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Director-General of WTO gives Public Lecture - The Role of the Multilateral Trading System

Pascal Lamy, Director-General of the World Trade Organization, led a public lecture at the University of Warwick on Wednesday 15 July, focusing on 'The Role of the Multilateral Trading System in the Recent Economic Crisis'.

The event was chaired by Warwick's Chancellor, and Director of the CBI, Richard Lambert, with a response from Martin Wolf CBE, Associate Editor and Chief Economics Commentator for the Financial Times.

Pascal Lamy has been Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO) since September 2005. Previously, he served as Trade Commissioner of the European Union in Brussels from 1999 to 2004 and between 1994 and 1999, he served as Director-General of the team responsible for restructuring the Crédit Lyonnais.

During his visit, Pascal Lamy also received an Honorary Degree, Hon LLD (Doctor of Laws), from the University in the Award Ceremonies taking place between 13 – 17 July. 

This public lecture follows a report published last year by the Warwick Commission entitled “The Multilateral Trade Regime: Which Way Forward?” which gave a series of recommendations for the future reform of the world trade system. 

A second Commission entitled  “International Financial Reform: Beyond Architecture, Towards Building Consensus” is due to report in October 2009.

Pascal Lamy