Panel on Defining the Future of Trade

The Panel on Defining the Future of Trade was established in April 2012 to examine and analyse challenges to global trade opening in the 21st century. It was created in response to Director-General Pascal Lamy's suggestion at the WTO's 8th Ministerial Conference in December 2011 that the profound transformations in the world economy require the WTO and the multilateral trading system to look at the drivers of today and tomorrow's trade, to look at trade patterns and at what it means to open global trade in the 21st century, bearing in mind the role of trade in contributing to sustainable development, growth, jobs and poverty alleviation.

The Panel on Defining the Future of Trade met three times, in May 2012, September 2012, and January 2013. The Panel also engaged in consultations and discussions with various stakeholders. Meetings took place in Beijing, Singapore, Geneva, New Delhi and Amman. The report of the panel – The Future of Trade: The Challenges of Convergence – was published on 24 April 2013.

The panellists are:

Chairman and Founder, Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Overseas Corporation, Jordan
Sharan BURROW Ms. Sharan BURROW,
Secretary-General, International Trade Union Confederation, Brussels
Helen CLARK Ms. Helen CLARK,
UNDP Administrator, New York
Thomas J. DONOHUE Mr. Thomas J. DONOHUE,
President and CEO, US Chamber of Commerce, Washington
Frederico Fleury CURADO Mr. Frederico Fleury CURADO,
President and CEO, Embraer S.A, Brazil
Victor K. FUNG Mr. Victor K. FUNG,
Chairman of Fung Global Institute and Honorary Chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce, Hong Kong, China
Pradeep Singh MEHTA Mr. Pradeep Singh MEHTA,
Secretary-General, CUTS International, India
Festus Gontebanye MOGAE Mr. Festus Gontebanye MOGAE,
Former President of Botswana
Josette SHEERAN Ms. Josette SHEERAN,
Vice Chairman, World Economic Forum, Geneva
Jürgen R. THUMANN Mr. Jürgen R. THUMANN,
President, BUSINESSEUROPE, Brussels
George YEO Mr. George YEO,
Former Foreign Minister, Singapore and Vice Chairman of Kerry Group Limited
Fujimori YOSHIAKI Mr. Yoshiaki FUJIMORI,
President and CEO, LIXIL Group Corporation and LIXIL Corporation


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Report of the Panel on Defining the Future of Trade convened by WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy


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