World Trade Organization director-general Roberto Azevedo. Photo by David Paterson.

World Trade Organization director-general Roberto Azevedo. Photo by David Paterson.

Trading for the region

Australia's role as a major regional player will be demonstrated at the G-20 summit, says World Trade Organization director-general ROBERTO AZEVEDO.

As head of the world's only international body dealing with rules of trade between nations, Roberto Azevedo plays a key role in the development of links in the Asia-Pacific region.

At the end of last year, Azevedo presided over the Bali Package trade agreement, which aimed at lowering global trade barriers to make it easier for developing countries to trade with the developed world.

Reflecting on the opportunity created by the Bali Package trade agreement when visiting ANU, Roberto Azevedo spoke about Australia's increasing role as a major regional political leader and how trade links are key to the development of the Pacific region.

In this edited extract of his speech to a public forum hosted by the East Asian Bureau of Economic Research at the Crawford School of Public Policy, Azevedo - who has also served as Brazil's Ambassador to the United Nations' international organisations - talks about Australia's political leadership and relationships with its geographical neighbours.

Azevedo he has served in a number of roles within the Brazilian foreign ministry and was chief litigator in many disputes at the WTO. He is Brazil's permanent representative to the WTO.

You can watch an interview between Azevedo and ANU Emeritus Professor Peter Drysdale AM below.