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Geneva,5 July 2001

Moore appoints advisory panel on WTO affairs

WTO Director-General Mike Moore announced today the appointment of a panel of experts which will advise him on the challenges and opportunities confronting the organization and the global trading system.

The panel will be charged with examining how the WTO should respond to the needs of member governments and their citizens at a time when an increasingly integrated global economy has brought about profound economic and political change. Mr. Moore has asked the panelists to examine, as well, how the organization can ensure the fullest possible participation of each member government as the WTO expands to near universal membership. The panelists have also been asked to examine ways of creating a more effective partnership between the WTO and civil society.

“I have asked this remarkable collection of talented individuals to join me in finding solutions to the problems that face us today. I have done so because I have a responsibility to consult as widely as I possibly can to look for these solutions. You can never have enough sound advice. Each of these people holds great experience in trade and economic policy-making and I'm sure that they will draw on their extensive knowledge to provide me with some fresh insights on how we can move forward in a manner which provides benefits for all,” Mr. Moore said.

The panel will be continuously available to advise the Director-General, individually and as a group, both before and after the 4th Ministerial Conference in Doha, Qatar.

The members of the advisory group:

Professor Robert Baldwin,
Hilldale Professor of Economics, Emeritus
University of Wisconsin

Professor Jagdish N. Bhagwati
University Professor, Columbia University, New York
Special Adviser to the UN on Globalization

Dr. Peter Eigen
Transparency International

Professor Victor Halberstadt
Professor of Public Economics, Leiden University

Professor Koichi Hamada
Professor of Economics, Yale University
President, Economic and Social Research Institute (Cabinet Office), Tokyo

Professor Patrick Messerlin
Professor, Institute of Political Studies, Paris

Dr. Konrad Von Moltke
Senior Fellow, International Institute for Sustainable Development, Winnipeg

Dr. Sylvia Ostry
Distinguished Research Fellow
Munk Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto

Professor Ademola Oyejide
University of Ibadan

Professor Manmohan Singh
Leader of the Opposition
Formerly Finance Minister, and Governor of the Reserve Bank of India

Senator LeRoy Trotman
Former President, International Confederation of Free Trade Unions
General Secretary, Barbados Workers' Union

Dr. Ernesto Zedillo
Former President of Mexico