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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 • 12:25pm - 1:20pm
Plenary: Latin American Challenges in the New Global Economy

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Latin America has gone global. The rapid transition towards a digital economy, the densification of global value chains, and the ever-increasing trade flows, both among Latin American countries and between them and the rest of the world, bring opportunities but also demand improved and accelerated preparation from governments and business sectors alike.

Small and medium-sized enterprises require thoughtful governmental action to better integrate into the new economy. Access to modern infrastructure and effective financing have a significant impact on the development of new business with export potential. On a continent where 70 percent of the labour force, but only 30 percent of its GDP comes from small and medium-sized enterprises, sound regulatory frameworks play a key role in creating appropriate conditions that facilitate engagement in the global economy.

Latin America has a historic opportunity to take a leap forward. Her natural wealth, combined market size, and vocation for integration make her an attractive business partner, particularly for Southeast Asia and Europe, despite her traditional ties with North America.

This high-level plenary will allow top policymakers and business with a particular interest in Latin America to share their views, confront their opinions, and work on common approaches towards the participation of Latin America in the new global economy in a trajectory coherent with the vision embodied in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The discussions will surround the orientation of Latin America in the context of globalisation, whether as a mere spectator or assuming a role as a creative and progressive player. 

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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 Science... Read More →
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Elida Bustos

Managing Editor of Latin Trade Group
Elida Bustos. Journalist, MA in International Relations, Flacso. Managing editor at Latin Trade magazine since 2011. Previously have led the Spanish language service at Bloomberg News (2000-2010) and was editor in the Spanish desk at Reuters for seven years. My background in journalism... Read More →
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Alicia Bárcena

Executive Secretary, UNECLAC
Alicia Bárcena is the Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) where she previously held the positions of Deputy Executive Secretary and Director of the Environment and Human Settlements Division. Prior to her time in ECLAC, Alicia... Read More →
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Julia Pomares

Executive Director, Centro de Implementación de Políticas Públicas para la Equidad y el Crecimiento (CIPPEC)
Julia Pomares is Executive Director of the Center for the Implementation of Public Policies for Equity and Growth (CIPPEC) since 2015. She previously served as Director of the Program of Political Institutions of CIPPEC, where she focused her research on the conditions of political... Read More →
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Shunko Rojas

Undersecretary of Foreign Trade, Ministry of Production of Argentina
Es abogado de la Universidad de Buenos Aires y Doctor en Derecho de la Universidad de Harvard. Realizó una Maestría en política internacional en la London School of Economics and Political Sciences (LSE). Desde el BID lideró la creación del Diálogo Empresarial de las Américas... Read More →
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Sean Summers

Regional Vice President, Mercado Libre
Sean Summers, Regional Vice President at Mercado Libre, is responsible for the Marketplace Business Unit in LatAm and leads the Marketing, Sales and Product teams.   He joined Mercado Libre in 2012 to hold this position.   Before joining Mercado Libre, Sean worked in the United... Read More →

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Alejandra Gallo

Alejandra Gallo es periodista, Lic. En Ciencias de la Comunicación (UBA), Magister en Periodismo de la Universidad de San Andrés, Grupo Clarín y Universidad de Columbia. Trabajó en las redacciones de los diarios Tiempo Argentino (’80), Extra, El Cronista Comercial y Clarín... Read More →

Wednesday December 13, 2017 12:25pm - 1:20pm GMT-03
Theater - San Martin Bolsa de Cereales, Buenos Aires, Argentina