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WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION

MINISTERIAL CONFERENCE

From the early days of the Silk Road to the creation of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), trade has played an important role in supporting economic development and promoting peaceful relations among nations. The birth of the WTO, on January 1st 1995, marked the biggest reform of international trade since the end of the Second World War. By establishing a set of rules universal to its members, it levelled the bargaining power of developed and developing nations.
The WTO was born out of negotiations, and everything it does is the result of negotiations, which are currently held under the "Doha Development Agenda". It’s an organization for liberalizing trade, a forum for governments to negotiate trade agreements and a place for them to settle trade disputes. However, contrary to what most may think, the WTO is not just about liberalizing trade, and in some circumstances it may rule in favor of protectionism -  for example to protect consumers or prevent the spread of disease. 
At its core are the WTO agreements, negotiated and signed by the bulk of the world’s trading nations, which provide the legal ground-rules for international commerce. Although negotiated and signed by governments, the goal is to help producers of goods and services, exporters, and importers conduct their business, while allowing governments to meet social and environmental objectives.
Among the many bodies inside the WTO, the Ministerial Conference is the one with the highest decision making power, in which Presidents and Ministers of the Economy and Trade, engage in dealing with all matters under any of the multilateral trade agreements. Despite being an UN Organisation, the committee will have some intricacies in its procedures, due to its interconnectivity with the Forbes Global CEO conference, bridging some of the greatests CEO’s and their respective countries' representatives.

DELEGATIONS:

  1. Ann Linde - Minister for Foreign Trade of Sweden

  2. Bülent Tüfenkçi - Minister of Customs and Trade of Turkey

  3. Chan Chun Sing - Minister for Trade and Industry of Singapore

  4. Emmanuel Macron - President of France

  5. George Hollingberry - Minister of State for Trade Policy of the United Kingdom

  6. Hiroshige Seko - Minister for Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan

  7. Jair Bolsonaro - President of Brazil

  8. Maria Reyes Maroto - Minister of Industry, Trade & Tourism of Spain

  9. Mauricio Macri - President of Argentina

  10. Narendra Modi Prime Minister of India

  11. Paik Ungyu - Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy of South Korea

  12. Paul Kagame - President of Rwanda

  13. Peter Altmaier - Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy of Germany

  14. Prayut Chan-o-cha - Prime Minister of Thailand

  15. Robert Lighthizer - Trade Representative of the United States

  16. Ruhakana Rugunda - Prime Minister of Uganda

  17. Sigrid Kaag - Minister of Foreign Trade & Development Coop. of the Netherlands

  18. Uhuru Kenyatta - President of Kenya

  19. Xi Jinping - President of China

CHAIRS:

Lorenzo Molento

   lorenzo.molento@aluno.chpr.com.br

Daniel Bittar

   dani.esbsp@gmail.com

TOPICS:

A - Promoting fair trade and more equal grounds for competition 

B - Restoring the core values of the WTO during the escalating trade war between China and the United States of America

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