As in all previous years of the event, ICTSD will engage with the global trade community at the WTO’s 2015 Public Forum. ICTSD will participate in a number of sessions at the three day event, which will focus on the theme “Trade Works.”
Bridges reporters will be on the ground at the event, reporting on any meaningful developments emerging from discussions. ICTSD will also be hosting a booth in the WTO atrium for the duration of the three-day event. The booth will feature a number of key publications related to the event theme and launch promotion for the Trade and Development Symposium, to be held alongside the WTO Ministerial Conference in Nairobi this December.
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 - 3:02pm to Friday, 2 October 2015 - 3:02pm
The objective of this session is to discuss how greater impetus to value chain development in Southern Africa could lead to higher levels of intra-regional trade and significant sustainable development outcomes.
There are few concrete examples of African countries integrating successfully into international production networks. However, just like regional trade can offer a country the opportunity to experiment with trade and strengthen its competitive advantage before venturing into the global economy, similarly regional value chains (RVCs) can effectively serve as a launch pad for countries wishing to plug themselves into GVCs.
RVCs have not been well documented in Africa. But that does not mean that they do not exist. Moreover, the potential to develop RVCs in specific sectors has been boosted by rules of origin in regional trade agreements and by the ambition to achieve a pan-African Free trade area.
In the context of sustainable development and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the session will focus on how integrating into Global and Regional Value Chains can contribute towards sustainable development; in particular focusing on the challenges and opportunities for women in GVCs.
Following this general introduction on GVCs and sustainable development, the session will present practical experiences and evidence from Southern Africa, assessing the contribution of value chain participation to specific sustainable development objectives and highlighting the complex inter-relationships between regional value chains and regional trade integration.
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