Yorks International Trade Chief to meet new WTO DG

26 September 2013

A meeting with the newly-appointed director general of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) is in the diary for a Yorkshire export chief this month.

International trade director at Yorkshire-based Chamber International, Tim Bailey, will be flying out to Geneva this month where he will meet WTO director general, Roberto Azevedo, at an international trade forum.

Tim has been international trade director for ten years at Chamber International which provides a wide range of specialist export services for chambers of commerce and other businesses as well as helping Leeds City Region deliver its We Are International export drive which aims to bring an additional £2.6bn into the ten local authorities areas in the next five years.

He will meet Roberto Azevedo, who took up his appointment on September 1, at a WTO convention Expanding Trade Through Innovation And The Digital Economy which will be attended by local and national export professionals worldwide.

Tim Bailey says: “My visit is a fact-finding mission to keep abreast of the latest world trade developments and exchange ideas with senior trade officials to help shape future services and ensure that we continue to give cutting–edge advice.

Roberto Azevedo, who takes over from Pascal Lamy has been Brazlil’s WTO ambassador since 2008 and is the first Latin American to hold the post.

More than 8,000 representatives from NGOs, civil society, academia, business, the media, governments, parliamentarians and inter-governmental organisations have attended the annual event at the WTO’s Headquarters in Geneva since it was first launched in 2001.

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