6 November 2014

Coming Soon

6 November, Geneva, Switzerland. JURISDICTION IN THE INTERNET ERA. This event, jointly hosted by the Université de Genève and the Geneva Internet Platform, will focus on the issue of jurisdiction on the overall internet governance debate. Questions to be addressed include, for example, how far domestic law application can extend into the online environment, and how can the online ecosystem offer solutions aimed at avoiding conflicts of jurisdiction and competition between national courts and legal systems. More information is available at the event website.

6-7 November, Washington, US. IMF, WORLD BANK, WTO JOINT TRADE WORKSHOP. The third edition of this workshop, held jointly by the WTO, the World Bank, and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), will feature an exchange of views on current trade issues. These will include, for example, services trade, global supply chains, trade finance, and the future of trade, among others. To learn more, or to register, please visit the event website.

7 November, London, UK. ACCELERATING AFRICAN GROWTH: SEIZING THE OPPORTUNITY. At this Chatham House event, Barclays Group Africa Chief Executive Maria Ramos will discuss the foundations of growth in Africa and how the continent has become an attractive destination for corporations and investments. Ramos will also consider ways to accelerate growth in order to maximise investment opportunities in the region. The event is by invitation only, and will be held under the Chatham House Rule. To read more, please visit the Chatham House website

12-13 November, London, UK and online. THE 2014 CAPE CONFERENCE: DOES MONEY MATTER? THE ROLE OF FINANCE IN ACHIEVING THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS. The conference, organised by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), will bring together research from both the development finance and public financial management worlds to create a forum for discussion on how the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are currently under negotiation at the UN, will affect them both. Discussants will also address ways that finance can be channeled to meet these SDGs, once the goals are elaborated. The event will be streamed live online. To access the full agenda and speakers list, please visit the ODI website.

WTO Events

An updated list of forthcoming WTO meetings is posted here. Please bear in mind that dates and times of WTO meetings are often changed, and that the WTO does not always announce the important informal meetings of the different bodies. Unless otherwise indicated, all WTO meetings are held at the WTO, Centre William Rappard, rue de Lausanne 154, 1211 Geneva, Switzerland, and are open to WTO members and accredited observers only.

7 November: Committee on Budget, Finance and Administration

10-11 November: Committee on Regional Trade Agreements

11 November: Working Group on Trade, Debt and Finance

13 November: Committee on Agriculture

Other Upcoming Events

24-26 November, Geneva, Switzerland. MULTI-YEAR EXPERT MEETING ON TRANSPORT, TRADE LOGISTICS AND TRADE FACILITATION, THIRD SESSION (SMALL ISLAND DEVELOPING STATES). This expert meeting, convened by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), will address trade logistics issues in developing countries, particularly least developed countries, landlocked developing countries, small island developing states (SIDS), and some countries with economies in transition. In this context, participants will consider topics ranging from the impacts of climate change on transport infrastructure in SIDS to financing as a cross-cutting enabling factor. To register online for this meeting, please visit the UNCTAD website

25-26 November, Geneva, Switzerland. NEW HORIZONS IN SERVICES TRADE GOVERNANCE. This event, organised jointly by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) and the World Trade Institute (WTI) at the University of Bern, will be held under the sponsorship of the Colombian and Mexican missions to the WTO. The conference aims to highlight some of the key issues around the role that services play in the 21st century global economy. More information on the event can be found at the ICTSD website.

5 December, Tokyo, Japan. ADBI ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON OUTLOOK AND FINANCING REQUIREMENTS OF ASIAN GROWTH. The purpose of this conference, hosted by the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) is to take stock of recent developments in ways to facilitate the financing of Asian growth. The conference will focus on three main areas: finance and trade issues related to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs); infrastructure investment and finance in Asia; and macroeconomic and financial policy. The conference is meant to generate research papers that could be featured either as part of a book or as an ADBI working paper. For more information, please visit the event website.

10 December, Washington, US. TRADE, POVERTY, AND PROSPERITY CONFERENCE. This two-day conference organised by the World Bank’s research department will bring together academics and senior policy experts to address ways to use globalisation in a manner that reduces poverty and boosts shared prosperity, drawing on new research regarding the relationship between trade and household welfare. The objective of the conference is to identify trade policies that can accelerate progress toward these goals. For more information about this event, please visit World Bank’s website.

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