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National Press Club 
529 14th Street, NW
13th Floor, First Amendment Lounge
Washington,, DC 20045

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R. K. Morris 
Global Business Dialogue 

Setback or Paving Stone for the WTO

A Conversation with

Deputy Director-General
The World Trade Organization

With Introductory Remarks From

John Neuffer
Semicondcutor Industry Association

Friday, February 9, 2018
10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
(Registration from 10:00 a.m.)
The National Press Club
529 14th Street, NW, 13th Floor
Washington, DC  20045

The WTO's 11th Ministerial Conference can be hard to evaluate.  Held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from December 10-13, 2017, it was a meeting that made progress on some fronts but proved a disappointment on others.  On the plus side, there were strong expressions of support for the WTO and progress in areas from the accession of South Sudan to fish subsidies.  On public stockholding and on various other issues, however, the Buenos Aires Ministerial was a disappointment.  So, what to make of it all?

No one is better placed to explain the significance of Buenos Aires for the WTO and the countries who participated than Alan Wolff.   He was there.  After a lifetime of influencing trade policy from positions in Washington -- both as a government official and as one of the world's leading international trade lawyers -- in September 2017 Ambassador Wolff became a Deputy Director-General of the WTO.  He worked through the preparations for MC11 and the reality.  We look forward to his assessements of that history and the work ahead for the WTO.  You should be there. 

Price: General Admission: $50.  There is no charge for GBD Members, U.S. Government Staff, or press.  

Registration.  To register, simply click the link below and follow the prompts.  We look forward to seeing you on February 9.