The WTO and its agreements underpin Canada’s international trade policies. A stable, predictable and rules-based global trading system is critical for Canada’s economy and quality of life. But it is impossible to ignore the fact that the WTO is facing significant challenges across a range of fronts, including in delivering new negotiating results, the dispute settlement system and the day-to-day monitoring function of the organization. Dispute these challenges, moving forward, Canada is engaged in discussions and make progress to advance Canada’s interests in the WTO. Canada seeks to reinvigorate the regular work of the WTO, participate in discussions on the so-called new issues, namely gender, MSMEs and e-commerce, which all align with Canada’s Progressive Trade Agenda.
About the CIGI Global Policy Forum:
The CIGI Global Policy Forum is an exclusive, invitation-only series of talks offering authoritative analysis on policy-relevant issues affecting Canada and its place in the world. Launched in 2012 by The Centre for International Governance Innovation, and held at the Rideau Club in Ottawa, the CIGI Global Policy Forum offers audience members access to a wide range of distinguished speakers: policy experts and influencers shaping the world’s debates and discussions on global economic, security, development and environmental issues.
Stephen de Boer joined Global Affairs Canada in 2005 and has held various positions in the department, including in the Investment Trade Policy and North America Trade Policy Divisions.