With a new US administration committed to multilateralism and a new head of the World Trade Organization (WTO), there is an opportunity for reinvigorating the rules-based international trade order, but will there be enough momentum for overcoming long-standing hurdles to WTO reform, and has the corner been turned on protectionism?
- What can a strategy for effective trade multilateralism look like that takes into account an increasingly competitive world and desire for strategic autonomy in key sectors of the economy?
- What role do the key players (US, EU and China) and forums (such as the Canada-led Ottawa group, but also the G7 and G20) play in advancing the trade agenda?
- What is the outlook for regional economic integration?
- What opportunities and challenges come with increased digital trade?
- How can trade work better for developing countries?
- What more needs to be done to promote and mainstream socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable trade?
Pamela Coke-Hamilton, Executive Director, International Trade Centre
Ambassador Stephen de Boer, Canadian Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organization
Chair: Marianne Schneider-Petsinger, Senior Research Fellow, US and the Americas Programme, Chatham House