Multilateralism “must be reimagined and fit for purpose,” DG tells Brazilian diplomats

Brazil, and in particular its powerhouse agri-food sector, has benefited from open markets provided by the multilateral trading system, and it can benefit even more with a revitalized WTO, Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala told young diplomats and other guests at a lecture at Instituto Rio Branco, Brazil’s diplomatic academy, in Brasilia on 18 April. She stressed that multilateralism “must be reimagined and made fit for purpose to serve 21st century challenges”. The lecture opened a two-day visit for talks with government officials, the agriculture industry, parliamentarians and businesspeople. Her remarks are below.