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Jürgen Matthes / Kyungjin Song / Chris Hattingh / Stephen Ezell / Philip Thompson External Publication 28. September 2021 Key Issues for Reforming the World Trade Organization

The members of the Global Trade & Innovation Policy Alliance (GTIPA), a network of over 40 think tanks in 26 nations, have come together to articulate a positive vision that trade, globalization, and innovation—if conducted on private enterprise-led, market-based, rules governed terms—can maximize welfare for the world’s citizens (GTIPA, 2017).

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Key Issues for Reforming the World Trade Organization
Jürgen Matthes / Kyungjin Song / Chris Hattingh / Stephen Ezell / Philip Thompson External Publication 28. September 2021

Key Issues for Reforming the World Trade Organization

German Economic Institute (IW) German Economic Institute (IW)

The members of the Global Trade & Innovation Policy Alliance (GTIPA), a network of over 40 think tanks in 26 nations, have come together to articulate a positive vision that trade, globalization, and innovation—if conducted on private enterprise-led, market-based, rules governed terms—can maximize welfare for the world’s citizens (GTIPA, 2017).

The members of the GTIPA believe the World Trade Organization (WTO) can play a critical role as a forum for the establishment of rules that enable global trade to occur in a free, fair, and market-oriented manner in accordance with the foundational principles of national treatment, nondiscrimination, transparency, and reciprocity and serves as a forum for the (ideally) impartial, rules-based, and timely adjudication of trade disputes among member nations. A well-functioning WTO is indispensable to a well-functioning international economy. Unfortunately, the WTO is an increasingly constrained organization: It has failed to deliver any new significant trade-liberalizing agreements since the original Information Technology Agreement (ITA) in 1996, progress on the Doha Round remains interminably stalled, and the Appellate Body (AB) system appears broken. Perhaps most worryingly, some nations, particularly China, have elected to embrace economic and trade strategies and policies that are fundamentally antithetical and inconsonant with their WTO commitments, with the WTO proving powerless to effectively intercede. This monograph— authored by a subset of GTIPA members—explores the leading challenges facing the WTO and offers a number of policy recommendations for how to address them

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Jürgen Matthes / Edgar Schmitz IW-Report No. 30 11. June 2024

Competitive pressure from China for German companies

A firm survey conducted in March/April 2024 as part of the IW-Zukunftspanel among around 900 German companies from the manufacturing and industrial services sectors shows that around 350 of the companies surveyed have Chinese competitors in their markets.

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Jürgen Matthes IW-Policy Paper No. 3 4. June 2024

Strategic autonomy and economic security achieve efficiently

In this study an analytical scheme is developed to operationalise the objective of strategic autonomy in a cost-effective way.

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