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The WTO: Past, Present and Future – Putting the Problems in Perspective

March 27 2008
Venue: Hotel Silken Berlaymont Boulevard Charlemagne 11 – 19, Brussels
Speakers: Roderick Abbott, Former Deputy Director General of the WTOnPatrick Low, Chief Economist (Director of Economic Research and Statistics) at the World Trade OrganizationnPeter Kleen, Senior Fellow of ECIPE and Trade Policy ConsultantnLars Anell, Chairman of ICC’s Commission on Trade and Investment Policy; former Chairman of the GATTnPatrick Messerlin, Professor, GEM, Sciences PonSigne Ratso, Director Responsible for WTO Affairs, DG Trade, European Commission
Time: 13:00

With a faltering Doha Round, the future of the multilateral trading system is at stake. Taking a historical perspective can be a useful way of bringing in new perspectives in current discussions on the future of the WTO. Reports will be presented followed by commentaries by key discussants.

With a faltering Doha Round, the future of the
multilateral trading system is at stake. Much ink has been spilt on the
problems and future prospects of the locus of multilateral trade activity – the
Word Trade Organization (WTO). Taking a historical perspective can be a useful
way of bringing in new perspectives in current discussions on the future of the
WTO.

The WTO’s latest World Trade Report provides a comprehensive sixty year history of the world trading system. ECIPE’s Peter Kleen,
in a forthcoming Jan Tumlir Policy Essay analyses the past ten years of
the WTO and hints at lessons that can be learnt from previous rounds
with special focus on the Uruguay Round. This conference will present
both reports, followed by commentaries by key discussants.

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