Twitter Q&A: The WTO Forecast & the Future of Trade

For the second year, WTO Chief Economist Bob Koopman took questions on Twitter after the release of the 2017-18 trade forecasts and the 2016 trade outcomes. Here is how the chat went.


  1. To start things off, we took a peek into work that goes behind the trade figures with the help of the WTO economists and statisticians.
  2. On the big day of the release, WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo answered questions from journalists and was accompanied by Chief Economist Robert Koopman, senior economist Coleman Nee, and spokesperson Keith Rockwell.
  3. WTO Press Conference: Trade Forecast and 2016 figures
  4. The news was soon out: Trade recovery was expected in 2017 and 2018 amid policy uncertainty.
  5. Region-specific information received much interest as well.
  6. The next day, Bob opened the chat with a quick appearance on video.
  7. And then we were off! Some questions focused on long-term trends of trade's contribution to the world economy.