In this episode, former WTO Director-General, Pascal Lamy in conversation with host Axel M. Addy, tells the audience how trade opening, regional economic integration and aid for trade are pathways to economic prosperity for long-lasting peace. After introducing the innovative approach being undertaken by the Paris Peace Forum to promote peace, he shares his views on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on fragility risk, as well as the role of regional economic  integration in supporting peacebuilding efforts, particularly in the context of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). He also touches on the role of the WTO accession process in driving countries to institute domestic reforms which can be conducive to peace. Finally, he provides advice to Director General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala on the most pressing issues facing the WTO today

 

Guest:

- Mr. Pascal Lamy, Former Director-General, World Trade Organization

 

Host:

- Mr. Axel M. Addy, Former Minister of Commerce and Chief Negotiator of Liberia's Accession to the WTO

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