Access to COVID-19 vaccine, ministerial outcomes key to driving development in LLDCs

Deputy Director-General Xiangchen Zhang called on the global community to increase the access of landlocked developing countries (LLDCs) to the COVID-19 vaccine and to achieve outcomes at the WTO’s 12th Ministerial Conference that will support sustainable development. DDG Zhang was speaking at the LLDC ministerial meeting held virtually on the margins of the UN General Assembly on 23 September. “The decisions and agreements reached at the WTO will determine the future of the multilateral trading system and its potential to keep driving development,” he said. His full remarks are below.