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Memo to the new WTO Director-General: Never waste a crisis

25 days ago

Dear Director-General,
Congratulations on your appointment. Bravo for taking up the challenge of revivifying a central pillar of multilateral governance, the World Trade Organization (Krueger 2020). We’re sure you don’t underestimate the scale of the challenge before you, but we hope you share our view that the present global crisis also represents an opportunity for the organisation, one for which your formidable knowledge of development and policymaking is well suited to seizing. 
In anticipation of a successfully concluded Director-General selection process, we recently edited an eBook (Evenett and Baldwin 2020) bringing together dozens of trade experts from across disciplines and across the world to share doable and practical measures for your consideration. Below, we

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Revitalising multilateralism: A new eBook

November 10, 2020

Multilateral cooperation on international trade is under severe strain. The standing of the WTO has fallen in some of its largest members and its rules have been ignored by many. The US’ commitment to multilateralism was drastically curtailed under the Trump administration. The US purposefully undermined the functioning of the WTO and eschewed multilateral cooperation, embracing aggressive unilateralism instead (Blustein 2019, Davis and Wei 2020, Irwin 2017, van Grasstek 2019, Zeollick 2020). Other members responded with unilateralism of their own. 
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The pandemic has created a new set of shocks. The trade system as a whole has proved more resilient than many feared (Figure 1), and the

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Revitalising Multilateralism: Pragmatic Ideas for the New WTO Director-General

November 10, 2020

In the midst of profound contemporary shifts and shocks facing humankind, a quarter of a century after its creation the WTO is evidently not where pressing trade problems are being solved. Using the COVID-19 pandemic as a lens, this eBook offers insights into the underlying choices faced by WTO members and offers pragmatic suggestions for a WTO work programme over the next three years.

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Revitalising multilateral trade cooperation: Why? Why Now? And How?Simon J. Evenett and Richard Baldwin
Section 1: Enhancing the crisis management capabilities of the WTO
1 Against the clock: Eight steps to improve WTO crisis managementAlejandro Jara
2 COVID-19 trade policy measures, G20

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