We are delighted to invite you to an online discussion and launch of a new RESPECT ebook, 'Rebooting Multilateral Trade Cooperation: Perspectives from China and Europe' published by CEPR/VoxEU. The event will be hosted by the Friends of Multilateralism Group in Geneva and will take place online on 13 July from 15:00 to 16:30 CEST.

Opening Remarks: Mia Mikic (FMG)
Presentations: Bernard Hoekman (EUI, FMG) and Xinquan Tu (UIBE)
Discussant comments:
Yi Xiaozhun (UIBE, Former DDG, WTO)
Alan Wolff (PIIE, former DDG, WTO)
Jean-Marie Paugam (DDG, WTO)
Deborah Elms (Executive Director, Asian Trade Centre)
General Q&A
Moderator for the whole webinar: Patrick Low (FMG)

Zoom--Please click the link below to join the webinar:
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Rising geopolitical and geoeconomic tensions are undermining the rules-based multilateral trade order and threaten the ability of the WTO to fulfill its functions. The ebook ';Rebooting Multilateral Trade Cooperation: Perspectives from China and Europe' presents essays that explore options and possible paths forward to reboot multilateral trade cooperation, focusing on both cross-cutting areas pertaining to the operation of the organization subject-specific trade cooperation challenges confronting the WTO membership. While issue-specific cooperation on a plurilateral basis is part of the solution suggested by several of the contributions, others make clear that this does not remove the need for balance in the choice of issues put forward for deliberation and negotiation and for systemic WTO reform.

The ebook is available on CERP/VoxEU website: https://voxeu.org/content/rebooting-multilateral-trade-cooperation-perspectives-china-and-europe.

Alvaro Espitia, Nadia Rocha, Michele Ruta, 24 May 2020

Although initial conditions in global food markets in the face of COVID-19 pandemic are good, disruptions across countries most affected could reduce global supplies of key staples. This column shows that escalating export restrictions would multiply the initial shock by a factor of three, with world food prices rising by up to 18% on average. Import food dependent countries, which are in large majority developing and least developed countries, would be most affected. Uncooperative trade policies could risk turning a health crisis into a food crisis.


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