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Wednesday, December 13 • 10:45am - 12:15pm
E-commerce: Maximising Benefits Through Regional and Multilateral Rules

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The Internet has revolutionised communication, information, and innovation, opening up new areas for economic growth, prospects for employment and opportunities for participation in global markets by individuals, small and medium-sized enterprises, and businesses all around the globe. In the run-up to Eleventh WTO Ministerial Conference (MC11), convergence has emerged across proposals with regard to the development potential of e-commerce, and the need for an enabling environment to ensure inclusive growth. As WTO members explore options to advance a discussion on e-commerce in the WTO, regional trade agreements (RTAs) that already include rules for digital trade can provide valuable lessons and key precedents to build upon. The session seeks to provide information and analysis on the most recent developments in the area of e-commerce rulemaking under RTAs, and contrast those against the scope and nature of the current efforts under the WTO. In addition, this session seeks to identify gaps in e-commerce rulemaking between the WTO and RTAs and to bring forward possible measures to address this challenge.

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Ady Beitler

Integration and Trade Senior Specialist, Inter-American Development Bank
Ady is an Integration and Trade Senior Specialist at the Inter-American Development Bank, where he leads technology-based projects in trade facilitation, such as ConnectAmericas.com and the Argentine Trade Single Window. Ady also coordinates the Americas Business Dialogue’s Digital... Read More →

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Julian Braithwaite

Ambassador / UK Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva, UK Mission to the WTO
Julian Braithwaite is the UK’s Permanent Representative to the UN and other International Organisations in Geneva including the WTO. Mr Braithwaite joined the FCO in 1994. He spent much of his early career dealing with the conflicts in the former Yugoslavia, first in the FCO during... Read More →
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Jake Colvin

Executive Director, Global Innovation Forum
As Vice President for Global Trade and Innovation at the National Foreign Trade Council, Jake drives key advocacy initiatives around digital trade, innovation and the environment and the Council's engagement in trade bodies including the WTO and APEC. As Executive Director of NFTC's... Read More →
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Ibrahima Nour Eddine Diagne

Managing Director, GAINDE 2000
M. DIAGNE Ibrahima Nour Eddine is currently the Managing Director of GAINDE 2000 and Rapporter for Africa of United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UNCEFACT). M. DIAGNE have more than 20 years in experience on trade facilitation and paperless trade... Read More →
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Deborah Elms

Executive Director, Asian Trade Centre
The Asian Trade Centre works with governments and companies to design better trade policies for the region. Dr. Elms sits on the International Technical Advisory Committee of the Global Trade Professionals Alliance and is Chair of the Working Group on Trade Policy and Law. She is... Read More →
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Felipe Henriquez

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Chile
Felipe Henríquez is a lawyer who graduated from the Universidad de Concepción. He is currently working in the Departamento Servicios, Inversiones y Transporte Aéreo (SERINTA, Services, Investment and Air Transport Department) where he has been responsible for the negotiations related... Read More →
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Amy Porges

Principal, Porges Trade Law PLLC
Amy Porges advises companies, governments and trade associations on how to use WTO law, trade agreements and investment rules to solve complex market access problems.  She represents governments and stakeholders in negotiations and litigation in the WTO and free trade agreements... Read More →
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Mark Wu

Assistant Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
Mark Wu is an Assistant Professor at Harvard Law School, where he teaches international trade and international economic law. He serves as a Faculty Co-Director of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. He works with a number of organizations on trade-related... Read More →

Wednesday December 13, 2017 10:45am - 12:15pm GMT-03
Breakout Room 1 - Belgrano