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The United States Vice -President Kamala Harris and the Director -General of the World Trade Organisation have stated their commitments to advancing international trade .
The two women leaders revealed that they had a phone conversations, during which the decision was made .
According to tweets via their individual verified Twitter handles @ VP and @ NOIweala respectively , the American VP had initiated the call to the WTO chief .
The VP tweeted , “ l spoke with WTO Director General Dr . Okonjo -Iweala . We agreed to advancing international trade for recovery and equitable economic growth. We discussed human rights , investing in the environment, health , and technology to spur development and prosperity for the American people . ”
And Okonjo – Iweala responded , thanking Kamala for the call, “ Thank you Madam Vice President Kamala Harris @ VP for a great conversation on the way forward on @ WTO reform . Your encouragement and wise counsel is much appreciated . ”
Okonjo -Iweala had earlier held discussions on WTO reforms with Ambassador Lopes Parola of Brazil , who represents the Mission of Brazil to the World Trade Organisation and other international economic organisations in Geneva ; George Mina , Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Australia to the World Trade Organisation, WIPO , and UNCTAD; as well as Yamazaki Kazuyuki of Japan , who is also his country ’ s Permanent Mission of Japan to international organisations in Geneva.

The White House , in a readout of the call, said : “ The Vice President and the director general discussed how improved living standards , labour rights , human rights , and the well -being of working families must be at the centre of our shared priorities to use trade as a lever to lift communities out of poverty .
“ They also discussed the need for reforms within the World Trade Organisation to maximise its effectiveness for the future . ”
US Vice President Kamala Harris on Thursday spoke over phone with Director General of the World Trade Organization Ngozi Okonjo – Iweala during which they discussed the need for reforms within the WTO to maximize its effectiveness for the future . ”
Business Standard reported that during the call, Kamala congratulated Okonjo -Iweala and offered her strong support as the global community works toward recovery from the devastating impact of the COVID -19 pandemic .
“ They committed to work together to address the economic and health consequences of COVID – 19 and climate change, and to prioritize resilience in the global supply chain, ” Business Standard reported .
Kamala and Okonjo -Iweala committed to work closely together to accelerate momentum in the global economy for the benefit of all .

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