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What's at stake for America at the upcoming WTO Ministerial Conference (MC13) at Abu Dhabi in February 2024

Prepared remarks delivered at an event held at the Center for Strategic and International Studies


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. 

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