The E15 engages key stakeholders – trade and investment policy makers, business and thought leaders – in policy dialogues in Geneva and around the world to explore and help validate ideas, align interests and strengthen the impetus for change.

Expert Group and Task Force Workshops

Second Expert Group Workshop on Functioning of the WTO

11 June 2013 , Geneva


The E15 Expert Group on the Functioning of the WTO met for the second time in Geneva on 11 June 2013 to continue discussions from the first expert group meeting in February 2013. The workshop, led by ICTSD and WTI, provided participants with an overview of policy options presented by the theme leader, Manfred Elsig (WTI). The authors of think pieces – which were drafted on the basis of topics which emerged after the first meeting – gave short presentations on their ideas: Manfred Elsig (WTI) on the role of WTO committees, Miguel Rodriguez Mendoza (ICTSD) presenting the piece by Brendan Vickers (DTI, South Africa) on the relationship between plurilaterals and the WTO, and Roderick Abbott (ECIPE) on the introduction of an intermediate body or consultative group into the WTO.

Attendance at this event was by invitation only.