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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 a Smooth Transition from the German to the Argentinian G20 Presidencies

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Trade policy has emerged as one of the most contested policy fields during Germany’s G20 presidency. Given the recent spat on trade between the US and a number of G20 countries including the German chair the respective section in the communiqué of the Hamburg Summit is surprisingly strong emphasising the importance of a rules-based international trading system including effective rules’ enforcement within the World Trade Organization. The G20, furthermore, commits to promote social and environmental standards and human rights in global value chains. Reading between the lines, though, some differences are still visible. For example, the G20 in Hamburg commits to “fight protectionism including all unfair trade practices” while recognising “legitimate trade defence instruments”. Against this background, this panel discussion reflects on the outcomes of the Hamburg Summit, its implications for the MC11 in Buenos Aires and Argentina’s G20 presidency.

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Moderator
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Axel Berger

Senior Researcher, German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)
Dr. Axel Berger is a researcher at the German Development Institute (Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik, DIE), Department for World Economy and Development Finance, Bonn. He holds a doctorate in political science from the University of Duisburg-Essen and a Master degree from... Read More →

Speakers
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Cristian Rodriguez Chiffelle

Head of Trade and Investment Policy, World Economic Forum
Cristián Rodríguez Chiffelle is Head of Trade and Investment Policy and a Global Leadership Fellow at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Geneva. In this capacity, he leads a policy team working globally on issues such as international investment, digital trade, global value chains... Read More →
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Simon Evenett

Professor, University of St. Gallen
Simon J. Evenett is Professor of International Trade and Economic Development, and for the past 5 years has also been Academic Director of the MBA, at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. He is also the coordinator of the independent trade policy watchdog Global Trade Alert... Read More →
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Moira Feil

Senior Policy Officer, German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development
Dr. Moira Feil is a Senior Policy Officer at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, where she has specialised in strategic multilateral develpoment policy since 2011. Responsible for sustainable development in the G7 and G20 team, her successes include... Read More →
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Félix Peña

Director, Institute of International Trade, ICBC Foundation
Félix Peña is a specialist in international economic relations, international commercial law and economic integration. He held positions at INTAL, the IDB, the Argentine Ministry of Foreign Affairs and he was also Undersecretary of Foreign Trade at the Ministry of Economy of Argentina. He... 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 →



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

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