On 23 June, ICTSD and DIGITALEUROPE organised a meeting in Brussels. Panelists touched upon the opportunities and challenges of the digital economy for the EU and for international trade, as well as on the rules that are needed and the potential ways forward.
In many ways digital trade acts as the sea-lanes and containers of trade in the 21st century. Trade is not possible without the flow of data and digitally deliverable services.
In the new «Trade for All» Strategy, the European Commission identified digital trade as a key priority to secure the EU’s place in the global value chains.
In the global context, many countries are looking at Europe to take leadership and strive for market access and preserve openness. The rise of digital protectionism around the world these last years marks a troubling shift in global trade. Last April the G7 ICT Ministers adopted an action plan that notably promotes access to ICT (information and communication technologies), promotes and protects the free flows of information and commits to using ICT to address international challenges and opportunities. These commitments are a first stepping stone at the global level to fully realise the potential of the Internet.
Data Moving Across Borders: The Future of Digital Trade PolicyMaximizing the Opportunities of the Internet for International TradeHow Digital Trade is Transforming GlobalisationAddressing Barriers to Digital TradeInformation Goes Global: Protecting Privacy, Security, and the New Economy in a World of Cross-border Data Flows
ICTSD will co-organize the 2016 T20 Trade and Investment Conference on June 8th, 2016 with a subject focused on "Global Trade and Investment Cooperation - Openness, Inclusiveness and Growth".
This year's Think 20 (T20) Trade and Investment Conference will be taking place in Geneva, Switzerland. And it will be organized by three Chinese think tanks officially assigned to spearhead 2016 T20 activities—Institute of World Economics and Politics at Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (IWEP, CASS), Shanghai Institute for International Studies (SIIS) and Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies at Renmin University of China (RDCY).
The ICTSD and IDEAS Centre will be the local partners for this T20 session in Geneva.
The conference will cover a variety of topics including global trade governance, the role of Regional Trade Agreements (RTAs), promoting trade growth, inclusive Global Value Chains (GVCs), and global investment cooperation, etc.
Attendance to this event is by invitation only. Should you have any question please do not hesitate to contact us via email: firstname.lastname@example.org and cc: email@example.com