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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
Up to Standard – How to Master the Quality Infrastructure Challenge in International Trade

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The session focuses on the role of QI in promoting inclusive economic transformation in developing countries. The ability to participate in global trade depends on a well-functioning and reliable quality infrastructure (QI) system – consisting of standardization, metrology, testing, quality management, certification and accreditation. Yet, this basic support system is not always available or fully-functional in developing countries. Especially small producers and SMEs encounter severe barriers and either incur high costs and lengthy procedures to acquire the necessary services abroad or are prevented altogether from trading. The sessions will explore how partnerships and international cooperation in the area of quality infrastructure can support producers in complying with the increasing number of sustainability standards and technical regulations. Experiences from Latin America, among others, will enrich the debate.

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Pinar Artiran

WTO Chair, Director of the Research Center for International Trade Law and Arbitration, Istanbul Bilgi University
I am the WTO Chair Holder and the Director of the Research Center for International Trade Law and Arbitration at Istanbul Bilgi University. My work and research is related to the WTO Law and principles, in particular Regional Trade Agreements, Non-tariff barriers, GATS, Trade remedies... Read More →

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Alejandro Jara

Former Deputy Director General, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Chile to the WTO
Alejandro Jara was born in 1949 in Santiago, Chile. He obtained his law degree from the University of Chile in 1973. He pursued graduate studies at the Law School, University of California at Berkeley (1975–1976). In 1976, he joined the Foreign Service of Chile where he specialized... Read More →
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Héctor Laiz

Gerente de Metrología, Calidad y Ambiente, Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Industrial (INTI)
Héctor Laiz received the diploma in electrical engineering from the University of Buenos Aires in 1988 and the Doctorate Degree from the Technische Universität Braunschweig, Germany, in 1999. In 1989, he joined the INTI, the National Metrology Institute of Argentina, where he was... Read More →
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Andrei Mikhnev

Head, Trade and Competitiveness Middle East and North Africa, World Bank
Andrei Mikhnev has more than twenty years of international development experience focusing mostly on the private sector development. He worked in Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, Middle East and North Africa, Europe and Central Asia. He is now Head in the World Bank... Read More →
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Dominik Ziller

Director-General for International Development Policy, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Dominik Ziller heads the Directorate-General for International Development Policy at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. His responsibili¬ties include the European Union's development cooperation, the United Nations, the World Bank Group, the regional... Read More →
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Christopher Cortés Zúñiga

Quality Manager, LACOMET
Christopher Cortés Zúñiga is Quality Manager of the Laboratorio Costarricense de Metrología (LACOMET). Before that, he was advisor to the Minister of Transport of Costa Rica on issues of transport sector planning and quality management systems, and responsible for institutional... Read More →

Wednesday December 13, 2017 3:15pm - 4:45pm GMT-03
Theater - San Martin Bolsa de Cereales, Buenos Aires, Argentina