In December Trade Ministers will gather in Geneva for a summit at the World Trade Organisation. It is already clear that the meeting will offer next to nothing for the Doha Round of trade negotiations, which soon will celebrate its tenth anniversary. 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 first seminar, Roderick Abbott will kick off with an account of the Doha Round and ways forward now. A Senior Adviser at ECIPE, Abbott is a former Deputy Director General of the WTO and the European Commission who has followed the Round closely from its start in 2001.
RSVP by October 12
A sandwich lunch will be served.
On October 25, Professor Reinhard Quick, who heads the Brussels office for VCI, will speak about a sectoral agreement for the chemicals sector.
On November 15, Hosuk Lee-Makiyama, a Director at ECIPE, will present his idea of an International Digital Economy Agreement.