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On 22 February, ICTSD and the World Economic Forum will organise a workshop on “Sustainable Development Criteria for Investment” as part of its 2016/2017 series of investment policy dialogues, with the support of the Government of the Netherlands. These dialogues follow on from the work done by the E15 Initiative Task Force on Investment Policy, which paved the way for the discussions.

The dialogue will seek to identify sustainability characteristics of FDI, which may be beneficial for host-country governments seeking guidance on the type of inward investment to attract; home-country governments wishing to support sustainable outward investment; and arbitrators in investor-state disputes who are increasingly called upon to account for the sustainable development impact of investment. Discussions will chart the current landscape of existing sustainability criteria and will then consider stakeholder and regional perspectives as a means to complement or build upon them. The workshop aims to be supportive of the G20 priority of green finance, launched under the Chinese Presidency and acknowledged by the German Presidency as an area of continued importance.

This is a private event and attendance is by invitation only.

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Wednesday, 22 February 2017 - 10:00am

E15Initiative policy options will help to inform trade and investment discussions at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2017 from 17-20 January in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, marking one year since the initial launch of the E15 Synthesis Report in 2016.

The following sessions relevant to E15 work are scheduled to take place:

 
ICTSD will participate (represented by Ricardo Meléndez-Ortiz, ICTSD Chief Executive)
 
Digital Trade in the Fourth Industrial Revolution
Thursday, 19 January
8:30-10:00
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Examining e-commerce and digital trade governance in the age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • What are the biggest barriers to e-commerce either in a regional or international context?
  • In what areas might trade rules help boost e-commerce opportunities? Where might public-private cooperation address e-commerce challenges?
  • What are the biggest barriers to cross-border data flows?
  • What models or best practices, emergent or existent, to address challenges and exceptions to cross-border data flows (eg. privacy frameworks, cyber-security)?
E15 policy options will be showcased
 
FDI in the new Global Rhetoric
Wednesday 18 January
14:00-15:30
Private
 
Identifying strategic options for the 21st-century global investment regime in a fragmented world divided between investment liberalisation and protectionism. The session will look at key elements of the path ahead, including regional outlooks and innovative ways forward, such as investment facilitation.
 
Select relevant trade and investment sessions
 
Governing Globalization
Wednesday 18 January
10:45-11:45
Congress Centre, Aspen 2
Public
 

Four out of five jobs lost due to globalization have been sacrificed to technological change rather than trade. What have we learned about globalization to improve its governance?

Speakers: Stefan LöfvenDambisa MoyoKevin DelaneyAbidali NeemuchwalaBradford L. Smith

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Protectionism: Back to the Future?

Thursday 19 January
18:00-19:00 Congress Centre, Aspen 2
Public
 

With current and future trade agreements in question, and business and development impact paramount, is the world heading towards a new wave of protectionism?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Beyond regional trade agreements
  • Facilitating global flows
  • Global investment and services

Speakers: Cecilia MalmströmGillian R. TettDavid AbneyMin ZhuRoberto AzevêdoDavid M. Cote

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Global Economic Outlook

Friday 20 January 11:00-12:00
Congress Centre, Hall

Public

 

What lies ahead for the global economy in 2017?

Dimensions to be addressed:

  • Growth in a low-rate world
  • Future of economic openness
  • Roadmap for emerging markets

Speakers: Haruhiko KurodaLaurence D. FinkChristine LagardeMartin WolfWolfgang SchäublePhilip Hammond

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Tuesday, 17 January 2017 - 4:13pm to Friday, 20 January 2017 - 4:13pm

On 15 December, ICTSD will organise an E15 Engagement Day on E-Commerce and the Digital Economy. The meeting will bring together WTO delegates and E15 experts for constructive exchange in a non-negotiating setting to examine various dimensions of an e-commerce/digital economy agenda at the WTO. Discussions will seek to extract and review ideas that have arisen through the numerous events and initiatives on this issue area over the past six months, and to discern their potential application to the WTO over the next year as members begin to focus on outcomes for the 11th WTO Ministerial Conference (MC11).

Electronic commerce and the digital economy have become a central part of the global economy, promising huge potential but also revealing significant challenges for effective inclusion and participation. For example, the inclusion of SMEs and micro-businesses holds promise, particularly if barriers to access and complexity of regulation can be reduced and transparency and availability of information strengthened. At the same time, this area is highly dynamic, making the challenge of achieving the potential a moving target. Rapidly evolving business models and new agreements among more developed economies are already underway and shaping markets and trade and investment governance.

The meeting will follow on from the E15 Engagement Day on the WTO and MC11, held on 26 September, and represents the first in a series of dialogues to be organised over the course of the year to delve further into selected topics as they evolve.

This is a private event and attendance is by invitation only.

For more information, please refer to the E15Initiative website.

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Thursday, 15 December 2016 - 10:38am