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ECIPE Webinar: What Now for the WTO after MC13?

March 12 2024
Venue: ZOOM Webinar
Speakers: Deborah Elms, Ignacio García Bercero, Alan Wm. Wolff
Time: 16:00

Join our ECIPE online seminar for an insightful discussion on the future of the WTO post-MC13.

Featuring expert analysis from three distinguished speakers, this event will dissect the outcomes of the 13th Ministerial Conference, held in the United Arab Emirates, and explore its implications for the global trading system.

Despite the challenges leading up to MC13, including a wide agenda amidst increasing global trade tensions and the quest for consensus among 164 members, this seminar aims to unpack the results and implications of the conference. From discussions on agriculture and fishery subsidies to the innovative steps towards e-commerce and environmental sustainability, our experts will provide in-depth analysis and forward-looking perspectives.

Attendees will gain a deeper understanding of the challenges and opportunities ahead, as our panelists offer their perspectives on the evolving landscape of global trade rules and the WTO’s pivotal role in shaping it.

We will tackle the following topics:

  1. Key Takeaways: What are the most significant outcomes of MC13, and what do they indicate about the WTO’s future direction?
  2. Agriculture and Fisheries: What progress was made in agriculture and fisheries at MC13, and what are the implications for global trade?
  3. Trade Agreement Innovations: How could the discussions on plurilaterals and e-commerce at MC13 influence future WTO agreements?
  4. Sustainability Focus: What steps has MC13 proposed to better align trade with environmental sustainability?
  5. WTO Reform: Based on MC13 outcomes, what are the immediate reform priorities for the WTO?
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Dr. Deborah Elms, Head of Trade Policy at the Hinrich Foundation in Singapore. Prior to joining the Foundation, she was the Executive Director and Founder of the Asian Trade Centre (ATC). She was also President of the Asia Business Trade Association (ABTA) and the Board Director of the Asian Trade Centre Foundation (ATCF).

Ignacio García Bercero, Director at the Directorate General for Trade of the European Commission (DG TRADE). Mr Garcia Bercero for a long time coordinated the work of the EU-US High Level Working Group on Growth and Jobs, which recommended the launch of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations. He then acted as the EU Chief Negotiator for this agreement.

Alan WM. Wolff, Distinguished visiting fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics and former deputy director-general of the World Trade Organization. He is also the author of “Revitalizing the World Trading System”, a recent guidebook to the WTO.

Moderated by Matthias. Bauer, Director ECIPE.