WELL-ATTENDED HIGH-LEVEL SEMINAR AT THE WTO ABOUT GLOBAL DEAL AND TRADE

Geneva, Switzerland, 22 November 2017. Sweden’s Prime Minister Stefan Löfven hosted a well-attended high-level seminar about Global Deal and trade together with WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo under the title “Making Globalization Work for Everyone”. The Prime Minister opened the seminar by speaking on how the international community can make globalisation work for everyone and how the benefits of trade can be better shared.

– It is time to put people first and it is time to ensure that globalization oppresses no one but benefits everyone. Addressing issues such as inequality, unemployment and unfair practices is our moral duty, said PM Stefan Löfven.

The event aimed to trigger a discussion on the trade aspects of the Global Deal. Director-General of the WTO, Roberto Azevêdo welcomed the Global Deal as a platform for highlighting issues related to decent work and inclusive growth.

– The Global Deal has social dialogue and collaboration at its core. It draws attention to issues that are close to our heart at the WTO, such as making the global economy more inclusive, and spreading the benefits of trade to everyone, said DG Roberto Azevêdo.

The speakers, representing different interests, spoke about various challenges of trade and globalization. Some of the topics that were addressed was the need for enhanced dialogue among international institutions, the balance between creating aligned international trade policies whilst still making room for local adaptations, as well as how to adapt and equip to the future of work and technological change. In general, there was great consensus that social dialogue and cooperation in line with the Global Deal partnership can be an effective tool to deal with these challenges.

Prominent speakers such as; the ILO Director-General Guy Ryder, Ethiopia’s Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Abdulfatah Abdullahi and the newly appointed president of the World Economic Forum Børge Brende. More speakers included; the acting General Secretary of TUAC Pierre Habbard, the Group External Affairs Director at  Vodafone Group Joakim Reiter, as well as Sabina Dewan, President and Executive Director of JustJobs Network and Jens Suedekum, Professor at Henrich-Heine University in Düsseldorf. The seminar was moderated by international broadcaster Tanya Beckett.

As a follow-up WTO and the Swedish government will be working jointly to deepen reserach in this area by compiling a dossier of adjustment policies in selected countries.

To watch the full event click here.

Read the Prime Minister’s speech here.

Read an article about the seminar at the WTO’s website.

Read the WTO Director-General’s speech here.