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Biden’s Nominee to WTO Wants to Restore Appellate-Body Function

  • Pagan says WTO rules must be enforced as envisioned at start
  • Pagan: ‘I don’t think it’s going to be an easy conversation’

President Joe Biden’s nominee to the World Trade Organization said she will work to “restore” the institution’s defunct appellate body, which previously had the final say in trade disputes that affected billions of dollars in international commerce. 

“I suspect I will spend a lot of time having these conversations with our counterparts at the WTO to make sure we can restore the appellate body and the system to the way that we envisioned at the beginning,” Maria Pagan said during a Senate Finance Committee hearing on Tuesday. “I don’t think it’s going to be an easy conversation.”