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Wednesday, December 13 • 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Services Waiver: Maximising Benefits for the LDCs

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Services and service providers in the least-developed countries (LDC) face barriers in accessing developing and developed countries’ markets. These restrictions—mostly related to commercial presence and the movement of natural persons to provide services—notably come in the form of visa policies and non-recognition of qualifications. Movement of a person from an LDC to developed countries, which is one of the modes of services trade under the World Trade Organization (WTO), is the most restricted of all. To develop LDCs’ services sector, the 9th WTO Ministerial Conference granted a Services Waiver. In response to the collective waiver request submitted by the LDC Group on 21 July 2014, so far 23 developing and developed country members have offered concessions and preferences to the LDC members. The Waiver brings in challenges along with opportunities to the LDCs. There are ambiguities in the modality of implementation of the Waiver itself, and developed countries have not responded well to the LDC request. 

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Posh Raj Pandey

Executive Chairman, South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment (SAWTEE)
Dr. Pandey has more than 25 years of experiences working on issues of trade and development. He is the Chairman at SAWTEE, a consortium of South Asian NGOs working to build capacity of concerned stakeholders in the context of liberalisation and globalisation. He holds a PhD in economics.Dr... Read More →

Speakers
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Abhijit Das

Abhijit Das is a trade policy expert. He combines extensive experience of international trade negotiations with formulating, implementing and managing trade-related capacity building projects. Prior to joining the Centre for WTO Studies, he worked in UNCTAD India Programme during... Read More →
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Deepak Dhital

Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Nepal to the United Nations Office, Geneva, Government of Nepal
H.E. Deepak Dhital is Nepal’s Ambassador/Permanent Representative to the UN and Other International Organizations in Geneva since November 2014. After entering Nepalese Foreign Service in 1999, he has spent over two thirds of his time dealing with regional and multilateral affairs... Read More →
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Hadil Hijazi

Director, WTI Advisors
Hadil Hijazi is a Director of WTI Advisors Ltd. (Oxford/Geneva), a specialized provider of advisory services on trade law, economics and policy. She advises governments, international organisations, NGOs and others on trade and economic policy. Her practice focuses on trade policy... Read More →
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Mustafizur Rahman

Distinguished Fellow, Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD)
Professor Mustafizur Rahman is an economist by training. He is currently serving as Distinguished Fellow, Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), Dhaka, Bangladesh, prior to which he served as CPD’s Executive Director. Earlier Dr Rahman had taught in the University of Dhaka where he was... Read More →
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Pierre Sauvé

Senior Trade Specialist, World Bank Group
Trade and Development



Wednesday December 13, 2017 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Breakout Room 3 - Rivadavia

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