It was great to invite Peter Draper back into the Virtual Studio to discuss the state of the WTO following conclusion of the WTO 12th Ministerial that took place in June finally after several lengthy delays. It was an opportunity to examine whether the WTO Ministerial had been able to make progress in resolving the many issues challenging this multilateral institution and to assess the leadership of the current Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. Finally, I wanted to get Peter’s view on how much growing geopolitical tensions, especially between US and China are hindering reform progress at the WTO.
Peter Draper is currently the Jean Monnet Chair in Trade and the Environment and the Executive Director of the Institute for International Trade, University of Adelaide, Australia. Peter is also the Deputy Dean International: Faculty of Arts, Business, Law, and Economics. Peter is also non-resident senior fellow of the Brussels-based European Centre for International Political Economy and an Associate Researcher at the German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS) formerly the German Development Institute.
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