Can WTO be saved? The way forward after the ministerial conference


March 20, 2024, 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM EDT
Virtual Event

Cecilia Malmström (PIIE), Johanna Hill (World Trade Organization) and André Sapir (Bruegel; Université Libre de Bruxelles)

Event Summary

Ministers from 164 countries gathered in Abu Dhabi a few weeks ago for the World Trade Organization ministerial conference. With increasing protectionism, industrial policy, and the need to cooperate on carbon pricing, the world is in great need of multilateral trade rules. Expectations that the WTO members would find agreement on issues were, however, low. Unfortunately, no reforms could be agreed.

What happens now? What future can we see for the multilateral trading system?

Joining this episode of Trade Winds are:


Cecilia Malmström
Nonresident Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE)


Johanna Hill
Deputy Director-General, World Trade Organization

André Sapir
Senior Fellow, Bruegel; Professor, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium



About This Series

Trade Winds is a monthly virtual event series hosted by Cecilia Malmström that explores the future of global commerce, including ways that international cooperation on trade can accelerate the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.