It is the stated view of the US, and many WTO members that MC13 should be the first of a series of "WTO reform ministerial conferences." If I had my way, the ministers would embark upon root and branch reform of the WTO as an institution as I detailed in my book, Revitalizing the World Trading System, published a few months ago by Cambridge University Press. This will not happen. Not now, in any event. More realistically, the ministers should at least make a series of credible down-payments on institutional reforms.