Public Forum 2019 — “Trading Forward: Adapting to a Changing World”

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This year's Public Forum theme is ‘Trading Forward: Adapting to a Changing World’. The sub-themes will be:

  • services — the next trade frontier;
  • the next generation — what do Millennials & Gen Z want to see from global trade; and
  • the next chapter of the WTO — strengthening the trading system.
Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in these sessions are those of the participants. They do not necessarily represent the positions or opinions of the WTO or its members and are without prejudice to members' rights and obligations under the WTO.



The trading landscape is increasingly characterized by changes in technology, production methods, employment patterns, demand patterns, demographics, and climate – to name a few. Last year's WTO Public Forum considered some of the changes influencing the trading system and how global trade would evolve over the coming decades. This year's Public Forum will go a step further and consider how trade, and the trading system can adapt to these changes.

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The Public Forum is the WTO’s largest annual outreach event. It provides a unique platform for heads of states, parliamentarians, leading global business people, students, academics and non-governmental organizations to come together and debate on a wide range of WTO issues and on some of the major trade and development topics of the day. Over 1,500 participants attend the Forum each year. See more information on previous Public Forums.


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