Valerie Hughes comments in National Newswatch on the late October meeting of ministers and senior officials from Canada and 12 other countries on reforming the World Trade Organization.
Valerie Hughes said the Ottawa meeting turned out better than expected. “A positive air came out of the first meeting.”
The WTO has 164 member countries and Ottawa stepped up to start the reform discussions, she said. “Now they will have to figure a way out of the problems.”
The countries at the Ottawa meeting are all big users of the WTO rules, which “means they will know where to put the emphasis and how to get through to a solution,” she said. That will include addressing U.S. concerns with the dispute system, which has been hobbled by the U.S. refusal to appoint members to its Appellate Body, which rules on disputes.
The meeting focused on the WTO’s challenges and the need to fix them, she said.