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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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Tuesday, December 12 • 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Development and E-commerce: Rules and Cooperation Beyond Buenos Aires

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ICTSD Dialogue on Digital trade and Development. Placing the development dimension in the centre of the trade discussion. The actvity would focuss on the possible elements for a  development package in the context of e-commerce negotiations.Through the proposed dialogue, participants would be able to undertand the reasons behind the reluctance of some WTO to further engage in the area of ecommere, and identify possible solutions or alternatives to this issue.  In particular, how could a quid pro quo between obligations/commitments, and technical assistanse and capacity building operate in the field of ecommerce. In doing so, the experience under the Trade Facilitation Agreement and its "new deal" on development may be considered.

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Andrew Crosby

Managing Director, ICTSD
Andrew Crosby is part of ICTSD's Senior Management team and leads ICTSD’s substantive work on the new economy (digital, services, innovation) and implications for sustainable development. He contributes to ICTSD's work on global governance, G20 and emerging economies, and has previously... Read More →
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Felipe Sandoval

Senior Advisor, Trade Law and Negotiations, ICTSD
Felipe is now ICTSD's Senior Advisor, Trade Law and Negotiations, having previously been a Lead Negotiator Trade in Services Agreement – TISA 2012-2017. In this capacity, Mr. Sandoval coordinated Chile´s team on a variety of topics ranging from electronic commerce financial services... Read More →

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Alvaro Cedeño

Ambassador to the WTO, Permanent Misison of Costa Rica to the WTO
Álvaro Cedeño Molinari was appointed Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Costa Rica to the WTO on February 2015. Among his responsibilities he holds his country’s representation at the OECD, in Paris, France, during the current process of accession to the membership.Previously... Read More →
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Felipe Hees

Counselor, Mission of Brazil to the WTO
Felipe Hees is a Brazilian diplomat with a strong background in trade negotiations. He holds a Ph.D. in Brazilian History from the University of Brasília, Brazil, and a Master?s degree in Economics from the University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil. For professional reasons, wrote... Read More →
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Constance Chidiogor Ikokwu

Communications Director to the Minister, Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment Nigeria
Constance Chidiogor Ikokwu is an accomplished Journalist, Analyst and Communications Strategist. She is the Strategy and Communications Adviser at the Nigerian Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment. She previously held the same position at the Ministry of Finance     Her... Read More →
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Marion Jansen

Chief Economist, International Trade Centre
Marion Jansen is the Chief Economist of the International Trade Centre (ITC), responsible for ITC’s flagship publication “SME Competitiveness Outlook” and the institution’s recent publications on e-commerce. She also oversees ITC’s work on export strategies. Marion previously... Read More →
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Pierre Sauvé

Senior Trade Specialist, World Bank Group
Trade and Development
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Hong Song

Senior Fellow, Assistant Director General, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences(CASS), Institute of World Economics and Politics(IWEP).
Dr. Hong Song is Assistant director and Senior Fellow of Institute of World Economics and Politics (IWEP), Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS). He also teaches as a Professor at the Gradual School of CASS. He was awarded as an “Expert of the New Century”by Chinese Ministry... Read More →
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Kati Suominen

Founder & CEO, Nextrade Group
Founder & CEO of Nextrade Group, a data and research company that helps governments and Fortune 500s optimize public policies and investments in trade and ecommerce worldwide; Founder of TradeUp Capital Fund, a growth capital platform for globalizing tech companies acquired by Nextrade... Read More →

Tuesday December 12, 2017 3:15pm - 4:45pm GMT-03
Breakout Room 1 - Belgrano