El Presidente de Madagascar, Andry Rajoelina, visitó la OMC el 11 de junio y se reunió con el Director General Roberto Azevêdo. Ambos conversaron sobre las dificultades a las que se enfrenta el sistema multilateral de comercio y la manera en que las preocupaciones de los países menos adelantados (PMA), entre los que se incluye Madagascar, se pueden abordar en el marco del sistema multilateral de comercio.
«I welcome Madagascar’s commitment to the WTO,» DG Azevêdo said. «Development is central to this organization – especially meeting the needs of least-developed countries. We are working hard to ensure that the benefits of trade are more widely shared among our LDC members through technical assistance and capacity building work, and through delivering agreements that bring significant benefits to LDCs, including the Trade Facilitation Agreement, which Madagascar ratified in 2016. I look forward to working with the President in further enhancing trade as a key element of the country’s development aims.»
Madagascar became a member of the WTO on 17 November 1995, having joined the WTO’s predecessor, the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), in September 1963.