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Over the last four years, with support from the Carnegie Corporation, Columbia SIPA has embarked on an ambitious initiative to develop new thinking and expertise at the intersection of digital technology, data, public policy and SIPA’s core fields. The Tech & Policy Initiative is engaging leading scholars, CEOs, entrepreneurs, legal and policy experts, and members of civil society to identify and help solve future digital policy challenges in three areas: cybersecurity, internet governance, and the digital economy.

This Workshop built on three previous annual gatherings, called the SIPA Global Digital Futures Policy Forum. The Workshop considered areas that are well known as important for the future as well as emerging digital public policy issues. Over the course of the day, participants examined selected policy issues of our digital age – notably digital trade; antitrust, the platform economy; global governance; the internet of things; as well policy issues related to digital currencies; digital identities, security and privacy; and elections and online advertising.

Ricardo Meléndez-Ortiz, Chief Executive of ICTSD, is a speaker at the plenary 2 on “International Trade in the Digital Age”

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Friday, 15 June 2018 - 9:00am to 6:00pm

On September 14th, gathering at the G20 Trade and Investment Ministerial meeting in Mar del Plata, WTO members representing 75 percent of world trade recognised “the urgent need to discuss current events in international trade and ways to improve the WTO to face current and future challenges.”

In their joint statement, ministers agreed to encourage “all G20 Members individually and with other interested parties to continue to come forward with ideas to ensure that the WTO continues to be relevant.” Against this backdrop, ICTSD hosted an open dialogue on WTO modernisation alongside the 2018 WTO Public Forum.

The objective of the dialogue was to encourage policymakers and experts to find new paths forward to strengthen and improve the multilateral trading system, and to do so by building on the extensive work carried out by ICTSD, the E15 Initiative, and many others in recent years. As one of a series of activities, this dialogue followed an format that encouraged an active exchange of ideas to address both current trade tensions and long-term systemic challenges.

The Chatham House rule applied to this dialogue to encourage open and frank discussions.

Ricardo Meléndez-Ortiz, Chief Executive of ICTSD, is the moderator.

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Monday, 1 October 2018 - 9:00am to 1:00pm

The 2030 Agenda establishes a set of highly ambitious sustainable development goals and targets. Trade and trade policies will play a critical role in achieving such goals. By 2030, however, the global economy is likely to be significantly different from today. Deep technological and socio-economic changes such as automation, 3D printing or the trend towards re-localisation of production will gain in importance. Issues such as e-commerce, investment, and services will increasingly become the focus of economic policymaking.

For developing countries aspiring to achieve structural economic transformation, these evolutions pose particular challenges. This session will explore in a combined debate and roundtable format, ways to ensure that the new economy effectively contributes to inclusive growth and sustainable development. It will review issues around industrial policies, technology diffusion, investment and trade facilitation with a 2030-time horizon focusing on key development concerns and areas where WTO rules may need to be updated.

This event is organized as part of the WTO Public Forum 2018

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Thursday, 4 October 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am

The current trade tensions involving major players of the global economy constitute an outbreak of some long-standing problems in the world trade system. Unless members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) start to renegotiate and to resolve these long-standing disputes, solving technical problems on the surface will prove difficult and unsatisfactory.

Points of contention among WTO members include the functioning of the WTO Dispute Settlement Unit, Special and Differential Treatment enjoyed by emerging economies as well as the treatment of state-owned enterprises (SOEs) and technological transfers.

Three new changes have taken place recently. First, the US, the EU and Japan proposed a number of WTO reform recommendations in the tripartite statement released on May 31, including state industrial subsidies, SOEs and market conditions, intellectual property protection, and compulsory technology transfer. Second, the EU has also completed internal recommendations on WTO reform. In addition to the topics covered by the above-mentioned joint statement, the reform plan also involves development issues, daily work of the WTO, etc. Additionally, the China-EU High Level Economic Dialogue also plans to set up a working group on WTO reform issues.

The dialogue aimed at facilitating multi-stakeholder discussions about the WTO Modernisation Agenda and was organized by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) and the Center for China and Globalization (CCG) in partnership with China Institute for WTO Studies, University of International Business and Economics (UIBE).

The Chatham House rule applied to this dialogue to encourage frank discussion.

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

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TThis event is organized by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) and the Center for China and Globalization (CCG) in partnership with China Institute for WTO Studies, University of International Business and Economics (UIBE)...

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Thursday, 23 August 2018 - 2:00pm