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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 • 3:15pm - 4:45pm
The Future of Global Trade Governance

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This panel will reflect on an ongoing project that brings together a group of experienced trade policy practitioners to reflect on the implications for the trading system of recent trade and trade policy developments. These include the "globalisation backlash," rising pressures for protectionism in a number of countries and discontent with trade agreements, and the difficulties encountered in recent multilateral, "mega-regional" and plurilateral trade negotiations. The panel specifically will focus on issues regarding whether the WTO's modus operandi is fit for purpose for key stakeholders (emerging economies, businesses, voters) and how reform could strengthen this. It will therefore cover the ability of the trading system to respond to the present pressures and already existing practices within the framework that might point to a path forward. The session will draww on recent and ongoing work that is being undertaken by several of the panellists. The aim is to identify options for WTO members to leverage existing institutional mechanisms.

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Taeho Bark

President, Lee&Ko Global Commerce Institute and Former Minister for Trade
Taeho Bark is currently President of Lee&Ko Global Commerce Institute and Professor Emeritus of Seoul National University. Professor Bark served Minister for Trade of the Korean government (2011-2013). Dr. Bark was also in the race for the DG position of the WTO. He served the Chairman... Read More →
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Carlos A. Primo Braga

Professor, Fundacao Dom Cabral
Carlos A. Primo Braga is an Adjunct Professor, Fundação Dom Cabral, Brazil. He is also a Visiting Professor at IMD, Switzerland.  He was Professor of International Political Economy at IMD and Director of the Evian Group (2012-15). Before that he was the Special Representative... Read More →
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Andreas Esche

Director Program Shaping Sustainable Economies, Bertelsmann Stiftung
Andreas Esche is Director of the Shaping Sustainable Economies Program and Member of the Management Committee at the Bertelsmann Stiftung in Gütersloh. He joined the Bertelsmann Stiftung in 1996 and was responsible for the Economics and Social Policy department. He then headed the... Read More →
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Bernard Hoekman

Professor and Director, Global Economics at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute (EUI)
Bernard Hoekman is the Director of the research strand “Global Economics: Multilateral Cooperation and Policy Spillovers”. He has held various senior positions at the World Bank, including Director of the International Trade Department and Research Manager in the Development Research... Read More →
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Douglas Lippoldt

Chief Trade Economist, HSBC Global Research, HSBC
Douglas Lippoldt is Chief Trade Economist in HSBC Global Research, based in London. He joined HSBC in August 2014 coming from the OECD in Paris where he worked for 22 years in various roles as a senior economist. Prior to that, he served seven years as an international economist with... Read More →
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Hector Torres

Executive Director, Centre for International Governance Innovation
Hector Torres, former Executive Director at the International Monetary Fund. He served at the IMF’s Executive Board for two different constituencies of Fund Members. Twice for the constituency led by his own country (Argentina 2004-2008 and 2016- 2017) and once for that led by Brazil... Read More →

Wednesday December 13, 2017 3:15pm - 4:45pm GMT-03
Breakout Room 3 - Rivadavia