This year, the World Trade Organization (WTO) celebrates its 20th anniversary. Since its inception, the WTO has enhanced global prosperity by liberalizing trade barriers and creating a predictable, rules-based system of international trade that maximizes member countries’ mutual benefits. With globalization and trade negotiations becoming ever more complex, and regional trade agreements drawing on member countries’ resources and attention, what does the future hold for the WTO?
In this virtual conference, David Shark, Deputy Director-General at the World Trade Organization will reflect on the WTO’s contribution to international trade and multilateral trading rules over the past 20 years as well as discuss future priorities. John G. Murphy, Senior Vice President for International Policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce will offer follow-up commentary and questions. Bretton Woods Committee member, Bill Frymoyer, Senior Advisor at Stewart and Stewart will moderate the discussion. Time will be reserved at the end for audience Q & A.