A Private Conversation with Hon. Rufus H. Yerxa, President of National Foreign Trade Council, Former Deputy USTR and Deputy Director General of the WTO. Under the Trump administration, the international trading order is undergoing profound changes – the United States withdrew from the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, levied tariffs against its trade partners, most notably China, dismantled the North American Free Trade Agreement, and re-negotiated terms of bilateral trade with the European Union and Japan. All these developments are shaking up the world economy and global value chains, as well as the existing multilateral trading system. Please join us for a roundtable discussion featuring a dialogue between Mr. Rufus H. Yerxa, a senior US trade expert and diplomat, and a group of thought leaders on US and world trade.

Ricardo Meléndez-Ortiz, Chief Executive of ICTSD, and Shuaihua Cheng, Director of the Global Economic Governance Initiatives at ICTSD, are discussants.

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Sunday, 28 October 2018 - 9:00am to 6:00pm

The 11th Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in Buenos Aires ended without any negotiated outcome. At the same time, the organisation is under pressure due to escalating tensions between major trading partners. Is the WTO in crisis? What is the way forward? INTA discussed this with WTO Deputy-Director General Frederic Agah and invited experts from China, the United States, India and the Geneva-based International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development.

Ricardo Meléndez-Ortiz, Chief Executive of ICTSD, was a discussant.

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Tuesday, 24 April 2018 - 9:00am to 6:00pm

E-commerce discussions in Geneva, in regional capitals, and beyond are grappling with the challenges of formulating appropriate policy responses to the digital transformation of trade. The literature is clear, e-commerce has the potential to bring significant development benefits, but these will not be automatic. Moreover, significant gaps in capacity, capital and skills could imperil the equitable distribution of the benefits of digital transformation and prevent them reaching the world’s poor.

Moving from the theoretical to the practical is a challenge. The rise of the digital economy is marked by an increasing concentration of market shares, and a growing sense of tension between the public interests and the consolidation of big data based companies. Governments, particularly in the developing world, look at this situation with scepticism and wonder what is needed to evolve from takers to value creators.

This workshop will look at the relationship between e-commerce and development both from a policy and a trade negotiations perspective. In doing so, we will address questions around the nature of special and differential treatment and its evolution, the relevance of competition policy in the context of the digital economy, and the shaping of trade negotiations, particularly at the WTO.

Attendance to this event is by invitation only.

The context setting is done by Ricardo Meléndez-Ortiz, Chief Executive of ICTSD.

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This event is organised with the generous support of The Goverment of Finland....

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Wednesday, 14 November 2018 - 9:15am to 5:30pm