On April 16, 2024, the Friends of Multilateralism Group (FMG) organized an online brainstorming session to discuss about Trade in Services and MC13. Patrick Low, Co-Chair of FMG Board and former Chief Economist of WTO moderated this session.


At the meeting, Sherry M. Stephenson, FMG Board member and independent consultant, associated with the Services  Network of the  Pacific  Economic  Cooperation  Council  (PECC) ;  George Riddell, EY Director of Trade Policy and Strategy and Hamid Mamdouh, FMG member and former Director  of  Trade   in  Services  and   Investment Division of the WTO shared their insights on the topic and answered the questions from the participants.


Nearly 50 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://youtu.be/_D9BSnMShE8.


Annex 1:  two reading pieces for this session:

  1. PECC Signature Project FTAAP Pathways To Prosperity_Policy Brief by Sherry Stephenson and Mia Mikic
  2. Think piece on the future of services trade at the WTO by George Riddell


Annex 2: Sherry’s remarks at this session:

Brainstorming session on services FMG_remarks Stephenson


Annex 3: Programme



Speaker: Patrick Low (FMG)



Moderator: Patrick Low (FMG)

14:05- 14:20 Speaker 1: Sherry Stephenson (FMG)
14:20-14:35 Speaker 2: George Riddell (EY)
14:35- 14:50 Speaker 3: Hamid Mamdouh (FMG)
14:50- 15:30


Moderator: Patrick Low (FMG)


Annex 4: List of confirmed participants


Rajesh Aggarwal (FMG)

Hilda Al-Hinai (FMG)

Clemens Boonekamp (FMG)

Deborah Elms (FMG)

Jonathan T. Fried (FMG)

Henry Gao (FMG)

Stuart Harbinson (FMG)

Alejandro Jara (FMG)

Wenhua Ji (FMG)

Masamichi Kono (FMG)

Patrick Low (FMG)

Hamid Mamdouh (FMG)

Mario Matus (FMG)

Mia Mikic (FMG)

Michitaka Nakatomi (FMG)

Sherry Stephenson (FMG)

Alan Wolff (FMG)

Valerie Picard (FFMG)

James Zhan (FFMG)


  1. WTO Missions

Bulgaria: Tsvetelina Dimitrova, Ambassador

Cabo Verde: Clara Manuela da Luz Delgado Jesus, Ambassador

Costa Rica: Jaime Coghi, DPR

Djibouti: Kadra Ahmed Hassan, Ambassador

EU: Aguiar Machado, Ambassador

EU: Hiddo Houben, DPR

Montenegro: Ambassador Slavica Milacic

Egypt: Ahmed Ihab Gamaleldin, Ambassador

France: Etienne OUDOT DE DAINVILLE, Ambassador

Hong Kong SAR of China: Helen Kwan, DPR

Russia: PLATONOV Nikolai, Ambassdor

Singapore: Darryl Leong, DPR

Spain: Aurora Díaz-Rato, Ambassador


  1. WTO Divisions:

Rohini Acharya, Chief of Section, Trade Policies Review Division, WTO

Martin Roy, Trade in Services and Investment Division


  1. Think Tanks

William Reinsch, CSIS


  1. International Organizations:

Niall Meagher, ACWL

Sean Doherty, WEF


  1. Universities

Andre Sapir, Columbia University

Gabrielle Marceau, UNIGE


  1. Others

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