On Feb. 17th 2021, the Friends of Multilateralism Group (FMG) has organized a virtual brainstorming titled “US-EU-China Interactions for WTO Reform”. FMG member Hamid Mamdouh moderated the meeting.


Three speakers, Jennifer Hillman, former member of WTO Appellate Body, Hervé Jouanjean, former senior official of DG Trade and DG External relations of the European Commission, and Hong Xiaodong, former Director-General of the Department of WTO Affairs of the Ministry of Commerce of China shared their insights on the perspectives of the three members on WTO reform and how these major players may interact among and beyond themselves to achieve meaningful outcomes of WTO reform.


Forty-odd participants 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, joined the discussions.


Annex: Program of the virtual meeting

15: 00-15:05

Opening remarks

Speaker:  Xiankun Lu (FMG)

15: 05-15:50


Jennifer Hillman (US)

Hervé Jouanjean (EU)

Hong Xiaodong (China)

Moderator: Hamid Mamdouh (FMG)

15: 50-16:30


Moderator: Hamid Mamdouh (FMG)


Confirmed Participants


1、FMG/FFMG/PEG members

Daniel Crosby (FMG)

Jonathan Fried (FMG)

Anabel Gonzalez (FMG/PEG)

Stuart Harbinson (FMG)

Alejandro Jara (FMG/PEG)

Patrick Low (FMG)

Xiankun Lu (FMG)

Hamid Mamdouh (FMG)

Evan Rogerson (FMG)

Hector R Torres (FMG/PEG)

Mario Matus (PEG)

Sean Doherty (FFMG)

Matthew Anthony Wilson (FFMG)


 2、WTO Missions

Argentina: H.E. Federico Villegas, Ambassador

Canada: H.E. Stephen de Boer, Ambassador

Egypt: H.E. Ahmed Ihab Gamaleldin, Ambassador

Kazakhstan: H.E. Zhanar Aitzhanova, Ambassador

Kenya: H.E. Cleopa Mailu, Ambassador

Mexico: H.E. Angel Villalobos, Ambassador

Norway: H.E. Dagfinn SØRLI, Ambassador

Russia: H.E. Dmitry Lyakishev, Ambassador

Argentina: Gabriel Martinez, DPR

Australia: Patricia Holmes, DPR

Colombia: Nicolas Palau van Hissenhoven, DPR

India: P.S. Gangadhar, DPR

Switzerland: Sonja Hürlimann, DPR

China: Yihong LI, Minister Counsellor

EU: Christophe Rames, Minister Counsellor


3、Other Stakeholders

Pierre Sauve, World Bank

Ahmad Mukhtar, FAO

Olaf Wientzek, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung

Christian Bluth, Bertelsmann Stiftung