WTO hosts its 2005 annual Public Symposium — “WTO After 10 Years: Global Problems and Multilateral Solutions”
The World Trade Organization hosted its annual public symposium from 20 to 22 April 2005. Participants from governments, parliaments, civil society, the business sector, academia and the media were invited to analyse and reflect upon these past ten years and discuss the challenges the organization faces into the future.
This year's event coincided with the 10th Anniversary of the WTO. Participants from
governments, parliaments, civil society, the business sector, academia
and the media were invited to analyse and reflect upon these past ten
years and discuss the challenges the organization faces into the future.
“Over the years, the WTO Public Symposium has proven to be an extremely useful platform for dialogue and reflection among all stakeholders of the multilateral trading system. The objective of the public symposium in 2005, a year that marks the 10th Anniversary of the WTO, is to have a stimulating public debate on where we are and what is expected from the WTO and its Member governments” said WTO Director-General Dr. Supachai Panitchpakdi. “There have been important achievements in the multilateral trading system over the last decade but a number of challenges remain ahead of us, including completion of the Doha Development Agenda negotiations, which require active input and support from all of our stakeholders. I therefore hope that an honest and thorough assessment of our first ten years and our hopes for the future, will contribute to building political support for the DDA and the multilateral trading system. I invite participants at the public symposium to share with us their thoughts and ideas on future directions”, he said.
The 2005 symposium took place at the WTO's headquarters in Geneva and featured dedicated high-level work sessions on the WTO's economic, legal and institutional functions, as well as work sessions on key subjects being negotiated in the Doha Round. The report of the Director-General's Consultative Board “The Future of the WTO — Addressing institutional challenges in the new millennium” served as an interesting basis for discussion. Other topics included trade and development, non-agricultural market access and trade and environment. As was the case during previous symposia, much time was set aside for governments, civil society and parliamentarians to organize their own events during the symposium.
> Programme (includes links to speakers' presentations where supplied)
For more information please contact:
Bernard Kuiten — External Relations Division
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