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The session examined new innovations in RTAs, and how can they inform the work being done at the multilateral level in order to promote more inclusive trade and economic growth. We looked specifically at how new disciplines in RTAs are helping to promote SMEs, improve the functioning of GVCs and the interplay between trade and technology.

These disciplines can benefit the multilateral trading system, but to take advantage of best practices, governments, private sector leaders and policy makers need to engage in dialogue and information sharing in a coordinated manner. Tools like the RTA Exchange – an initiative developed in the context of the E15 Initiative’s Group of Exerts on RTAs – can help this process by facilitating the exchange of information and negotiating experiences, and promoting greater dialogue in order to identify ways in which best practices can be multilateralised, and where opportunities for cooperation and convergence exist.

Moderator:

  • Ricardo MELÉNDEZ-ORTIZ, Chief Executive, ICTSD

Speakers:

  • Bernard HOEKMAN, Professor and Director of Global Economics, European University Institute
  • Lucian CERNAT, Chief Trade Economist, European Commission
  • Theresa CARPENTER, Executive Director, Graduate Institute Geneva’s Centre for Trade and Economic Integration
  • Jonathan T. FRIED, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Canada to the WTO

More information can be found on the E15Initiative website.

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Tuesday, 27 September 2016 - 3:15pm

 

On 29 September, ICTSD and the World Economic Forum organised a session at the WTO Public Forum to explore options for enabling sustainable investment for inclusive growth.

Sustainable investment and responsible supply chains practices can contribute to upgrading physical infrastructure, developing the technology and innovation capacity required to expand companies participation into the global markets, achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, and creating employment to ultimately increase prosperity for all.

Discussions addressed the following key questions:

  • What is the status of sustainable development principles inclusion into investment agreements?
  • How to increase the flow of sustainable investment, particularly to poorer countries, and is there a role for the WTO to facilitate such flows?
  • What can the private and public sectors do to encourage and monitor responsible supply chain practices?

The objective of the workshop was to further define and discuss sustainable and inclusive investment programmes in light of the global value chain reality.

Moderator:

  • Richard SAMANS, Managing Director and Member of the Managing Board, World Economic Forum

Speakers:

  • Álvaro CEDEÑO MOLINARI, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Costa Rica to the WTO
  • Ratnakar ADHIKARI, Executive Director of the Enhanced Integrated Framework, Executive Secretariat, WTO
  • Kruti INDANI, Group Director, Indani Global
  • Ghita ROELANS, Head, Multinational Enterprises and Enterprise Engagement Unit, International Labour Organization (ILO)
  • Marcela MANUBENS, VP for Social Impact, Unilever (TBC)

More information can be found on the E15Initiative website.

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Thursday, 29 September 2016 - 3:09pm

On 21-22 November, ICTSD in partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) organised a dialogue on inclusive rules of origin (RoO). The meeting represents the first in a series of RTA Exchange dialogues set to take place over the course of 2016 and 2017 to systematically explore possibilities for convergence and coherence-building between regional trade agreements (RTAs) and the multilateral trading system.

RTAs have been a driving force behind recent trade liberalisation efforts and the formation of many global value chains (GVCs). However, RTAs also create limitations for both countries inside and outside a trading block due to their rules of origin. The complexity and variety of RoO that exist today represents a challenge for many firms seeking to participate in production networks across various trade agreements. Empirical evidence suggests that strict rules of origin often result in the sub-optimal functioning of value chains by disincentivising the use of cheaper parts and materials from third countries. Complex and diverse sets of RoO have also affected the ability of developing countries including least developed countries (LDCs) to fully benefit from the enhanced market access granted through preferential schemes or negotiated under their RTAs.

More information can be found on the E15Initiative website.

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Monday, 21 November 2016 - 3:02pm to Tuesday, 22 November 2016 - 3:02pm

On 26 September, ICTSD in partnership with the World Economic Forum organised an E15 Engagement Day on the WTO and MC11 to contribute to discussions on possible ways forward at the WTO towards the 11th Ministerial Conference and beyond.

In the context of the G20’s reaffirmation of the importance of action on international trade, and the WTO in particular, to spur growth, six roundtables brought a small group of WTO delegates and E15 experts together in a non-negotiating setting. Deliberations covered the following E15 themes in two series of three roundtables running in parallel: agriculture, services facilitation, fossil fuel subsidies in the morning, then fisheries subsidies, e-commerce (digital economy), and investment facilitation in the afternoon. Two plenary sessions took place, “Towards MC11: Unlocking the WTO’s Potential” opening the day and “Synthesis and Ways Forward” to conclude.

This meeting is the first dedicated E15 contribution towards the WTO, and specifically about action framed in the new post-Nairobi two-year cycle of deliverables at ministerial meetings, commencing with MC11.

More information can be found on the E15Initiative website.

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Monday, 26 September 2016 - 9:00am

Resurgimiento de la política industrial

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Thursday, 11 August 2016 - 11:38am
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