On 31 August 2020, Roberto Azevêdo steps down as director-general of the World Trade Organization (WTO). The selection process for the next director-general is underway with eight candidates nominated by national governments around the world.
The successful candidate will lead this critically important global organization as it faces enormous challenges amid intensifying international trade tensions, rising protectionism and the unprecedented global economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic.
In this webinar, Mohamed El Dahshan hosts a conversation with Abdel-Hamid Mamdouh, candidate for the director-general position at the WTO.
In 1985, Mr Mamdouh was appointed trade negotiator at Egypt’s permanent mission to the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT). Since then, he has served in several roles at the WTO including secretary of the Council for Trade in Services until 2001 and head of the Services and Investment Division until 2017.
What is their overarching philosophy on global trade?
What is their vision of the future role of the WTO and what will be needed to deliver on this?
How will they tackle a number of the most pressing issues facing the organization as the world grapples with the COVID-19 crisis and ongoing global trade tensions?
Chatham House has worked since its foundation to support and help develop the rules-based multilateral economic system. This event is part of a centenary series of dialogues with the WTO candidates supported by the Global Economy and Finance Programme and the Global Trade Policy Forum to better understand their stance on key challenges in world trade.