It seems in the current global turbulence multilateral trade deals are dead, long live bilateral agreements.
Like the League of Nations before it, the UN is often dismissed as a powerless talking shop or a proxy for the great powers. It's much more than that.
The multilateral system is under challenge from a surge of bilateral and regional trade deals.
As the African Development Bank Group changes leadership, Africa's multilateral financier must chart a new course, including raising the contribution and voice of Africans in the institution.