WTO Director General Roberto Azevêdo Emphasizes Key Roles of Bangladesh and Nepal in Doha Development Agenda

27 June 2014

World Trade Organization (WTO) Director General Roberto Azevêdo visited SASEC member countries Bangladesh on June 3, 2014, and Nepal on June 4-5, 2014 highlighting achievements of the recent Ninth WTO Ministerial Meeting held in Bali in December 2013, and discussing key trade issues.

Emphasizing the two countries’ contribution to the successful Bali negotiations, he thanked Nepal for its role as coordinator of least developed countries (LDCs). Recognizing the Bali Package as a milestone for LDCs, Azevêdo impressed upon authorities and businesspeople in Nepal the relevance of the multilateral trading system to their country and sought support in the implementation of the Bali Package, including the Agreement on Trade Facilitation.

At a speech delivered to textile manufacturers and exporters in Bangladesh, he stated that ‘Bangladesh’s substantive input and continued active engagement can help the LDC Group realize the full potential from the Bali Package and the Doha Development Agenda.’ Highlighting how trade facilitation will boost the global economy, Azevêdo underscored the huge benefits streamlining customs procedures will lend to developing countries and LDCs. Moreover, he noted that the implementation of the Agreement on Trade Facilitation will be determined by the countries concerned, through national capacity building support from WTO and its partners.

The South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) partnership supports trade facilitation reform efforts in the two countries, as well as in Bhutan, through the Asian Development Bank (ADB)-financed $48 million SASEC Trade Facilitation Program. $1.5 million technical assistance for Trade Facilitation in Nepal under the Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction was also launched in May 2014. ADB is also assisting the three countries implement $6 million in national and regional technical assistance projects from the Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction, with particular focus on capacity-building activities in trade facilitation.

Related Links:

WTO News, "Azevêdo discusses trade issues affecting poorest countries in visit to Nepal"

WTO News, "Azevêdo underlines leadership role of Bangladesh in post-Bali work"

SASEC Trade Facilitation Program

SASEC News, "Launch of $1.5 Million Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction Technical Assistance for Trade Facilitation in Nepal"

SASEC News, "Launch of $1.5 million Japan fund for Poverty Reduction Technical Assistance in Bhutan for Trade Facilitation"

Representatives from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal (BBIN) met in New Delhi, India, on 8 February 2020 to...

Read More

The Governments of Bangladesh and India signed an agreement to upgrade the 50.58-kilometer long road between Ashuganj river...

Read More

India Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli jointly inaugurated the Integrated Check Post...

Read More

Inland waterways could significantly reduce the cost of transporting goods and transit time, and decongest highways....

Read More

The Governments of Bangladesh and India held a Commerce Secretary-level meeting on 15-16 January 2020 in New Delhi,...

Read More

Mr. Hasan Mahmud, Information Minister of Bangladesh, and Mr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, External Affairs Minister of India, underscored in...

Read More

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will support trade facilitation in Bangladesh ...

Read More