the WTO provides for negotiating agriculture, cutting red tape at the border and other issues, and for small and medium-sized enterprises, which do not have the same capacity to overcome barriers such as complex and differing systems of rules, Director-General Roberto Azevêdo told an event organized by the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs at Victoria University, Wellington, on 18 November 2014. This is what he said: Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen. It’s a pleasure to be here at Victoria University — and here in New Zealand. I want to thank Peter Kennedy and the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs for arranging this event. This is a crucial time for the multilateral trading system — and therefore it is a particular pleasure to be here today. New Zealand is known as a champion of free trade, and as one of the most open economies in the world. This is a trading nation. Around 4 out of...

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