On Friday, 25 February 2022, the Friends of Multilateralism Group (FMG) organized a dialogue with Ms Elizabeth Baltzan, Senior Advisor of the USTR. Daniel Crosby, Board Member and Treasurer of FMG and Office Managing Partner of King & Spalding LLP Geneva, moderated this dialogue.


Ms Elizabeth Baltzan, in her speech titled “ITO 2022”, reviewed the the ITO and the Havana Charter and their significance for the new reality of the multilateral trading system. She also answered questions from participants on the role of the United States, the impact of geopolitics on the multilateral trading system, and the Appellate Body crisis, etc.


This dialogue was conducted in hybrid format and under Chatham House rules. Over 50 participants joined the dialogue, including members of FMG, Friends of FMG, Ambassadors and DPRs of WTO members, and representatives from related international organization and think tanks.


Annex 1: Meeting Notice


The Friends of Multilateralism are pleased to announce that Ms. Elizabeth Baltzan, Senior Advisor to the United States Trade Representative, has accepted our invitation to address the Friends of Multinationalism and its stakeholders during her visit to Geneva next week.  On Friday, 25 February, from 13:00-14:45, Ms. Baltzan will share her thoughts on ITO 2022 and engage in discussion following our usual format. 


The event will be conducted in hybrid format, so please register by sending email to nathalie_yan@163.com or ranwy@163.com. Details for in-person participation will be provided in advance of the event.



Annex 2: List of confirmed participants



Richard Baldwin (FMG)

Clemens Boonekamp (FMG)

Daniel Crosby (FMG)

Wendy Cutler (FMG)

Stuart Harbinson (FMG)

Jonathan Fried (FMG)

Xiankun Lu (FMG)

Hamid Mamdouh (FMG)

Mia Mikic (FMG)

Xinquan Tu (FMG)

Alan Wolff (FMG)

Brad McDonald (FFMG)

Olaf Wientzek (FFMG)

Matthew Anthony Wilson (FFMG)


II.WTO Missions

Cameroon: S.E.M. Salomon Eheth, Ambassador

EU: João Aguiar Machado, Ambassador

Italy: Gian Lorenzo Cornado, Ambassador

Kazakhstan: Zhanar Aitzhanova, Ambassador

Kenya: Cleopa Mailu, Ambassador

Liechtenstein: Kurt Jäger, Ambassador

Mexico: Ángel Villalobos, Ambassador

Mongolia: Lundeg  Purevsuren, Ambassador

Montenegro: Slavica Milacic, Ambassador

Russia: Dmitry Lyakishev, Ambassador

The Philippines: Manuel A.J. Teehankee, Ambassador

Thailand: Pimchanok Pitfield, Ambassador

China: Li Yihong, DPR

Czech: Lenka Sustrova, DPR

EU: Hiddo Houben, DPR

Finland: Anna Vitie, DPR

Germany: Alexandru Zegrea, DPR

Mongolia: Enkhtaivan Dashnyam, DPR

New Zealand: Alison Hamilton, DPR

Portugal:  Francisco Saraiva, DPR

Slovenia: Spela Kucan, DPR


III.WTO Secretariat

Willy Alfaro, Director, Trade Policies Review Division

Priyadarshi Shishir, Director, Development Division

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

Chai Xiaolin, Director, Trade in Services and Investment Division

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


IV.Internatioal Orgnizations

Christian Bluth, EUI

Aditi Sara Verghese, WEF


V.Think Tanks

Chad Bown, PIIE

Bill Reinsch, PIIE



Henry Gao, Singapore Management University

Petros C. Mavroidis, Columbia University

Andre Sapir, Columbia University