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The biennial Trade and Sustainable Development Symposium, organised by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) and held alongside the WTO ministerial conference for over a decade, is the leading multi-stakeholder platform for intellectual enquiry and dialogue on sustainable development and the global trade and investment system. It acts as an inclusive platform outside of the WTO negotiating setting for sharing ideas, engaging in dialogue, and influencing trade policy negotiations. Drawing in participants from government, business and civil society, the Symposium helps to maintain and elaborate a global vision of sustainable development in trade and investment policymaking.
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Tuesday, December 12 • 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Integrating Trade and Investment Policymaking - Lessons From RTAs

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In a globalised world increasingly dependent on global value chains, trade and investment flows have become more and more complementary and mutually reinforcing. To support new business realities, countries are having to deepen the content of trade agreements by addressing a broader set of policy areas, and by negotiating provisions which may fall outside of the WTO mandate. Investment is one such policy area- provisions are no longer mainly negotiated via bilateral investment treaties (BITs), though such agreements continue to proliferate; rather, investment is increasingly addressed through non-BIT international investment agreements, and integrated into regional trade agreements in chapter or provision form. This session aims to understand the main trends in terms of how countries are integrating trade and investment concerns, and whether there are any lessons which could be replicated by other regional actors, or at the multilateral level.

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Antoni Estevadeordal

Manager, Trade and Integration Sector, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)
Antoni Estevadeordal is the Manager of the Integration and Trade Sector of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). He has expertise in trade policy, economic integration and regional cooperation in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), Asia-Pacific and Europe. He coordinates IDB’s... Read More →

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H.E. Mr. Manuel Caldeira Cabral

Minister of Economy, Portugal
H.E. Mr Manuel Caldeira Cabral was born in Lisbon in 1968. He is a Member of the Socialist Party elected by Braga since October 2015; Professor of Economics at the University of Minho since 2004; Writes a biweekly column in Jornal de Negócios, since 2007. He represented the Socialist... Read More →
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Iza Lejárraga

Head of Unit and Senior Economist, Investment Division, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Iza Lejárraga is Head of Investment Policy Linkages Unit in the Investment Division of the Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs of the OECD, where she currently leads analytical work on trade and investment, regional trade agreements, connectivity, and inclusive growth... Read More →
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Douglas Lippoldt

Chief Trade Economist, HSBC Global Research, HSBC
Douglas Lippoldt is Chief Trade Economist in HSBC Global Research, based in London. He joined HSBC in August 2014 coming from the OECD in Paris where he worked for 22 years in various roles as a senior economist. Prior to that, he served seven years as an international economist with... Read More →
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Karl P. Sauvant

Resident Senior Fellow at Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI) and Senior Fellow at ICTSD
Karl P. Sauvant is Resident Senior Fellow, Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI), a joint center of Columbia Law School and the Earth Institute at Columbia University; ICTSD Senior Fellow – Investment; Lecturer-in-Law, Columbia Law School; Guest Professor, Nankai University... Read More →
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Dr. Huiyao (Henry) WANG

Founder and President, Center for China and Globalization (CCG)
Dr. Huiyao (Henry) WANG is the Founder and President of Center for China and Globalization (CCG), the largest independent think tank in China. Chinese Premier appointed him as a Counselor of China State Council. He is the Vice Chairman of China Western (Overseas) Re-turned Scholars... Read More →
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James Zhan

Senior Director, Investment and Enterprise, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
PhD in International Economics. Three decades of experience in the areas of trade, investment, technology, business facilitation and enterprise development, including directing policy research, multilateral consensus-building and technical assistance to over 160 governments. Led the... Read More →

Tuesday December 12, 2017 3:15pm - 4:45pm GMT-03
Breakout Room 2 - Sarmiento