The World Trade Organisation

Mike Moore was the Director-General of the World Trade Organisation from 1999 to 2002, his term coincided with momentous changes in the global economy and multilateral trading system. He is widely credited with restoring confidence in the system following the setback of the 3rd WTO Ministerial Conference held in Seattle in 1999. Ministers at the 4th WTO Ministerial Conference in Doha, Qatar respect him as the driving force behind the decision to launch a new round of multilateral trade negotiations. That meeting in 2001 also saw the successful accession to the WTO of China and Chinese Taipei, which along with Estonia, Jordan, Georgia, Albania, Oman, Croatia, Lithuania and Moldova joined during Mr Moore’s term bringing in the majority of the world’s population within the rules-based trading system. He gave particular attention to helping poor countries participate effectively in the multilateral trading system.[4]