On June 11, 2018, German Chancellor Angela Merkel met with leaders from the World Trade Organization (WTO), International Labour Organization (ILO), International Monetary Fund (IMF), Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the World Bank and the African Development Bank (AfDB) to discuss ways to encourage economic cooperation.
A joint press release listed several areas of common views amongst the meeting attendees. Key areas include:
- Continued work towards “improving and strengthening the rules-based multilateral trading system and its role in global trade”;
- A “need to develop coherent and forward-looking policies that support inclusive innovation-driven growth, including quality education, youth employment, social inclusion, gender equality, transition to formal employment, and access to digital infrastructure”; and
- A need to “promote decent work and quality jobs worldwide.”
The WTO press release may be found here:
The joint press release may be found here: