On 11th January 2022, the Friends of Multilateralism Group (FMG) organized an online brainstorming session based on the article “Arriving at an equitable response to the pandemic” authored by Pradeep S. Mehta and Sneha Singh of Consumer Unity & Trust Society (CUTS International).


Pradeep S. Mehta, founder Secretary General of CUTS International shared his thoughts on the possible ways forward to address the inequity in COVID-19 vaccine distribution. Chad Bown, senior fellow at Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE), and Simon Evenett, FMG member and Professor of international trade and economic development at the University of St. Gallen shared their comments as discussants. Mario Matus, FMG member and former Ambassador of Chile to the WTO moderated this session.


Over 60 participants joined the brainstorming, including members of FMG, Friends of FMG and Punta del Este Group (PEG), Ambassadors/DPRs of WTO members, and representatives from related international organization and think tanks.


Recording of this session can be viewed via: https://youtu.be/Er8uK5Kw4tE.



Opening Remarks

Speaker: Xiankun Lu (FMG)





Moderator: Mario Matus (FMG)


Speaker: Pradeep S. Mehta (CUTS International)


Discussant: Chad Bown (PIIE)


Discussant: Simon Evenett (FMG)





Moderator: Mario Matus (FMG)

Annex 1: Programme of this session



Annex 2: List of confirmed participants

Confirmed Participants

FMG Online Brainstorming:

“Arriving at an equitable response to the pandemic”




Axel Addy (FMG)

Mercedes Araoz (FMG)

Clemens Boonekamp (FMG)

Daniel Crosby (FMG)

Simon Evenett (FMG)

Jonathan Fried (FMG)

Alejandro Jara (FMG)

Patrick Low (FMG)

Xiankun Lu (FMG)

Cecilia Malmström (FMG)

Hamid Mamdouh (FMG)

Mario Matus (FMG)

Pradeep S Mehta (FMG)

Mia Mikic (FMG)

Hector R Torres (FMG)

Xinquan Tu (FMG)

Alan Wolff (FMG)

Brad McDonald (FFMG)

Sacha Silva (FFMG)

Olaf Wientzek (FFMG)


2.WTO Missions

Egypt: Ahmed Ihab Gamaleldin, Ambassador

Germany: Katharina Stasch, Ambassador

Mexico: Angel Villalobos, Ambassador

Pakistan: Mujtaba Piracha, Ambassador

Singapore: TAN Hung Seng, Ambassador

Czech: Lenka Sustrova, DPR

EU: Hiddo Houben, DPR

Finland: Anna Vitie, DPR

Guatemala: Marco Tulio Molina, DPR

Mexico: Ismael Ortiz, DPR

The Netherlands: Marcel Vernooij, DPR


3.WTO Secretariat

Anabel Gonzalez, Deputy Director-General

Robert Koopman, Director, Economic Research and Statistics Division

Werner Zdouc, Director, Knowledge and Information Management, Academic Outreach and WTO Chairs Programme

Gabrielle Marceau, Counsellor for Research on Legal Policy, Economic Research and Statistics Division


4.Internatioal Orgnizations

Ahmad Mukhtar, FAO

Kimberley Botwright, WEF

Sean Doherty, WEF


5.Think Tanks

Hosuk Lee-Makiyama, ECIPE

Chad Bown, PIIE

Jeff Schott, PIIE

Bill Reinsch, PIIE