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A Private Conversation with Hon. Rufus H. Yerxa, President of National Foreign Trade Council, Former Deputy USTR and Deputy Director General of the WTO. Under the Trump administration, the international trading order is undergoing profound changes – the United States withdrew from the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, levied tariffs against its trade partners, most notably China, dismantled the North American Free Trade Agreement, and re-negotiated terms of bilateral trade with the European Union and Japan. All these developments are shaking up the world economy and global value chains, as well as the existing multilateral trading system. Please join us for a roundtable discussion featuring a dialogue between Mr. Rufus H. Yerxa, a senior US trade expert and diplomat, and a group of thought leaders on US and world trade.

Ricardo Meléndez-Ortiz, Chief Executive of ICTSD, and Shuaihua Cheng, Director of the Global Economic Governance Initiatives at ICTSD, are discussants.

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Sunday, 28 October 2018 - 9:00am to 6:00pm

The 11th Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in Buenos Aires ended without any negotiated outcome. At the same time, the organisation is under pressure due to escalating tensions between major trading partners. Is the WTO in crisis? What is the way forward? INTA discussed this with WTO Deputy-Director General Frederic Agah and invited experts from China, the United States, India and the Geneva-based International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development.

Ricardo Meléndez-Ortiz, Chief Executive of ICTSD, was a discussant.

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Tuesday, 24 April 2018 - 9:00am to 6:00pm

Approved by the State Council, the annual session of China Development Forum (CDF) 2018 will be hosted by the Development Research Center of the State Council of China on March 24-26, 2018 at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing. With “China in the New Era” as its theme, this year’s CDF will address key topical issues, including high-quality development, fiscal and tax systems reform, supply-side structural reform and financial policies, opening-up on all fronts, China’s manufacturing in high-quality development stage, innovation and future development.

2018 marks the first year of implementing the guiding principles of the 19th CPC National Congress and the 40th anniversary of China’s Reform and Opening-up policy. The 19th CPC National Congress announced socialism with Chinese characteristics has entered a new era and designed a blueprint for China’s development for the next three decades. To make the blueprint into reality, China will remain committed to deepening reform and expanding opening up and make all-round efforts for economic, political, cultural, social, and ecological advancement. In the run-up to a new era for China, what key reforms will be introduced in 2018 has drawn global attention.

As the second largest economy, China has seen its development interconnected with that of the world. Today, the global economy has begun to gradually recover, but uncertainties from geopolitics and economic sectors still loom all over the world. Against this backdrop, it is of wide concern that how China will communicate, coordinate and cooperate with other countries, promote the building of a community with a shared future for mankind and contribute Chinese wisdom and plans in reshaping global economic driving force, responding to climate change and meeting sustainable development goals.

The CDF is the first major state-level international conference held after the conclusion of the “Two Sessions”, namely the annual sessions of the National People’s Congress (NPC) and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC). With the objective of “Engaging with the World for Common Prosperity”, the Forum is China’s most preeminent platform for dialogue between China’s senior leadership and representatives from global leading businesses, international organisations, and scholars from home and abroad. This year marks the 19th annual session of the Forum. Since its inauguration in 2000, it has promoted international exchanges on development policies and international cooperation.

ICTSD was represented by its Chief Executive, Ricardo Meléndez-Ortiz.

 

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Saturday, 24 March 2018 - 9:00am to Monday, 26 March 2018 - 6:00pm

2018 marks the 17th anniversary of China’s accession to the WTO. The 17th Annual Conference on WTO and China will be held in Beijing on 27th October. Topics to be discussed at the conference include: The role of the WTO in China's reform process; and China’s international economic relations in a new era.

The conference is co-hosted by University of International Business and Economics (UIBE), China Society for World Trade Organization Studies (CWTO), and the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD); organized by China Institute for WTO Studies, UIBE.

Attendance to this event is by invitation only. For further information, please contact ICTSD China Office, email: asia [at] ictsd.ch

Ricardo Meléndez-Ortiz, Chief Executive of ICTSD, is a speaker.

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The conference is co-hosted by University of International Business and Economics (UIBE), China Society for World Trade Organization Studies (CWTO), and the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD); organized by China Institute for WTO Studies, UIBE.

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Saturday, 27 October 2018 - 10:00am to 6:00pm