The chief item-the candidate Seade: With the WTO, it could go further downhill

the last trade policy large-scale operation is still not long: On 1. July has entered the new free trade agreement between the United States, Mexico and Canada

The chief item-the candidate Seade: With the WTO, it could go further downhill

the last trade policy large-scale operation is still not long: On 1. July has entered the new free trade agreement between the United States, Mexico and Canada into force. At the Nafta coming-successor Treaty to the Mexican Jesús Seade significant contribution to this. As Secretary of state in the Ministry of foreign Affairs, he was the negotiator of the Mexicans. The Mexican government is supported in this difficult conflict on Seade, is no coincidence. The 73-year-old chemical engineer, and in Oxford, a PhD Economist, trade expert is.

John knight

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Seade belonged to the small circle of Negotiators, the paved 25 years ago, the WTO as an umbrella organisation, the General agreement on tariffs and trade (Gatt), the General agreement on trade in services (Gats) and the Agreement on trade-related aspects of intellectual property rights (Trips) the way. From 1994 to 1998, he served as Deputy to the WTO Director-General. The Geneva-based WTO in 164 countries.

trade disputes undermine the rules

Seade is now aiming for the very top of the WTO. He wants to take the place of Director-General Roberto Azevêdo, who is stepping down at the end of August. In addition to Seade but there are still half a dozen other candidates for the Post (see box). In an interview with F. A. Z., the Mexicans called for a comprehensive Reform of the organization. "The WTO is in very bad shape; and it could go even further downhill." He wants to help the WTO to get back on a good course.

Actually enters the WTO for years on the spot. New multilateral agreements are hardly possible. The punitive tariffs flanked trade disputes between the United States and China to undermine the rules of the WTO, which is also paralyzed due to the American Blockade of the appellate court in the arbitration court.

Seade promises that he will penetrate as the WTO chief is active on a Reform of the organization. So he differentiates himself from the very conservative and – in the eyes of his critics – too passive incumbent Azevêdo. This has always stressed that only WTO members could enforce changes. Seade will, however, exercise "in a respectful way" leadership. "The WTO should not stand still, but must develop in dialogue with their members." First Seade would try to bring in smaller groups of 60 to 80 members of the ongoing negotiations on new rules for electronic Commerce, the service trade and the fisheries subsidies up to the June 2021 planned WTO Ministerial conference at the end of to.

Updated Date: 09 July 2020, 16:19

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