On the 9th of October AEGIS Europe had the opportunity to partecipate as session organizer to the 2019 edition of the WTO PUBLIC FORUM in Geneva.
AEGIS Europe believes that within the next WTO chapter, WTO agreements in relation to trade remedies must be updated and expanded to address current economic and policy distortions so as to ensure fair and transparent global competition.
Steps are also needed to address the current crisis in WTO dispute settlement. By the end of 2019 there will no longer be a functioning Appellate Body. While WTO members explore alternative ways of dispute settlement, it is also important to consider substantive ways WTO dispute settlement needs to be improved, especially in relation to trade remedies issues.
A global level playing field requires the modernization and further harmonization of global trading rules. Only WTO members are capable of resolving the current crisis. For that reason, Aegis Europe is bringing WTO members to the panel discussion to explore concrete improvements before a broader audience.