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Global trade is rebounding, but most households remain more concerned with living standards and opportunities than macro indicators. Voters are demanding more than traditionally measured growth and existing frameworks are charged with failing to deliver. Global trade stands at a crossroads, and there are potent forces disrupting the existing order. How should policymakers engage stakeholders to respond in order to correct course and ensure trade is an engine for delivering a sustainable future?

A broader agenda for international trade and economic cooperation is imperative to manage the transition toward a more inclusive and sustainable global economy. Guaranteeing the benefits and opportunities created by trade reach the length and breadth of society requires more than rules and agreements reached by trade negotiators. Negotiations are critical, but equally essential are the adequacy and strength of domestic institutions, the presence of an enabling environment for business, and smart regulations and policies that empower women, and unleash entrepreneurs and small businesses in reaching beyond borders to participate in trade. Also, that pro-actively support a conversion of energy systems and consumption and production patterns towards a low carbon economy.

This dinner discussion will be convened under the E15 Initiative  by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) and the World Economic Forum at the sidelines of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2018.

The session will bring together stakeholders to focus on:

  • understanding the nature of current tensions in the global trade system
  • exploring the possible exhaustion of business as usual approaches to governance of trade
  • articulating alignment of trade to Agenda 2030 and the Paris Agreement

Attendance to this event is by invitation only.

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Thursday, 25 January 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:30pm

This year’s World Economic Forum Annual Meeting will take place from 23-26 January in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, marking two years since the initial launch of the E15 Synthesis Report in 2016.

The following sessions relevant to E15 work will take place:

 

ICTSD participates (represented by Ricardo Meléndez-Ortiz, ICTSD Chief Executive)

Facilitation 2.0 – Trade, Investment and Services

Wednesday 24 January,
09:30-11:00

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Boosting global commerce in the 21st century means making it easier to trade goods and services and invest abroad. Simplification, automation, harmonization and transparency are just some of the ways to reduce frictions and help trade and investment flow.

The Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation is delivering commercially impactful border reforms through collaboration by business, donors and governments.

On the agenda:

  • What have we learnt and how can we further cooperate to accelerate practical reforms to ease investment and trade in goods and services?

Accelerating Digital Trade Opportunities and Solutions

Thursday 25 January,
09:30-11:00

Private

The workshop will scope options to boost global e-commerce and advance an Enabling E-Commerce initiative. Participants will also explore ways to best develop interoperable frameworks for data flows and determine avenues for rapid impact.

On the agenda:

  • What are the challenges in the digital trade landscape and what are potential solutions?
  • What are the best ways to develop interoperable frameworks for data flows and determine avenues for rapid impact?

 

Select relevant trade and investment sessions

Saving Economic Globalization from Itself

Tuesday 23 January, 16:00-17:00
Congress Centre, Aspen 2

Public

While the benefits of international trade and investment were promoted globally, the social and economic costs to some communities were ignored. Can a renewed focus on its damaging local effects save economic globalization from itself?

This session was developed in partnership with Quartz.

Speakers: Mauricio Cardenas, Devin Wenig, Chanda Kochhar, Minouche Shafik, Sharan Burrow, Rich Lesser, Kevin Delaney

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Enabling eCommerce: Small Enterprises, Global Players

Wednesday 24 January, 11:30-12:15, Congress Centre, Congress Hall

Public

Breaking down barriers to international e-commerce promises to expand export opportunities for small businesses, giving them a global presence that was once reserved for large multinational firms. How can we shape digital policies and practices to benefit rising entrepreneurs?

Speakers: Stephen J. Adler, David Abney, Chrystia Freeland, Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal, Takeshi Niinami, Soren Skou

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Future Shocks: Systemic Trade Tremors

Wednesday 24 January,
16:30-17:30
Congress Centre, Aspen 2

Public

Against a backdrop of surging anti-globalization sentiment, multilateral rules are at risk of being openly breached, potentially triggering adverse impacts and retaliatory moves along global value chains. What if bilateral trade wars cascade and multilateral dispute resolution institutions are too weak to respond?

Explore the possible, plausible and probable impacts of dismantling the international trade architecture.

Speakers: Alan Murray, Roberto Azevêdo, David W. MacLennan, Bill Winters

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New Avenues for Global Trade

Thursday 25 January,
13:00-14:00 Congress Centre, Aspen 2

Public

With NAFTA negotiations at a sticking point, Mexico and Canada are strengthening linkages outside North America, and TPP11 and RCEP are inching towards completion. Is greater protectionism in multiple global capitals clearing the ground for a new trade landscape?

Speakers: Stephen J. Adler, David Abney, Chrystia Freeland, Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal, Takeshi Niinami, Soren Skou

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Tuesday, 23 January 2018 - 9:38am to Friday, 26 January 2018 - 9:38am

On 30 November, ICTSD organised a working lunch on options for an outcome on fisheries subsidies at the Eleventh WTO Ministerial Conference (MC11) under the E15 Initiative, jointly implemented with the World Economic Forum.

WTO negotiations on rules for fisheries subsidies have been given renewed impetus by the commitments made in the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Recent proposals have prioritised disciplines on subsidies to illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing and subsidies for fishing of overfished stocks, as well as priorities of the original mandate: subsidies contributing to overcapacity and over-fishing and improved transparency.

Despite intensive technical negotiations underway and a high degree of political expectation, it remains unclear what form an outcome on fisheries subsidies at MC11 might take. This working lunch aimed to provide Heads of Delegation with an opportunity for an informal and off-the-record discussion of possible options for the shape of an outcome on fisheries subsidies at MC11. The discussion was informed by a succinct overview of the issues in play in the fisheries subsidies negotiations in the lead-up to Buenos Aires, and input from experts on specific questions.

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Thursday, 30 November 2017 - 1:15pm to 2:45pm