On 31 August 2020, Roberto Azevêdo will step down as director-general of the World Trade Organization. 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 amidst intensifying international trade tensions, rising protectionism and the unprecedent global economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic.
In this webinar, Dr John Nilsson-Wright hosts a conversation with trade minister for the Republic of Korea Ms Yoo Myung-Hee. Myung-Hee has many years of experience in trade negotiations starting from 1995 when she led WTO affairs in the Korean Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy. Recently she served as a negotiator of the regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), the Korea-China FTA and the Korea-US FTA renegotiation. Myung-Hee is currently a candidate for the post of WTO director-general.
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 organisation as the world grapples with the COVID-19 crisis and on-going global trade tensions?
Chatham House has worked since its foundation to support and help develop the rules-based multilateral economic system and this event is part of a centenary series, supported by GEF and the Global Trade Policy Forum, of dialogues with the WTO candidates to better understand their stance on key challenges in world trade.