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About the Board
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Our Mission

 

The multilateral trade regime is facing challenges. These include sustaining the open, rules-based trading system that is embodied in the WTO, responding to rising protectionist pressures and anti-free trade rhetoric, managing the consequences of structural changes in the world economy, and a shift by major countries towards negotiating and expanding regional trade agreements (RTAs) that pose challenges to the multilateral trading system and are diverting attention away from multilateral cooperation. It is vital that solutions to these challenges are found in order to preserve the multilateral trading system that lies at the heart of world trade governance and to ensure that trade can continue to be a driver of development, growth and prosperity.

 

The Global Economic Dynamics Project (GED) of the Bertelsmann Stiftung has brought together a small group of distinguished practitioners and experts to consider incremental and feasible approaches to both sustain and revitalize multilateral trade cooperation. The High-Level Board of Experts on the Future of Trade Governance will focus on the future of the multilateral trading system, its coexistence with regional trade regimes and practical paths forward that build on what already exists.

 

The Board held an initial meeting in Geneva on May 9-10 to identify a work agenda. The output will include a series of practical recommendations and papers in time for the Buenos Aires Ministerial Conference, culminating in a main report to be finalized in early 2018.

 

Our Agenda

 

The Board’s report will draw on the perspectives and experience of the Board members. In addition to this report, the Board will draft or commission a number of papers on specific aspects of the challenges and opportunities that confront the trading system. Drafts of background papers will be made publically available once they have been dicussed and reviewed. These papers will address the following subjects:

 

  • Strengthening the WTO: A Synthesis of Existing Research and Critiques
  • Implications of the Changing Structure of World Trade for Political Economy Dynamics and Governance of the Multilateral Trading System
  • Improving Institutional Learning in the WTO
  • Building Multilateralism on Plurilateral Initiatives

 

These papers are commissioned by the Bertelsmann Stiftung on behalf of the Board and are written by established experts in their fields. They do not form part of the Board’s own work but are intended to inform its discussions and contribute to a better understanding of opportunities and the challenges that must be addressed.

 

Who We Are

 

Members of the Board

 

Chard P. Bown

 

Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute of International Economics

 

Andreas Esche

 

Director, Program Shaping Sustainable Economies, Bertelsmann Stiftung

 

Lionel Fontagné

 

Professor of Economics, Paris School of Economics University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

 

Bernard Hoekman (Chairman)

 

Robert Schuman Chair and Research Area Director “Global Economics: Trade, Investment and Development”, European University Institute

 

Stephen Karingi

 

Director, Capacity Development Division, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa

 

Robert Koopman

 

Chief Economist and Director of the Economic Research and Statistics Division, World Trade Organization (WTO)

 

Margaret Liang

 

Consultant to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for WTO/Trade Issues; Adjunct Senior Fellow, Rajaratnam School of International Studies, National Technological University, Singapore

 

Aik Hoe Lim

 

Director of the Trade and Environment Division,  World Trade Organization (WTO)

 

Xiankun Lu

 

Director, China Competence Centre, St. Gallen University of Switzerland; Associate Partner, IDEAS Centre

 

Aaditya Mattoo

 

Research Manager Trade and Integration, World Bank

 

Mari Pangestu

 

Professor, Columbia University and University of Indonesia

 

Angelos Pangratis

 

Advisor Hors Classe for the European Economic Diplomacy and Ex-EU Ambassador to the WTO, European External Action Service

 

Miriam Sapiro

 

Ambassador, Partner, Finsbury

 

Marietje Schaake

 

Member of European Parliament

 

Harsha Vardhana Singh

 

Executive Director, Brookings India

 

Contact

 

Bernard Hoekman (bernard.hoekman@eui.eu), Chairman of the High-Level Board of Experts

Andreas Esche (andreas.esche@bertelsmann-stiftung.de), Co-Director of the Shaping Sustainable Economies Program of the Bertelsmann Stiftung

Ulrich Schoof (ulrich.schoof@bertelsmann-stiftung.de), Project Leader of the Global Economic Dynamics Team of the Bertelsmann Stiftung

Christian Bluth (christian.bluth@bertelsmann-stiftung.de), Rapporteur of the High-Level Board of Experts

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