On May 7, 2024, the Friends of Multilateralism Group (FMG) organized an online brainstorming session to discuss about agriculture and MC13. Stuart Harbinson, FMG member and former Chief Representative of HK China to the WTO moderated this session.    


At the meeting, Evan Rogerson, FMG member and former member of GATT Secretariat; Carmel Cahill, former Deputy Director for Trade and Agriculture at the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD); and Valeria Pineiro, Trade Experts at Internional Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) shared their opinions on this topic. Then, the panelists answered the questions from the participants.  



Nearly 60 participants joined the session, 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=LO7BpaCezMw


Annex 1: Programme



Opening Remarks

Speaker: Xiankun Lu (FMG)



Speaker: Stuart Harbinson (FMG)





Moderator: Stuart Harbinson (FMG)


Speaker 1: Evan Rogerson (FMG)

14:15- 14:25

Speaker 2: Carmel Cahill (ex-OECD) 


Speaker 3: Valeria Pineiro (IFPRI)



14:35- 15:30


Moderator: Stuart Harbinson (FMG)





Annex 2: List of Confirmed Participants



Xiankun Lu (FMG)

Hilda Al-Hinai (FMG)

Clemens Boonekamp (FMG)

Deborah Elms (FMG)

Jonathan Fried (FMG)

Henry Gao (FMG)

Stuart Harbinson (FMG)

Jennifer Hillman (FMG)

Mohan Kumar (FMG)

Patrick Low (FMG)

Dorotea LÓPEZ (FMG)

Wenhua Ji (FMG)

Alejandro Jara (FMG)


Sherry Stephenson (FMG)

Rajesh Sachse (FMG)

Xinquan Tu (FMG)

Hector Torres (FMG)

Jayashree Watal (FMG)

John Weekes (FMG)

Siqi Li (FMG)

Maxim Medvedkov (FMG)

Janet Macharia (FMG)

Mario Matus (FMG)

Brad McDonald (FMG)

Hamid Mamdouh (FMG)

Victor Do Prado (FMG)

Peter Ungphakorn (FMG)

Colette Van Der Ven (FMG)

John Weekes (FMG)

Alan Wolff (FMG)

Anabel González (FFMG)

Valerie Picard (FFMG)

Niall Meagher (FFMG)

James Zhan (FFMG)


WTO Missions

Austria: Brigitte Luth, Counsellor

Argentine: Josefina BUNGE, DPR

Barbados: Matthew Wilson, Ambassador

Bulgaria: Tsvetelina Dimitrova, Ambassador

Danish: Mads Lunde, DPR

Egypt: Ahmed Ihab GAMALELDIN, Ambassador

EU: João Aguiar Machado, Ambassador

EU: Hiddo Houben, DPR

Finland: Anna Vitie, Minister Counsellor

Korea: Jung Sung PARK, Ambassador

Latvia: Renārs Danelsons, Counsellor

Netherlands: Audrey Goosen, DPR

Norway: Håvard Hugås, DPR

Panama: José Jaén Chi, DPR

The Principality of Liechtenstein: Patrick Ritter, Minister Counsellor

Singapore: Darryl Leong, DPR

South Africa: Mzukisi Qobo, Ambassador

Slovenia: Maruša Baus, Counsellor

Slovak Republic: Judita BRZOBOHATÁ, Ambassador

Türkiye: Bahar Dogan, DPR

Zimbabwe: Constance Zhanje, Minister Plenipotentiary


WTO Secretariat

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

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

Willy Alfaro, Director, Trade Policies Review Division

Kessie Edwini, Director, Agriculture and Commodities Division

Maria Pereyra, Senior Counsellor, Legal Affairs Divison


International Organizations

Adam Jakubik, IMF


Think Tanks

William Reinsch, CSIS

Jeff Schott, PIIE