Readout of Ambassador Tai’s Virtual Meeting with WTO Ministers

January 21, 2022

WASHINGTON – United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai today attended the virtual informal World Trade Organization (WTO) ministerial gathering hosted by Switzerland to discuss the path forward for ministerial engagement in 2022.  During the conversation, Ambassador Tai highlighted the WTO’s important role in facilitating a robust global economic recovery from the pandemic and finding pragmatic solutions to increase vaccine production. She acknowledged the opportunity to conclude the fisheries subsidies negotiations and emphasized the need for an ambitious agreement that improves the status quo.  Ambassador Tai also noted that important work remains to be done on agriculture issues.  Lastly, Ambassador Tai reiterated the United States’ deep commitment to the WTO and the urgent need to begin innovative discussions about reforming the institution.