Coordinated global response key to MSMEs’ post-pandemic economic recovery — DDG Zhang

Deputy Director-General Xiangchen Zhang highlighted the importance of targeted policies and a coordinated global response to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs). DDG Zhang was speaking at a workshop organized by the WTO Chairs Programme at the University of Mauritius on 22 October. Noting that “MSMEs are the backbone of many economies”, he called on WTO members to “foster a transparent, inclusive, non-discriminatory, and predictable global trade environment that supports and enhances MSMEs’ involvement in international trade.” His remarks are below.