Multilateral and regional trading systems, global agricultural value chains and trade inclusiveness for increased economic growth were on the agenda when representatives from 42 least-developed countries (LDCs) met at the first Global Forum on Inclusive Trade for LDCs at the WTO on 13-14 June 2018. The goal of the gathering was to seek ways to further integrate the world’s poorest countries into the multilateral trading system. Helping women overcome barriers to doing business was discussed.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel hosted a meeting with the heads of six multilateral agencies on 11 June in Berlin to discuss ways to foster international economic co-operation to address global challenges and improve the prospects for inclusive and sustainable growth. A press release was issued after the gathering. Speaking after the meeting, WTO director-general Roberto Azevêdo said: “Many would agree that the trading system is imperfect and that it needs reform… The best way to do this is through a new dialogue among leaders. We must find constructive ways of engaging and bringing leaders together.”
The second meeting of the Energy Transitions Working Group and the meeting of Energy Ministers, from 13-15 June 2018, looked at energy access, transparency and subsidies. On Friday, 15 June at 5.15 pm, once the ministerial meeting was concluded, the G20 troika gave a press conference which was livestreamed on the G20 YouTube channel.
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