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Moldova’s WTO candidate urges new, inclusive digital trade rules

2020-08-10 10:37:13 Xinhuanet.com

The candidate of the Republic of Moldova for the top post of WTO called for more digital inclusiveness for least developed and developing ries.

The candidate of the Republic of Moldova for the top post of World Trade Organization (WTO) called for more digital inclusiveness for least developed and developing countries and said international rulemaking on e-commerce could not wait any longer.

Tudor Ulianovschi, an experienced diplomat, said that if picked as the next Director-General of the Geneva-based global trade body, he would "not waste time" and focus "on achieving concrete results."

"We have all entered a new post-pandemic era, where effects of the global economic crisis will be felt," he told Xinhua in a recent interview.

"That is why the WTO's role should be further consolidated and its future Director-General should actively engage and identify keys to win-win solutions, regardless of the level of tension or of the difficulty of the issues."

Ulianovschi has over 16 years of experience in diplomatic service and previously served as Minister of Foreign Affairs of Moldova.

Before that, he served as ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein, as well as Permanent Representative to the United Nations Office in Geneva and to the WTO.

During his mandate in Geneva, he also worked as Chairman of the WTO's Committee on Balance-of-Payments and President of Trade and Development Board at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development.

Ulianovschi said he was a firm believer in the multilateral trading system.

"We are all witnesses of the fact that the WTO is facing unprecedented challenging times being at the cross-roads," he said.

He said reinvigorating the negotiations within the multilateral trading system, safeguarding and improving the WTO's dispute settlement system and reinforcing compliance with notifications obligations, as well as boosting the efficiency and effectiveness of the WTO's monitoring and transparency function, were crucial.

The incumbent WTO Director-General Roberto Azevedo announced in May that he would resign from the post on Aug. 31, a year before his term expires.

Ulianovschi, however, urged that the WTO should be modernized in the digital world.

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