On June 30, 2022, the Friends of Multilateralism Group (FMG) organized a dialogue with key capitals (Brussels) to discuss what future does the EU see for the WTO and how does this relate to the direction of its trade policy. Stuart Harbinson, FMG Board Member and Former Chief Representative of HK China to the WTO moderated this session.


Ignacio Garcia Bercero, Director in charge of Multilateral Affairs, Strategy, Analysis and Evaluation at DG Trade in the European Commission; Cecilia Malmstrom, FMG member and Former European Trade Commissioner; and Iana Dreyer, the Founder and Editor of borderlex.net, the leading independent publication on trade policy in Europe shared their insights on these important issues, and then answered the questions from the participants. Over 50 participants attended this session, including members of FMG/FFMG, Ambassadors/DPRs of WTO members, and representatives from related international organizations and think tanks.  


Recording of this session can be watched via: https://youtu.be/DgF4CFbocmo 


Annex 1: Program


Opening Remarks

Speaker: Xiankun Lu (FMG)



Speaker: Stuart Harbinson (FMG)





Moderator: Stuart Harbinson (FMG)

15:09- 15:21

Speaker 1: Ignacio Garcia Bercero (European Commission)

15:21- 15:33

Speaker 2: Cecilia Malmstrom (FMG)

15:33- 15:45

Speaker 3: Iana Dreyer (Borderlex)



15:45- 16:30


Moderator: Stuart Harbinson (FMG)



Annex 2: List of confirmed participants



Mercedes Araoz (FMG)

Clemens Boonekamp (FMG)

Jonathan T. Fried (FMG)

Bernard Hoekman (FMG)

Stuart Harbinson (FMG)

Alejandro Jara (FMG)

Xiankun Lu (FMG)

Patrick Low (FMG)

Hamid Mamdouh (FMG)

Cecilia Malmstrom (FMG)

Mario Matus (FMG)

Mia Mikic (FMG)

Maxim Medvedkov (FMG)

Victor Do Prado (FMG)

Sherry Stephenson (FMG)

Jayashree Watal (FMG)

John M Weekes (FMG)

Alan Wolff (FMG)

Brad McDonald (FFMG)

Sean Doherty (FFMG)


2.WTO Missions

Belgium: Marc Pecsteen, Ambassador

France: Outdot De Dainville, Ambassador

Timor-Leste: Lurdes Bessa, Ambassador

Egypt: Ahmed Ihab Gamaleldin, Ambassador

Iran: Esmaeil Baghaei Hamaneh, Ambassador

Sweden: Mikael ANZÉN, Ambassador

Malaysia: Rashidi Said, Ambassador

Norway: Dagfinn SØrli, Ambassador

Brunei Darussalam: Mazlizah PG Mahalee, Ambassador

Burkina Faso: Eliele Nadine Traore Bazie, Ambassador

Egypt: Ahmed Ihab Gamaleldin, Ambassador

Russian Federation: Dmitry Lyakishev, Ambassador

Sudan: Osman Mohammed, Ambassador

Mexico: Angel Villalobos, Ambassador

Thailand: Pimchanok Pitfield, Ambassador

EU: Hiddo Houben, DPR

The Netherlands: Marcel Vernooij, DPR

Nepal: Buddhi Prasad Upadhyaya, DPR

Fiji: Anare Leweniqila, DPR

Luxembours: Christiane Daleiden Distefano, DPR

Germany: Alexandru Zegrea, DPR

Argentina: Josefina Bunge, DPR

Czech: Lenka Sustrova, DPR

Peru: Pedro Bravo, DPR

Costa Rica: Jaime Coghi Arias, DPR

New Zealand: Alison Hamilton, DPR

Singapore: Darryl Leong, DPR

Russian Federation: Natalia Oreshenkova, DPR


3.Think Tanks

William Reinsch, CSIS

Hosuk Lee-Makiyama, ECIPE