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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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Monday, December 11 • 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Towards Inclusive and Sustainable Rules of Origin

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Regional trade agreements (RTAs) and particularly deep integration agreements concluded in recent years have increasingly allowed firms to operate within a networked global economy. On the other hand, however, RTAs also have also created limitations, not least through the use of strict rules of origin (RoO) which disincentivise the use of cheaper parts and materials from countries outside a particular trading block. By limiting the ability of firms to take part in value chains spreading across various RTAs, the diversity and complexity of RoO can therefore limit efficiency gains opportunities offered by globalisation. Strict and diverse sets of rules of origin may also prevent developing countries including least developed countries from fully benefiting from the enhanced market access granted through preferential schemes or negotiated under their RTAs. A possible solution could be pushing for the simplification and harmonisation of RoO, seizing on the momentum the issue has gained within the WTO after Bali and Nairobi as well as through the negotiations under way in the context of mega-regional agreements. The session will provide an overview of the most pressing issues concerning RoO with regard to their design, implementation, purpose, restrictiveness, and utilisation and will explore the most effective way to go in promoting the harmonisation and simplification of inclusive RoO, to be achieved through a cumulation scheme.

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Moderator
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Christophe Bellmann

Senior Resident Research Associate, ICTSD
Christophe BELLMANN is a Senior Resident Research Associate at ICTSD with more than 20 years of experience working on international trade negotiations and policy making from a sustainable development perspective. Mr. Bellmann joined ICTSD in 1998, first as Programme Officer for O... Read More →

Speakers
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Bernard Hoekman

Professor and Director, Global Economics at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute (EUI)
Bernard Hoekman is the Director of the research strand “Global Economics: Multilateral Cooperation and Policy Spillovers”. He has held various senior positions at the World Bank, including Director of the International Trade Department and Research Manager in the Development... Read More →
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Stefano Inama

Chief, UNCTAD
Stefano Inama is a Chief and trade lawyer at UNCTAD. For over 25 years Mr. Inama has been responsible for trade policy advise to Governments during the WTO negotiations and the implementation aspects of WTO agreements, as well as during negotiations of Free Trade Agreements such... Read More →
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Anna Jerzewska

Independent Consultant
Anna Jerzewska is a free trade agreements specialist with a combination of private sector, policy and academic experience. She currently works as a global trade and customs consultant in the private sector, advising clients across a number of industries on a wide range of global... Read More →
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Luis Felipe Quintero

Luis Felipe Quintero is a professional in the foreign trade sector, with more than 12 years participating in and leading Colombian trade negotiations and implementing international trade policy. He is a noted expert in Rules of Origin policy and negotiation and has conducted exte... Read More →
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Mustafizur Rahman

Distinguished Fellow, Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD)
Professor Mustafizur Rahman is an economist by training. He is currently serving as Distinguished Fellow, Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), Dhaka, Bangladesh, prior to which he served as CPD’s Executive Director. Earlier Dr Rahman had taught in the University of Dhaka where he... Read More →
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Gail Strickler

President of Global Trade, Brookfield Associates, LLC
Gail W. Strickler is the President of Global Trade for Brookfield Associates, LLC., a consulting group that helps organizations, governments and businesses develop and coordinate their global trade policy. Ms. Strickler served as the Assistant US Trade Representative for Textiles... Read More →




Monday December 11, 2017 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Breakout Room 2 - Sarmiento

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