The Trade Ministers summit in Geneva in December is unlikely to give a boost to trade negotiations at the World Trade Organisation. The Doha Round of trade negotiations, which soon will celebrate its tenth anniversary, has been off track for years. Ministers will come to Geneva armed with statements declaring their affection to multilateralism, but they have no intent of doing actual negotiation and probably harbour little hope that negotiations in the Round can be revived.
In a series of seminar ahead of the summit, ECIPE will host own and external scholars and practitioners to discuss ideas on how negotiations at the WTO could be revived – inside or outside the Doha Round. At this seminar, Professor, Dr. Reinhard Quick, the Director of Brussels office of the German chemical industry association, VCI, will discuss conditions for successful sectoral agreements and the extent to which they offer ways forward for negotiations at the WTO.
RSVP by October 24
A sandwich lunch will be served.
On November 15, Hosuk Lee-Makiyama, a Director at ECIPE, will present his idea of an International Digital Economy Agreement.