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The WTO celebrated its 10th anniversary last year. The anniversary marked the important role that the WTO has played in creating a level playing field in international trade relations, continuing the mission of GATT of 1947. In its 10 years, the WTO has acted as a forum in which Members could discuss their trade relations, negotiate new trade rules and settle their trade disputes.

This year I call upon you to join hands with WTO Members in reflecting on the type of WTO that we would like to see in the XXIst Century. Should WTO look like the organization that we already know? If not, then what changes can we usefully make? The WTO is designed to serve your interests; it is to you that it must answer. I therefore urge you, as members of civil society, to come share your ideas with us at the WTO Public Forum 2006. The multilateral trading system is yours, please help us in shaping it your way!

Pascal Lamy



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