G-20 trade chiefs remain committed to WTO but seek change

By Alex Lawson (October 12, 2021, 7:12 p.m. EDT) – Trade ministers from the G-20 countries have approved sweeping changes to the World Trade Organization, including overhauling its legal wing, while pledging their support for the Geneva-based institution.

U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai was among the signatories of a statement closing the G-20 Trade Ministers’ Summit in Sorrento, Italy, calling for changes to the WTO dispute settlement system. In an effort to seek broader reforms, his office continued the Trump administration’s practice of blocking the appointment of new judges to serve on the WTO Appellate Body.

“We will work together at the WTO and with all WTO members to …

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