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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 • 5:00pm - 6:30pm
New Industrial Policy in the 21st Century

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Ten years on from the financial crisis, countries continue to seek out levers to reinvigorate dynamic growth and sustainable development. Many are increasingly re-examining the use of industrial policies as a means to promote industrial growth, diversification and structural transformation, to build toward a more resilient economy. This session seeks to review how industrial policies have evolved in light of recent changes in the global economy, technology, and trade and investment patterns; and to determine whether existing international trade and investment systems provides adequate policy space for countries to achieve their sustainable development objectives, whilst facilitating 21st century international patterns of production.

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Ricardo Meléndez-Ortiz

Chief Executive, International Center for Trade and Sustainable Development
Ricardo MELÉNDEZ-ORTIZ (@RMelendezOrtiz) is co-founder of ICTSD and has been its Chief Executive since 1996. Previously, he co-founded and was General Director of Fundación Futuro Latinoamericano (Quito). He has represented Colombia as a negotiator in several multilateral fora, including as permanent delegate of Colombia... Read More →

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Mario Cimoli

Deputy Executive Secretary a. i., UN ECLAC
Mario Cimoli is Deputy Executive Secretary a. i. of the United Nations’ Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). In 2004, he was appointed co-director (with Giovanni Dosi and Joseph Stiglitz) of two task forces: Industrial Policy and Intellectual Property... Read More →
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Daniel Gomez Gaviria

Senior Economist, World Bank
Daniel Gómez is Senior Economist in the trade and competitiveness LAC team. Based in Buenos Aires, he is the focal point for trade and competitiveness work in the Southern Cone (Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay). Daniel has experience in competitiveness; productive development policy... Read More →
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Rebecca Liao

VP of Business Development and Strategy, Skuchain
Rebecca Liao is VP of Business Development and Strategy at Skuchain, a blockchain platform that provides an end-to-end solution for the supply chain. She is also a writer and China analyst. She was a member of Secretary Clinton’s foreign policy team for her 2016 presidential campaign, responsible for Asia trade and economic policy. Rebecca was... Read More →
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Jingxia Shi

Dean, School of Law, China University of International, Business & Economics (UIBE)
Jingxia Shi is Dean at China University of International Business & Economics (UIBE) Law School; Director, UIBE International Law Institute (ILI) and UIBE Research Center for Unification of Commercial Law (RCUCL). Focuses on international economic law, particularly, WTO law on trade... Read More →
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Colette van der Ven

Associate, International Trade, Sidley Austin LLP
Colette van der Ven is an associate specialized in international trade at Sidley Austin’s s Geneva office. counsels and represents clients on all aspects of international trade law with a particular focus on WTO law and WTO dispute settlement. Specifically, Colette represents clients... Read More →
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Gustavo Zentner

President, InterPOC - International Point of Commerce
Gustavo works with export companies and those entering into global markets. He coordinates trade information, market intelligence, and provides senior level executive coaching and advice to company owners.  He is an advisor to government economic development agencies to foster discussion... Read More →

Monday December 11, 2017 5:00pm - 6:30pm GMT-03
Breakout Room 1 - Belgrano