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Tackling global trade challenges – is multilateralism still the answer?

Civil society meeting with EVP V. Dombrovskis and WTO DG N. Okonjo-Iweala.

  • Date: 22/01/2024, 15:15-16:30
  • Location: Hybrid meeting –Sicco Mansholt room in Charlemagne, rue de la Loi 170, 1040, Brussels; and Webex
  • Web streaming

Meeting details

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How can multilateralism provide an effective answer to ensure trade continues to foster sustainable, inclusive and equitable growth?

What is the impact of geopolitical fragmentation and disruption of supply chains on the global trading system, and how can the WTO help?

European Commission Executive Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis and WTO Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala will discuss the topics with EU civil society ahead of the WTO’s 13th Ministerial Conference in Abu Dhabi in February and take questions from the audience.  


Lead speakers

  • Valdis Dombrovskis, Executive Vice-President of the European Commission
  • Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Director-General of the WTO


  • Maria Tadeo – Brussels-based reporter for Bloomberg television


  1. Introduction by the moderator.
  2. Exchange of views with the lead speakers.
  3. Open discussion with stakeholders.

The meeting will take place in the Charlemagne building, Sicco Mansholt room, rue de la Loi 170 in Brussels. Virtual participation will also be possible.

A Webex access code and password will be sent to registered participants. We would be grateful if participants could launch their WEBEX connection at least 30 minutes in advance of the meeting so that any technical problems can be arranged in time before the meeting.

Participants should confirm their presence by Friday 19/01/2024 12:00 at
trade-civilsocietyatec [dot] europa [dot] eu (trade-civilsociety[at]ec[dot]europa[dot]eu).

  • trade policy | international trade
  • Monday 22 January 2024, 15:15 - 16:30 (CET)
  • Brussels, Belgium
  • Live streaming available
Trade topics
  • Trade policy
Event type

Practical information

Monday 22 January 2024, 15:15 - 16:30 (CET)
Charlemagne Building, European Commission
Rue de la Loi 170, 1040 Brussels, Belgium
Who should attend
EU civil society organisations
Directorate-General for Trade
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