Readout of Ambassador Katherine Tai’s meeting with World Trade Organization Director-General Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

September 22, 2021

WASHINGTON – United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai today met with the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Director-General Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.
This was the first in-person meeting between Ambassador Tai and Director-General Okonjo-Iweala after several virtual conversations throughout this year. They discussed trade’s essential role in the global economy and the importance of multilateral cooperation between countries and trading partners. They both agreed that the WTO must play a critical role in harnessing trade as a force for good.
Ambassador Tai noted that a successful WTO Ministerial Conference needs to deliver a meaningful agreement in the fisheries subsidies negotiations and on WTO Members’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the importance of WTO reform.
Ahead of the Twelfth WTO Ministerial Conference in November, Ambassador Tai and Director-General Okonjo-Iweala pledged to continue frequent dialogue on these issues and maintaining a direct line of communication.