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WTO Appellate Body Reform Proposals Urged by Free Trade Advocates 

Dec 6, 2019 by AFP

Arlington, VA – Twenty-six free trade and industry organizations today outlined reforms to the World Trade Organization (WTO) Appellate Body in a letter to the president, urging his administration to support the changes as a means to resolve various concerns it has raised and before the tribunal ceases to function Dec. 10, due to an impasse over judicial appointments.

The groups urged the administration to support consensus reform proposals (the “Walker principles”); the establishment of an oversight and audit committee; and eight-year term limits for members of the Appellate Body secretariat.

They wrote, “America’s economic interests will be harmed if there is no internationally agreed upon mechanism for combatting unfair trade practices of other nations.  Now is the time to put forward a specific, detailed U.S. proposal aimed at reforming the dispute settlement system so that global trade rules can be predictably enforced. The WTO dispute settlement system is worth saving.”

The letter was signed by the following organizations:

  • Americans for Prosperity
  • American Craft Spirits Association
  • American Soybean Association
  • Center for Freedom and Prosperity
  • Citizens Against Government Waste
  • Coalition of American Metal Manufacturers and Users
  • Competitive Enterprise Institute
  • Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA)
  • Consumer Choice Center
  • The Fashion Accessories Shippers Association
  • The Fashion Jewelry & Accessories Trade Association
  • FreedomWorks
  • Gemini Shippers Association
  • Institute for Policy Innovation
  • International Dairy Foods Association
  • The LIBRE Initiative
  • National Corn Growers Association
  • National Council of Farmer Cooperatives
  • National Retail Federation
  • National Taxpayers Union
  • North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers
  • Retail Industry Leaders Association
  • R Street Institute
  • Taxpayers Protection Alliance
  • USA Poultry and Egg Export Council
  • S. Grains Council

Click here to view the full letter.