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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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Wednesday, December 13 • 10:45am - 12:15pm
Agricultural Trade, Employment and Poverty Reduction: Experiences from Latin America and the Caribbean Region

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The elimination of poverty and the promotion of inclusive economic growth are among the key goals of Agenda 2030, wherein trade is recognized as one of the “means of implementation” for achieving the goals. With the agriculture sector accounting for over 70% of employment and 30% of GDP in the poorest countries of the world, trade in agro-food products has the potential to significantly impact rural employment, incomes and poverty, and thus, the achievement of these goals.
This session aims to discuss the linkages between trade, employment and poverty reduction in the Latin America and the Caribbean region, where some countries are major exporters of agricultural commodities to world markets, while for others food imports remain important. In particular, the focus will be on:
• The role of agricultural support and social protection policies: agriculture is often among the most sensitive sectors in countries at all levels of development. Therefore, market incentives in agriculture are often influenced by agricultural support and trade policy measures, which affect the levels of production and trade of agro-food products, and ultimately, the economic activities through which people derive their livelihoods. Complimentary policies such as social protection and labour market measures are also important determinants of the employment and incomes.  
• Implications of the globalization of agricultural value chains: with production processes increasingly fragmented and reorganized across different countries, trade is increasingly taking place within firms or as part of supply chains organized by lead firms. In this setting, standards (both public and private) in end markets, along with the level of competition along these value chains become important determinants of labour market outcomes and levels of poverty.    
Following a brief introduction by the moderator, the panelists will be asked to address these key issues through a series of guiding questions.

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Georgios Mermigkas

Economist, Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations
Georgios joined the FAO Trade and Markets Division in May 2016, as a member of the trade team, dealing with issues related to trade and food security and trade agreements. He has previously worked for the FAO Geneva Office as a trade and food security officer, monitoring the WTO negotiations as well as international policy developments in Geneva related to the mandate and the objectives of FAO. Before that, he served the Greek administration both in Athens, working for the Ministry of Rural Development and Food and in Geneva, working for the Greek Permanent Mission. Additionally, he has supported the Cyprus Presidency of the EU as a trade officer at the Permanent Mission of Cyprus in Geneva. He is involved in the implementation of the FAO capacity development activities in Eastern and Southern Africa focusing on efforts to align policy-making processes related to trade and... Read More →

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Julio Berdegué

Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Latin America and the Caribbean, Food and Agriculture Organization
Dr. Julio A. Berdegué is FAO Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Latin America and theCaribbean since the 22nd of April 2017.Dr. Berdegué, a national of Mexico, holds a Ph.D. in Social Science from Wageningen University, TheNetherlands, and a Master of Sc... Read More →
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Eugenio Diaz-Bonilla

Senior Research Fellow, Head of Latin America and Caribbean Programme, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
 Dr. Eugenio Díaz-Bonilla holds a Master of Arts in Economics and a Ph.D. in Economics obtained from the Department of Economics at The Johns Hopkins University. He has been a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute since april 2012, focusing on macroeconomic and trade issues related to food security and poverty at the global level and for Latin America and the Caribbean. Washington D.C... Read More →
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Ekaterina Krivonos

Economist, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Ekaterina Krivonos leads the work of the Trade Team in the Trade and Markets Division of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Rome, Italy. Her experience is focused on analyzing trade policy issues in relation to agricultural markets and food secur... Read More →
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Matthew Wilson

Chief Advisor and Chief of Staff, International Trade Centre (ITC)
Matthew Wilson is the Chief Advisor and Chief of Staff to Arancha González the Executive Director of the International Trade Centre. Prior to this he served in the Cabinet of Pascal Lamy, Director-General of the WTO where he was responsible for development issues. He was Deputy... Read More →

Wednesday December 13, 2017 10:45am - 12:15pm
Theater - San Martin Bolsa de Cereales, Buenos Aires, Argentina

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