On April 25, 2023, the Friends of Multilateralism Group (FMG) organized an online brainstorming session on Developmental Dimension of WTO Reform. Mario Matus, FMG member and former Ambassador of Chile to the WTO moderated this session.


Kadra Ahmed Hassan, Ambassador of Djibouti to the WTO, and Zhang Xiangchen, Deputy Director-General of the WTO shared their insights on several developmental issues such as S&DT and LDC concerns etc. of WTO reform and the next steps. Victor Do Prado, FMG member and former Director of Council and Trade Negotiations Committee at the WTO shared his comments as discussant.


Over 50 participants joined the brainstorming, including members of FMG, Ambassadors/DPRs of WTO members, Directors of WTO divisions, representatives from related international organizations, and experts from renowned think tanks and universities etc.


Recording of this session can be watched via: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iq0zkH3LejY.


Annex 1: Program


Opening Remarks

Speaker: Xiankun Lu (FMG)



Speaker:  Mario Matus (FMG)





Moderator: Mario Matus (FMG)

16:05- 16:20

Speaker 1: Ambassador Kadra Ahmed Hassan (Djibouti)

16:20- 16:35

Speaker 2: DDG Xiangchen Zhang (WTO)

16:35- 16:50

Discussant: Victor do Prado (FMG)



16:50- 17:30


Moderator: Mario Matus (FMG)


Annex 2: List of Confirmed Participants


Mercedes Araoz (FMG)

Axel Addy (FMG)

Clemens Boonekamp (FMG)

Hamid Mamdouh (FMG)

Pradeep S Mehta (FMG)

Mia Mikic (FMG)

Mario Matus (FMG)



Jayashree WATAL (FMG)

John M Weekes (FMG)

Alan Wolff (FMG)

Hector Torres (FMG)

Xinquan Tu (FMG)


Brad McDonald (FFMG)


II.WTO Missions

Argentina: Federico Villegas, Ambassador

Antigua and Barbuda: Colin MURDOCH, Ambassador

Barbados: Matthew Wilson, Ambassador

Cabo Verde: Clara Delgado JESUS, Ambassador

Egypt: Ahmed Ihab GAMALELDIN, Ambassador

Islamic Republic of IRAN: Ali BAHREINI, Ambassador

India: P.S. GANGADHAR, Ambassador

Russian Federation: Dmitry LYAKISHEV, Ambassador

Uganda: Marcel R. Tibaleka, Ambassador

Norway: Petter ØLBERG, Ambassador

Chile: Olivia COOK, DPR

China: Li Yihong, DPR

EU: Hiddo Houben, DPR

Israel: Shir SLUTZKY, DPR

Jamaica: Craig Douglas, DPR

Korea: Jung Sung PARK, DPR


III. WTO Secretariat

Zhang Xiangchen, Deputy Director-General

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

Ralph Ossa, Chief Economist and Director,Economic Research and Statistics Division

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

Maria Pereyra, Senior Counsellor, Legal Affairs Division


IV.Think Tanks

William Reinsch, CSIS



Andre Sapir, Columbia University

Henry Gao, Singapore Management University