1 November 2018

Coming Soon

5-6 November, London, United Kingdom, and online. AFRICA’S RISING DEBT. This event, which will be held both in person and streamed live online, is being organised by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI). The event will examine the current debt situation in many sub-Saharan African nations, as well as the potential implications and ways forward. Expected participants include leaders from government, development agencies, the private sector, and academia. To read more about the event and view the schedule, visit ODI’s event webpage.  

6-7 November, Singapore. BLOOMBERG NEW ECONOMY FORUM. The first meeting of the New Economy Forum, set up by Michael Bloomberg, will cover a host of topics relating to the global economy, including trade, climate change, global governance, technology, urbanisation, finance and capital markets, and inclusion. A provisional agenda and speakers’ list are already available online. To learn more, visit the New Economy Forum website.   

7 November, London, United Kingdom. US MIDTERM ELECTION RESULTS: THE IMPACT ON TRANSATLANTIC RELATIONS AND INTERNATIONAL TRADE. This Chatham House event examines the potential implications of the US midterm election results on Washington’s trade policy options and approaches going forward. Among the topics for discussion include the EU-US trading relationship, along with the US’ international ties more broadly. For more information about the event, visit their webpage

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 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. 

1 November: Committee on Trade and Development – Dedicated Session on Small Economies 

1-2 November: Committee on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures 

2 November: Informal Open-ended Council for Trade in Goods 

5 November: Workshop on Aid for Trade 

6 November: Informal Committee on Trade and Development – Session on Aid for Trade 

6 November: Informal Committee on Market Access 

6 November: Informal Committee on Budget, Finance and Administration 

6-9 November: Informal Open-ended Negotiating Group on Rules (Fisheries Subsidies) 

8-9 November: Council for Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights 

Other Upcoming Events

8 November, Washington, US. THE WTO: WHAT’S NEXT? The Washington International Trade Organization (WITA) will host a panel discussion reviewing the concept papers recently released by the EU and Canada on WTO modernisation, taking an analytical approach in light of issues raised by other WTO members. To learn more about the event and to register, visit the WITA website for the event. 

14 November, Geneva, Switzerland. E-COMMERCE AND DEVELOPMENT: POLICY, NEGOTIATIONS, AND A FRESH LOOK INTO SPECIAL AND DIFFERENTIAL TREATMENT. This workshop, hosted by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) and the Government of Finland, will place a particular focus on the e-commerce-development nexus, particularly in light of e-commerce discussions in multiple international and domestic forums. Topics for discussion include competition policy, trade negotiations, and special and differential treatment. Please note that attendance is by invitation only. To learn more, visit the ICTSD website

14-15 February 2019, New Delhi, India. CARBON PRICING LEADERSHIP COALITION (CPLC) RESEARCH CONFERENCE. This event will be the first international research conference on carbon pricing, hosted by CPLC. It will bring together researchers, policymakers, and practitioners in this field, aiming for an exchange of ideas and information that can help resolve the gaps that exist between theory and existing practice. CPLC seeks to foster leadership across the public and private sectors, academia, and NGO communities in order to implement carbon pricing policies more effectively and reduce global emissions. To learn more, visit the CPLC website

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