Time and Date 4:00pm-5:00pm (Japan Standard Time), Tuesday, April 20, 2021 (Registration opens at 3:45pm JST)
Speaker Richard BALDWIN
Professor of International Economics, Graduate Institute, Geneva
Speaker Simon J. EVENETT
Professor of International Trade and Economic Development and MBA Director, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland
Commentator URATA Shujiro
Faculty Fellow, RIETI / Senior Adviser, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia / Professor Emeritus, Waseda University
Commentator & Moderator
Moderator WATANABE Tetsuya
Vice President, RIETI
Language(s) English
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Admission Free
Closing date for registration Please register by April 19, 2021.
Memo This webinar is going to be viewable on YouTube Live.
Abstract “WTO and the pandemic: Never let a crisis go to waste” by Professor Richard BALDWIN
The new WTO Director-General has the best opportunity in years to regain some of the centrality it has lost in the world trading system since the fight against the pandemic must be global, not regional or national. Multilateralism is necessary since the pandemic will not be over anywhere until it is over everywhere and trade will play an important part in making this happen. It will not be easy and there will be tough discussions ahead. But the year 2021 could – under the new leadership – prove to be a very bright dawn for the WTO

"Revitalising Multilateral Trade Cooperation" by Professor Simon J. EVENETT
In this presentation, after a succinct account of the challenges faced by the WTO, several proposals for a short- and medium-term work programme for that organisation will be discussed. The presentation will draw from many contributions to the recent CEPR eBook titled Revitalising Multilateralism: Pragmatic Ideas for the New WTO Director-General.
Profile of speaker(s) - Professor Richard BALDWIN
Richard Baldwin is a Professor of International Economics at the Graduate Institute in Geneva since 1991 and Editor-in-Chief of VoxEU.org since he founded it in 2007. Previously, he was President of CEPR in (2104-2018), a part-time Visiting Research Professor at the University of Oxford (2012-2015), Visiting Professor at the MIT Economics Department (Fall 2002-2003), and Associate Professor at Columbia Business School (1989-1991). He has served as a Managing Editor of Economic Policy (2000-2005). Before moving to Switzerland in 1991, he was a Senior Staff Economist for the President's Council of Economic Advisors in the Bush White House (1990-1991) following trade matters such as the Uruguay Round and NAFTA negotiations as well as numerous US-Japan trade conflicts. He has been an adviser and consultant to many international organizations and governments. He did his Ph.D. in Economics at MIT with Paul Krugman and has published a half dozen articles with him. Before that he earned an M.Sc. at LSE (1980-81), and a B.A. at UW-Madison (1976-1980). His most recent book is The Globotics Upheaval: Globalization, Robotics and the Future of Work, has been translated into Japanese.

- Professor Simon J. EVENETT
Simon Evenett is Professor of International Trade and Economic Development and MBA Director at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. Simon specialises in how governments tilt the commercial playing field in favour of local firms. At the start of the Global Financial Crisis Simon created the Global Trade Alert initiative, the leading independent monitor of protectionism and commercial policy choice based at the University of St Gallen. Simon regularly engages with private sector practitioners, government officials and other thought leaders.
He has taught at the Said Business School at the University of Oxford, the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan (where he was a Visiting Professor of Corporate Strategy three times), and Rutgers University. In addition, Prof. Evenett has served as a World Bank official twice, has been a Non-Resident Senior Fellow in the Economics Studies programme of the Brookings Institution, and a member of the UK Competition Commission. Recently, he was the DLA Piper Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Carey School of Business, Johns Hopkins University.
He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University and a B.A. (Hons) in Economics from the University of Cambridge. Simon has written over 200 articles, book chapters, and volumes. He is regularly quoted in the international media.
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