WTO Public Forum 2011

Seeking Answers to Global trade Challenges

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The sessions held during the 2011 Public Forum triggered a frank and open debate on the principal global challenges for the multilateral trading system. The Forum also sought to identify practical and effective solutions and ways forward to enable the WTO to adapt and respond effectively to our fast-changing world. A chapter is devoted to each of the sessions held during the three-day programme.



What next for the trading system

Regional and bilateral free trade agreements (FTAs) constitute active efforts to liberalize international trade. Many of these agreements include provisions to supplement the protection of intellectual property rights established in the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property (TRIPS) Agreement. The session explored how changing intellectual property rules have affected the flow of new products and ideas in the global marketplace.


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