The WTO would function better if it could become more flexible in drawing on cross-cutting expertise both from within the organisation and from external stakeholders. This was one of a range of messages floated at this week’s meeting of the WTO’s general council, as discussions picked up speed on how …
WTO Corner: Industrial and fish subsidies in focus
This week was a lot about putting up a public show, with Botswana’s president Mokgweetsi Masisi giving the second Presidential Lecture at WTO headquarters and director-general Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala playing star at an event co-organised with the global football federation FIFA on ‘Making Trade Score For Women’. In the quieter nooks …
WTO reform moves to centre stage as MC13 countdown continues
Pressure from WTO member countries for improvements in the way the organisation conducts its business is starting to build, as the next ministerial meeting of the organisation starts to loom larger on the horizon.
WTO: Countdown to MC13 begins after Davos
Trade ministers from around the world have “stressed their commitment” to delivering a successful outcome at next year’s WTO ministerial conference in the UAE capital Abu Dhabi.