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WTO Public Forum

October 8, 2019 - October 11, 2019

WTO Public Forum

October 8-11, 2019

Geneva, Switzerland

Theme: “Trading Forward: Adapting to a Changing World”

The Public Forum is the WTO’s largest annual outreach event, which provides a platform for participants to discuss the latest developments in world trade and to propose ways of enhancing the multilateral trading system. The event regularly attracts over 1,500 representatives from civil society, academia, business, the media, governments, parliamentarians and inter-governmental organizations.

The trading landscape is increasingly characterized by changes in technology, production methods, employment patterns, demand patterns, demographics, and climate – to name just a few. Last year’s Public Forum sought to describe these changes and consider how global trade would evolve over the coming decades.

This year’s Forum will discuss how traders around the world can get ready for that future and foster exchanges on how to adapt. This will include a particular focus on the future of services trade; it will consider the perspectives of Millennials and Gen Z (who will represent over half the world’s population by 2020); and it will look at how the WTO itself will need to change and adapt to meet the challenges ahead.

Under the main theme of ‘Trading Forward: Adapting to a Changing World,’ the sub-themes will be Services – the Next Trade Frontier; The Next Generation – what do Millennials & Gen Z want to see from the global trading system; and The Next Chapter of the WTO – strengthening the trading system.


October 8, 2019
October 11, 2019
WP ID: 29948 - Doc ID: 0