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Fostering global trade and green solutions at the WTO Public Forum

19 Sep 2023
All Committees
Trade & External Affairs

From Wednesday, 13 September to Friday, 15 September, an AmCham EU delegation visited Geneva, Switzerland to take part in the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Public Forum. During the trip, delegates met with representatives from a wide range of WTO members to discuss the need for an open and rules-based trade system, WTO reform and the extension of the e-commerce moratorium, among other key topics. The trip was capped off with a panel organised by AmCham EU, focusing on the difference between legitimate environmental policies and green protectionism.  

The panel was moderated by Bryce Baschuk, World Trade Reporter, Bloomberg News, and attendees heard from Emanuele Frezza, (UPS Europe) Vice-Chair, Trade Committee and Transatlantic Task Force, AmCham EU; Syahril Syazli Ghazali, Ambassador, Permanent Mission of Malaysia to the WTO; Hiddo Houben, Deputy Head of EU Delegation to the WTO; and Colette van der Ven, Founder and Director, TULIP Consulting. Throughout the event, AmCham EU delegates met with the EU Ambassador to the WTO, João Aguiar Machado, the Deputy Director-General of WTO, Angela Ellard, and Singapore Ambassador to the WTO, Tan Hung Seng, as well as representatives from the US, Indonesia, Canada, Guatemala and Japan.