On 4th March 2021, the Friends of Multilateralism Group (FMG) has organized a virtual brainstorming on EU new thoughts about WTO reform, based on the recent EU Trade Policy Review (https://trade.ec.europa.eu/doclib/docs/2021/february/tradoc_159438.pdf) and its Annex on WTO reform (https://trade.ec.europa.eu/doclib/docs/2021/february/tradoc_159439.pdf).


H.E. João Aguiar Machado, Ambassador of the EU to the WTO, addressed the audience and shared the EU new thoughts on the WTO reform. Hector Torres, FMG member, and Hosuk Lee-Makiyama, Director of European Centre for International Political Economy (ECIPE), also spoke as discussants.


More than 20 participants participated in the brainstorming, including members of FMG, Friends of FMG and Punta del Este Group (PEG), ambassadors of WTO members, and representatives from related international organizations and institutions.



Program of the brainstorming


Opening Remarks

Speaker: Xiankun LU (FMG)



Moderator: Stuart Harbinson (FMG)

15:05-15:25 Speaker: H.E. João Aguiar Machado (EU)
15:25-15:35 Discussant: Hector R Torres (FMG/PEG)
15:35-15:45 Discussant: Hosuk Lee-Makiyama (ECIPE)


Moderator: Stuart Harbinson (FMG)


Confirmed Participants


1.FMG/FFMG/PEG Members

Stuart Harbinson (FMG, moderator)

Anabel Gonzalez (FMG)

Bernard Hoekman (FMG)

Alejandro Jara (FMG/PEG)

Patrick Low (FMG)

Xiankun LU (FMG)

Mario Matus (PEG)

Thu-lang Tran Wasescha (FMG)

Jonathan Fried (FMG)

Hector Torres (FMG, discussant)


2.WTO Missions

Argentina: H.E. Federico Villegas, Ambassador

Egypt: H.E. Ahmed Ihab Gamaleldin, Ambassador

EU: H.E. João Aguiar Machado, Ambassador (Speaker)

Russia: H.E. Dmitry LYAKISHEV, Ambassador

South Africa: H.E. Xolelwa Mlumbi-Peter, Ambassador

Finland: Anna Vitie, DPR

Korea: Lee miyon, DPR

The Netherlands: Marcel VERNOOIJ, DPR

UK: Robert Cook, DPR


3.Other Stakeholders

Pierre Sauve, World Bank

Hosuk Lee-Makiyama, ECIPE (Speaker)