On 31 August 2020, Roberto Azevêdo will step 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, Creon Butler hosts a conversation with Ambassador Jesús Seade Kuri, under-secretary for North America in Mexico’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and candidate for the post of director-general of the WTO. Ambassador Seade is chief negotiator for the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement on trade and was previously deputy director-general of the WTO.
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.
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?