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In order to attract foreign direct investment, many countries have recognised the importance of focusing on domestic reforms in the area of investment facilitation – including regulatory transparency, streamlining administrative processes and dispute prevention. However, investment facilitation efforts should not just be designed to attract more investment, but also the right kind of investment, which contributes to the long-term development of the local economy, preserves the environment and improves societal outcomes.

Organized by ICTSD, UNCTAD and the World Economic Forum, this interactive dialogue will identify and share policies and practices that have facilitated investment for sustainable development in the host economy.

The dialogue will seek to answer the following questions:

  • What challenges prevent developing countries from successfully attracting and retaining long-term, sustainable investment?
  • What are successful and failed examples of investment facilitation policies and how can impacts on the host community be improved?
  • What policy recommendations should be prioritised at the regional and international levels to facilitate more sustainable investment flows for value chain upgrading?

The breakfast is organised as part of the World Investment Forum 2018. Attendance to this event is by invitation only.

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Thursday, 25 October 2018 - 9:00am to 10:00am

This year’s World Economic Forum on Latin America takes place from 13-15 March in São Paulo, Brazil, bringing together global and regional leaders from government, business and civil society.

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

Maximizing the Benefits of Trade Facilitation in Latin America

Thursday 15 March, 07:45-09:00

Private

While almost all Latin American countries have ratified the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) and are embarking on promising trade facilitation reforms, trading in the region remains complex and costly. Despite the similar nature of trade bottlenecks and some successful reforms in next-door countries, very little trade facilitation experience is being exchanged across Latin America.

On the agenda:

  • Exchange best practices and lessons learned from trade facilitation efforts in the region by governments, private sector and other regional stakeholders;
  • Discuss concrete examples from the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation’s projects in Latin America. The Alliance is a public-private platform that supports trade facilitation reforms by leveraging private sector expertise.

Redefining Resource-Led Growth

Thursday 15 March,
09:45-10:30

Private

Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies strongly rely on a range of raw materials that are plentiful in Latin America’s soil. What are the conditions for society to benefit from these technologies while creating local economic and social prosperity?

On the agenda:

  • Incorporating smart use of resources in technology innovation
  • Redefining sustainable impact of global value chains
  • Fostering cross-industry and public-private partnerships

The Tide Is Turning: International Trade in 2018

Thursday 15 March,
11:00-12:00

Public

With established agreements being reworked, how should stakeholders navigate an uncertain trade landscape?

This session was developed in partnership with El Pais.

This session is associated with the System Initiative on Shaping the Future of International Trade and Investment and the Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

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Shaping Industrial Development Strategies in Latin America

Thursday 15 March,
14:00-15:30

Private

The world of production – which is more than manufacturing and stretches from R&D and design, to consumers and end-of-use cycles – is undergoing unprecedented transformations driven by technologies such as 3D printing, artificial intelligence, the internet of things and next-generation robotics.

These transformations are unleashing a new wave of competition between producers and countries, and can provide significant opportunity and growth. The Forum’s System Initiative on Shaping the Future of Production is working closely with countries in Latin America to inform the design of a next generation of industrial development strategies to disseminate technology, boost productivity, create jobs and position the region as a key player in future production systems.

Accelerating Regional e-Commerce

Thursday 15 March,
16:00-17:30

Private

E-commerce holds the potential to drive growth and ensure the benefits of trade are more widely spread to small businesses. Yet, business-to-consumer e-commerce in Latin America is low compared with other regions. What barriers need to be addressed to drive change?

 

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Regional Integration: Full Steam Ahead? 

Wednesday 14 March, 10:00-11:00
Grand Hyatt São Paulo, Briefing Centre

Public

With protectionist rhetoric on the rise, countries are rethinking their trade strategies. Is this the boost the region needs to overcome long-standing resistance to integration? Dimensions to be addressed: – Building ties between Mercosur and the Pacific Alliance – Pursuing financial integration – Strengthening regional value chains.

Speakers: Alberto Bello, Alicia Bárcena Ibarra, Nicola Calicchio, Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal, Alejandro Ramírez, Marcos Troyjo

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E-Commerce: Expanding Trade Horizons

Wednesday 14 March, 18:45-19:15, Grand Hyatt São Paulo, Briefing Centre

Public

The expansion of e-commerce offers new markets for SMEs and entrepreneurs, and is poised to drive inclusive growth. What top challenges are ripe for international collaboration? Join this issue briefing for the latest insights on global e-commerce from e-payments to trade in digital services.

Speakers: Jean-Claude Ramirez, Roberto Azevêdo, Jeff Kratz, Demetrios Marantis

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Tuesday, 13 March 2018 - 12:56pm to Thursday, 15 March 2018 - 12:56pm

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

This year’s World Economic Forum Annual Meeting took 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 took place:

 

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

Facilitation 2.0 – Trade, Investment and Services

Wednesday 24 January,
09:30-11:00

Private

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 scoped options to boost global e-commerce and advance an Enabling E-Commerce initiative. Participants also explored 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?

 

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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

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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