Yet another attempt to conclude the Doha Round has fizzled out and increasingly frustrated political leaders are now asking serious questions about the Round’s future, if indeed there is one. High-level commitments from G20 summits have not helped to form a better environment for a new global trade agreement – and, overall, the spirit of decisive global economic cooperation at the G20 during the crisis appears to have waned. What are the next steps for global economic leadership – especially for the World Trade Organisation? You are cordially invited to a conference on the politics of trade and global leadership with a panel of seasoned experts and officials.
- Alejandro Jara
- Frank Lavin
- Marc Vanheukelen
09:40 Panel discussion
Alejandro Jara is the Deputy Director General of the World Trade Organisation and was previously the Chilean Ambassador to the WTO. In the latter capacity he served as Chairperson for the Committee on Trade and Environment and as Chairman of the Special Session of the Council for Trade in Services.
Frank Lavin is the Chairman, Public Affairs Practice, of Edelman Asia Pacific. From 2005 till 2007, Lavin was the US Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade. He has previously been a senior official in the White House and the US State Department, and he served as the US Ambassador to Singapore from 2001 to 2005.
Marc Vanheukelen is the Head of Cabinet for the EU Trade Commissioner. Vanheukelen’s career spans several senior positions in the European Commission and the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.