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

ICTSD is organising and partnering many sessions at the WTO Public Forum held at the WTO in Geneva from 2 to 4 October 2018. The theme of the annual forum is “Trade 2030.”

In addition, ICTSD will be hosting a booth located in the Delegates' Lounge on the ground floor of the WTO main building for the duration of the public forum. The ICTSD stand will feature a selection of recent issues of the Bridges suite of periodicals as well as ICTSD publications relevant to the Public Forum theme of "Trade 2030" – offering constituents and new audiences an opportunity to meet and engage with programmatic and editorial teams.

ICTSD will be hosting and co-hosting a number of sessions within the agenda of the Public Forum as indicated below. In order to attend these sessions, you must be registered for the WTO Public Forum.

The Left Behind in Sustainability Practices: Children and Women
WTO Room S2
2 October 2018 – 11:30 – 13:00
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Delivering on Development by 2030: What Role for the WTO in the New Economy?
WTO Room S2
4 October 2018 – 10:00 – 11:30
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Disrupting the Gender Digital Divide: What Role for International Trade Policy?
WTO Room E
4 October 2018 – 11:30 – 13:00
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ICTSD experts will also be presenting in the following sessions:

Industrialisation 4.0: How to Achieve Sustainable Results for Africa?
WTO Room S3, Geneva
2 October 2018 – 14:00 – 15:30
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Linking Food Production Systems, Environment, Food Security and International Trade
WTO Room B, Geneva
2 October 2018 – 15:30 – 17:00
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The Willing World: Shaping and Sharing a Sustainable Global Prosperity
WTO Atrium, Geneva
3 October 2018 — 13:00-14:00

Privacy and Consumer Protection in the Age of Artificial Intelligence
WTO Room E, Geneva
4 October 2018 – 10:00 – 11:30
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Technology Enabled Services Trade: How to Make this Inclusive?
WTO Room D, Geneva
4 October 2018 – 14:00 – 15:30
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Electronic Commerce and Inclusiveness of Global Value Chains
WTO Room E, Geneva
4 October 2018 – 17:00 – 18:30
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Tuesday, 2 October 2018 - 9:00am to Thursday, 4 October 2018 - 6:30pm

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
24 August 2018

CGTN

CGTN reported on the "Dialogue on WTO Modernization Agenda" co-hosted by ICTSD and the Center for China and Globalization (CCG) in partnership with the China Institute for WTO Studies, University of International Business and Economics (UIBE).