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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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RTA Exchange - Constructing Better Agreements for Sustainable Development [clear filter]
Monday, December 11
 

3:15pm

Towards Inclusive and Sustainable Rules of Origin
Regional trade agreements (RTAs) and particularly deep integration agreements concluded in recent years have increasingly allowed firms to operate within a networked global economy. On the other hand, however, RTAs also have also created limitations, not least through the use of strict rules of origin (RoO) which disincentivise the use of cheaper parts and materials from countries outside a particular trading block. By limiting the ability of firms to take part in value chains spreading across various RTAs, the diversity and complexity of RoO can therefore limit efficiency gains opportunities offered by globalisation. Strict and diverse sets of rules of origin may also prevent developing countries including least developed countries from fully benefiting from the enhanced market access granted through preferential schemes or negotiated under their RTAs. A possible solution could be pushing for the simplification and harmonisation of RoO, seizing on the momentum the issue has gained within the WTO after Bali and Nairobi as well as through the negotiations under way in the context of mega-regional agreements. The session will provide an overview of the most pressing issues concerning RoO with regard to their design, implementation, purpose, restrictiveness, and utilisation and will explore the most effective way to go in promoting the harmonisation and simplification of inclusive RoO, to be achieved through a cumulation scheme.

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Moderator
avatar for Christophe Bellmann

Christophe Bellmann

Senior Resident Research Associate, ICTSD
Christophe BELLMANN is a Senior Resident Research Associate at ICTSD with more than 20 years of experience working on international trade negotiations and policy making from a sustainable development perspective. Mr. Bellmann joined ICTSD in 1998, first as Programme Officer for Outreach... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Stefano Inama

Stefano Inama

Chief, UNCTAD
Stefano Inama is a Chief and trade lawyer at UNCTAD. For over 25 years Mr. Inama has been responsible for trade policy advise to Governments during the WTO negotiations and the implementation aspects of WTO agreements, as well as during negotiations of Free Trade Agreements such as... Read More →
avatar for Anna Jerzewska

Anna Jerzewska

Independent Consultant
Anna Jerzewska is a free trade agreements specialist with a combination of private sector, policy and academic experience. She currently works as a global trade and customs consultant in the private sector, advising clients across a number of industries on a wide range of global trade... Read More →
avatar for Luis Felipe Quintero

Luis Felipe Quintero

Luis Felipe Quintero is a professional in the foreign trade sector, with more than 12 years participating in and leading Colombian trade negotiations and implementing international trade policy. He is a noted expert in Rules of Origin policy and negotiation and has conducted extensive... Read More →
avatar for Mustafizur Rahman

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 →
avatar for Gail Strickler

Gail Strickler

President of Global Trade, Brookfield Associates, LLC
Gail W. Strickler is the President of Global Trade for Brookfield Associates, LLC., a consulting group that helps organizations, governments and businesses develop and coordinate their global trade policy. Ms. Strickler served as the Assistant US Trade Representative for Textiles... Read More →




Monday December 11, 2017 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Breakout Room 2 - Sarmiento

5:00pm

Advancing Environmental and Labour Priorities Through Trade Agreements
The development and implementation of provisions related to sustainable development has recently emerged as a two-speed process: while limited progress is being observed at the WTO-level, several bilateral and regional trade agreements have been increasingly featuring a wide variety of measures, including regulatory commitments, labour- and environment-related instruments, and cooperation mechanisms. This session seeks to explore how sustainability concerns, in particular labour and environmental provisions, are incorporated in regional trade agreements (and mega-regionals) and what benefits and challenges arise from these provisions. Additionally, the session tries to identify suitable provisions that could be multilateralised or at least adapted to further the discussion at the multilateral level (i.e. WTO or other international fora).

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Moderator
avatar for Dr. Gustavo Beliz

Dr. Gustavo Beliz

Director, Institute for the Integration of Latin America and the Caribbean (INTAL)
Lawyer from the University of Buenos Aires with postgraduate studies in the London School of Economics (LSE), United Kingdom. Current Director of the Institute for the Integration of Latin America and the Caribbean (INTAL) of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), with focus on... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Axel Berger

Axel Berger

Senior Researcher, German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)
Dr. Axel Berger is a researcher at the German Development Institute (Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik, DIE), Department for World Economy and Development Finance, Bonn. He holds a doctorate in political science from the University of Duisburg-Essen and a Master degree from... Read More →
avatar for Peter Draper

Peter Draper

Managing Director, Tutwa Consulting Group
Peter Draper is Managing Director at TUTWA Consulting Group, which specialises in policy and regulatory analysis, international business expansion advisory, and corporate public affairs advisory, in Southern African and emerging markets. In South Africa, he is also Senior Research... Read More →
avatar for Pablo Arturo Lazo Grandi

Pablo Arturo Lazo Grandi

Labour Attaché, Chilean Mission to the International Organizations in Geneva
Pablo Lazo-Grandi is a Chilean Lawyer, who recently chaired the revision of the ILO Tripartite Declaration on EMNs, is also member of the ILO’s Advisory Committee on the workers’ rights in globalized economies and has been a Senior Advisor to the Chilean Director General of International... Read More →
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Mathias Kende

Deputy Trade Policy Committee, Directorate General European Affairs, Belgian Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs
avatar for Gail Strickler

Gail Strickler

President of Global Trade, Brookfield Associates, LLC
Gail W. Strickler is the President of Global Trade for Brookfield Associates, LLC., a consulting group that helps organizations, governments and businesses develop and coordinate their global trade policy. Ms. Strickler served as the Assistant US Trade Representative for Textiles... Read More →
avatar for Madelaine Tuininga

Madelaine Tuininga

Head of Unit for Trade and Sustainable Development, DG Trade, European Commission
Madelaine Tuininga works for the Directorate-General for Trade of the European Commission since 1998. Since 2016, she is head of unit of the unit in DG Trade responsible for trade and sustainable development. The unit covers a broad area of topics, including trade aspects of labour... Read More →
avatar for Peter Waldorff

Peter Waldorff

Adviser, LO - The Danish Trade Union Confederation
Peter Waldorff, born 1955, is a Danish citizen. He has taken up a broad range of functions within the trade union movement. With a background in public services at the Municipality Lyngby-Taarbaek outside Copenhagen at the age of 25 he started working for the trade union HK Denmark... Read More →



Monday December 11, 2017 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Breakout Room 2 - Sarmiento

6:30pm

TSDS Welcoming Session

Keynote speech delivered by H.E. Mr Jorge Faurie, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship of Argentina, on “Argentina in the global economy, the WTO MC11 and the G20”.

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Speakers
avatar for Miguel Braun

Miguel Braun

Secretary of Commerce of Argentina
Miguel Braun is Secretary of Commerce of Argentina since December 10, 2015. Before taking this responsibility, Mr. Braun was Executive Director of the Pensar Foundation, the think-tank of Pro, the political party founded by President Mauricio Macri. He was a board member of Banco... Read More →
avatar for Raúl Cavallo

Raúl Cavallo

President, Bolsa de Cereales
1996 – 2001 Vicepresidente 2º de la Bolsa de Cereales 2001 – 2002 Presidente de la Bolsa de Cereales 2004 – 2009 Consejero Titular 2015 -  Abril’17 Tesorero Abril’17 – Agosto’17 -Vicepresidente 1º Agosto’17 hasta la actualidad  – Presidente de la Bolsa de... Read More →
avatar for Antoni Estevadeordal

Antoni Estevadeordal

Manager, Trade and Integration Sector, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)
Antoni Estevadeordal is the Manager of the Integration and Trade Sector of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). He has expertise in trade policy, economic integration and regional cooperation in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), Asia-Pacific and Europe. He coordinates IDB’s... Read More →
avatar for Jorge Faurie

Jorge Faurie

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Workship
Embajador - Embajador de la República Argentina en Francia – 2015-2017Secretaría de Coordinación y Cooperación Internacional – 2014-2015Embajador - Dirección General de Asuntos Culturales – 2013Embajador - Embajada Argentina en la República Portuguesa – 2002-2012Secretario... Read More →
avatar for Marcos Hermansson

Marcos Hermansson

President, Mercado a Término de Buenos Aires S.A
Mr. Marcos A. Hermansson serves as President of the Board at Mercado A Termino De Buenos Aires S.A.
avatar for José María Lladós

José María Lladós

Executive Director, Consejo Argentino para las Relaciones Internacionales
Lawyer (University of Buenos Aires) and Magister in International Relations (SAIS, Washington D.C). Executive Director of the Argentine Council for International Relations, CARI. He is former Secretary of Defense Production and former Secretary of Strategic Planing, both at the Ministry... Read More →
avatar for Jorge Mandelbaum

Jorge Mandelbaum

Presidente del Consejo de Administración del Centro de Implementación de Políticas Públicas para la Equidad y el Crecimiento (CIPPEC)
Jorge Mandelbaum is President of CIPPEC (Center for the Implementation of Public Policy), the most prestigious, independent and non-partisan think tank in Argentina. CIPPEC focuses on issues in education, health, fiscal policy, justice and transparency, and was ranked by the University... Read More →

Facilitator
avatar for Ricardo Meléndez-Ortiz

Ricardo Meléndez-Ortiz

Chief Executive, International Center for Trade and Sustainable Development
Ricardo MELÉNDEZ-ORTIZ (@RMelendezOrtiz) is co-founder of ICTSD and has been its Chief Executive since 1996. Previously, he co-founded and was General Director of Fundación Futuro Latinoamericano (Quito). He has represented Colombia as a negotiator in several multilateral fora, including as permanent delegate of Colombia... Read More →



Monday December 11, 2017 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Trading Room
 
Tuesday, December 12
 

3:15pm

Enforceability of Trade and Investment Rules That Support Sustainability: The Case of Dispute Settlement Mechanisms
Dispute settlement provisions are an essential enforcement element of regional trade agreements (RTAs). In light of the different paces of rule-making at the multilateral level and regional level, dispute settlement mechanisms (DSMs) under RTAs are likely to become increasingly relevant in the future as litigious fora for addressing trade differences among trading partners, particularly with respect to WTO-extra obligations. However, the use of RTA DSMs has been fairly limited – a phenomenon that may be explained by political, cultural and technical factors, as well as case-specific elements. This session seeks to identify the reasons behind the limited use of regional DSMs, and discusses systemic options for enforcing trade and investment rules that support sustainability. Additionally, the session seeks to explore possibilities for convergence and coherence-building between RTAs and the multilateral trading system in the area of dispute settlement.

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Moderator
avatar for Alejandro Jara

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 →

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Ratton Sanchez Badin

Michelle Ratton Sanchez Badin

Associate professor, FGV School of Law
Professor Michelle Ratton-Sanchez is Pontes Consultant in Brazil. Currently a professor at the Law School of Getulio Vargas Foundation (DireitoGV/ FGV-EDESP), in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and researcher at the Brazilian Center for Analysis and Research (CEBRAP), for the project entitled... Read More →
avatar for Henry Gao

Henry Gao

Associate Professor of Law, Singapore Management University
Associate Professor of Law, Singapore Management University; Dongfang Scholar Chair Professor, Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade; Advisory board, WTO Chairs Program. Former: Deputy Director, East Asian International Economic Law and Policy Program, University of Hong Kong; Law Instructor... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Hillman

Jennifer Hillman

Professor of International Law, Georgetown Law School
Jennifer Hillman is a professor of international law at Georgetown Law School in Washington DC, teaching and writing about international trade, investment and economic law. She has had a distinguished career in public service, having served as a member of the WTO Appellate Body, as... Read More →
avatar for Joost Pauwelyn

Joost Pauwelyn

Professor of International Law, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies
Joost Pauwelyn is Professor of International Law at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva and Co-Director of the Institute’s Centre for Trade and Economic Integration. He is also the Murase Visiting Professor of Law at Georgetown Law Center in... Read More →
avatar for Amy Porges

Amy Porges

Principal, Porges Trade Law PLLC
Amy Porges advises companies, governments and trade associations on how to use WTO law, trade agreements and investment rules to solve complex market access problems.  She represents governments and stakeholders in negotiations and litigation in the WTO and free trade agreements... Read More →
avatar for Geraldo Vidigal

Geraldo Vidigal

Assistant Professor, University of Amsterdam
Geraldo Vidigal is Assistant Professor in Public International Law and International Trade Law at the University of Amsterdam. He received his PhD in International Law from the University of Cambridge and has worked as a Dispute Settlement Lawyer at the WTO Legal Affairs Division... Read More →



Tuesday December 12, 2017 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Theater - San Martin Bolsa de Cereales, Buenos Aires, Argentina

3:15pm

Integrating Trade and Investment Policymaking - Lessons From RTAs
In a globalised world increasingly dependent on global value chains, trade and investment flows have become more and more complementary and mutually reinforcing. To support new business realities, countries are having to deepen the content of trade agreements by addressing a broader set of policy areas, and by negotiating provisions which may fall outside of the WTO mandate. Investment is one such policy area- provisions are no longer mainly negotiated via bilateral investment treaties (BITs), though such agreements continue to proliferate; rather, investment is increasingly addressed through non-BIT international investment agreements, and integrated into regional trade agreements in chapter or provision form. This session aims to understand the main trends in terms of how countries are integrating trade and investment concerns, and whether there are any lessons which could be replicated by other regional actors, or at the multilateral level.

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Moderator
avatar for Antoni Estevadeordal

Antoni Estevadeordal

Manager, Trade and Integration Sector, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)
Antoni Estevadeordal is the Manager of the Integration and Trade Sector of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). He has expertise in trade policy, economic integration and regional cooperation in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), Asia-Pacific and Europe. He coordinates IDB’s... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for H.E. Mr. Manuel Caldeira Cabral

H.E. Mr. Manuel Caldeira Cabral

Minister of Economy, Portugal
H.E. Mr Manuel Caldeira Cabral was born in Lisbon in 1968. He is a Member of the Socialist Party elected by Braga since October 2015; Professor of Economics at the University of Minho since 2004; Writes a biweekly column in Jornal de Negócios, since 2007. He represented the Socialist... Read More →
avatar for Iza Lejárraga

Iza Lejárraga

Head of Unit and Senior Economist, Investment Division, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Iza Lejárraga is Head of Investment Policy Linkages Unit in the Investment Division of the Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs of the OECD, where she currently leads analytical work on trade and investment, regional trade agreements, connectivity, and inclusive growth... Read More →
avatar for Douglas Lippoldt

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 →
avatar for Karl P. Sauvant

Karl P. Sauvant

Resident Senior Fellow at Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI) and Senior Fellow at ICTSD
Karl P. Sauvant is Resident Senior Fellow, Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI), a joint center of Columbia Law School and the Earth Institute at Columbia University; ICTSD Senior Fellow – Investment; Lecturer-in-Law, Columbia Law School; Guest Professor, Nankai University... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Huiyao (Henry) WANG

Dr. Huiyao (Henry) WANG

Founder and President, Center for China and Globalization (CCG)
Dr. Huiyao (Henry) WANG is the Founder and President of Center for China and Globalization (CCG), the largest independent think tank in China. Chinese Premier appointed him as a Counselor of China State Council. He is the Vice Chairman of China Western (Overseas) Re-turned Scholars... Read More →
avatar for James Zhan

James Zhan

Senior Director, Investment and Enterprise, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
PhD in International Economics. Three decades of experience in the areas of trade, investment, technology, business facilitation and enterprise development, including directing policy research, multilateral consensus-building and technical assistance to over 160 governments. Led the... Read More →



Tuesday December 12, 2017 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Breakout Room 2 - Sarmiento
 
Wednesday, December 13
 

9:00am

Regulatory Cooperation and Coherence: The New Frontiers in Trade and Investment
While the WTO includes some disciplines regarding regulatory policies, most notably in the area of mandatory product standards (SPS/TBT), most of the rules and mechanisms that determine how to collaborate on regulatory policies takes place outside the ambit of trade frameworks. In recent years however, there has been an increasing systemising of regulatory cooperation through trade and investment frameworks, particularly through the modern deep integration agreements. This session seeks to identify innovative provisions and mechanisms for regulatory cooperation that are emerging from recent bilateral and regional trade agreements. Additionally the session will explore the implications of these practices on both members and non-members, and assess whether any of these new practices could be harvested for the multilateral level, or by other regional actors.  

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Moderator
avatar for Jacqueline Musiitwa

Jacqueline Musiitwa

Founder and Managing Partner at Hoja Law Group and Governing Board Member at ICTSD
Jacqueline Musiitwa is the Founder of Hoja Law Group and a former Mo Ibrahim Foundation Fellow at the World Trade Organization. Musiitwa’s focus is on the importance of good governance and rule of law, and on improving Africa’s standing in the world. Musiitwa has served as an... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for William Burke-White

William Burke-White

Professor and Director, Perry World House, Unversity of Pennsylvania
William Burke-White is a professor of law at Penn Law School and inaugural director of Perry World House. An international lawyer and political scientist, Burke-White researches and writes about the relationships between law and politics in international affairs. His current scholarship... Read More →
avatar for Denis Redonnet

Denis Redonnet

Director for WTO, Legal Affairs and Trade in Goods, Directorate General for Trade in the European Commission
Denis Redonnet is the Director for "WTO, Legal Affairs and Trade in Goods" in the Directorate General for Trade in the European Commission. Previously he headed the WTO division and then the Strategy division. Before that, he served as Deputy chief of staff to EU Trade Commissioner... Read More →
avatar for Xavier Seuba

Xavier Seuba

Senior Lecturer and Researcher at the Centre d’Études Internationales de la Propriété Intellectuelle (CEIPI), University of Strasbourg
Xavier Seuba is Senior Lecturer and Researcher at the Centre d’Études Internationales de la Propriété Intellectuelle (CEIPI) of the University of Strasbourg, France. At CEIPI he is Academic Coordinator and Judicial Training Manager, and coordinates the CEIPI-BETA Project on the... Read More →
avatar for Sherry Stephenson

Sherry Stephenson

Senior Fellow ICTSD, International Center for Trade and Sustainable Development
PhD in International Economics, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva; MA in Economics, New York University. Expert in the area of international trade policy, particularly services trade. Senior Fellow, International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development... Read More →
avatar for Rufus Yerxa

Rufus Yerxa

President, National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC)
Ambassador Rufus Yerxa is President of the National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC), a trade association of over 200 companies dedicated to improving the competitiveness of U.S. industry on world markets. Mr. Yerxa has more than three decades of experience as a lawyer, diplomat, U.S... Read More →



Wednesday December 13, 2017 9:00am - 10:30am
Breakout Room 2 - Sarmiento

10:45am

E-commerce: Maximising Benefits Through Regional and Multilateral Rules
The Internet has revolutionised communication, information, and innovation, opening up new areas for economic growth, prospects for employment and opportunities for participation in global markets by individuals, small and medium-sized enterprises, and businesses all around the globe. In the run-up to Eleventh WTO Ministerial Conference (MC11), convergence has emerged across proposals with regard to the development potential of e-commerce, and the need for an enabling environment to ensure inclusive growth. As WTO members explore options to advance a discussion on e-commerce in the WTO, regional trade agreements (RTAs) that already include rules for digital trade can provide valuable lessons and key precedents to build upon. The session seeks to provide information and analysis on the most recent developments in the area of e-commerce rulemaking under RTAs, and contrast those against the scope and nature of the current efforts under the WTO. In addition, this session seeks to identify gaps in e-commerce rulemaking between the WTO and RTAs and to bring forward possible measures to address this challenge.

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Moderator
avatar for Ady Beitler

Ady Beitler

Integration and Trade Senior Specialist, Inter-American Development Bank
Ady is an Integration and Trade Senior Specialist at the Inter-American Development Bank, where he leads technology-based projects in trade facilitation, such as ConnectAmericas.com and the Argentine Trade Single Window. Ady also coordinates the Americas Business Dialogue’s Digital... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Julian Braithwaite

Julian Braithwaite

Ambassador / UK Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva, UK Mission to the WTO
Julian Braithwaite is the UK’s Permanent Representative to the UN and other International Organisations in Geneva including the WTO. Mr Braithwaite joined the FCO in 1994. He spent much of his early career dealing with the conflicts in the former Yugoslavia, first in the FCO during... Read More →
avatar for Jake Colvin

Jake Colvin

Executive Director, Global Innovation Forum
As Vice President for Global Trade and Innovation at the National Foreign Trade Council, Jake drives key advocacy initiatives around digital trade, innovation and the environment and the Council's engagement in trade bodies including the WTO and APEC. As Executive Director of NFTC's... Read More →
avatar for Ibrahima Nour Eddine Diagne

Ibrahima Nour Eddine Diagne

Managing Director, GAINDE 2000
M. DIAGNE Ibrahima Nour Eddine is currently the Managing Director of GAINDE 2000 and Rapporter for Africa of United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UNCEFACT). M. DIAGNE have more than 20 years in experience on trade facilitation and paperless trade... Read More →
avatar for Deborah Elms

Deborah Elms

Executive Director, Asian Trade Centre
The Asian Trade Centre works with governments and companies to design better trade policies for the region. Dr. Elms sits on the International Technical Advisory Committee of the Global Trade Professionals Alliance and is Chair of the Working Group on Trade Policy and Law. She is... Read More →
avatar for Felipe Henriquez

Felipe Henriquez

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Chile
Felipe Henríquez is a lawyer who graduated from the Universidad de Concepción. He is currently working in the Departamento Servicios, Inversiones y Transporte Aéreo (SERINTA, Services, Investment and Air Transport Department) where he has been responsible for the negotiations related... Read More →
avatar for Amy Porges

Amy Porges

Principal, Porges Trade Law PLLC
Amy Porges advises companies, governments and trade associations on how to use WTO law, trade agreements and investment rules to solve complex market access problems.  She represents governments and stakeholders in negotiations and litigation in the WTO and free trade agreements... Read More →
avatar for Mark Wu

Mark Wu

Assistant Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
Mark Wu is an Assistant Professor at Harvard Law School, where he teaches international trade and international economic law. He serves as a Faculty Co-Director of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. He works with a number of organizations on trade-related... Read More →



Wednesday December 13, 2017 10:45am - 12:15pm
Breakout Room 1 - Belgrano

12:25pm

Plenary: Latin American Challenges in the New Global Economy

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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Speakers
avatar for Julio Berdegué

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 →
avatar for Elida Bustos

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 →
avatar for Alicia Bárcena

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 →
avatar for Julia Pomares

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 →
avatar for Shunko Rojas

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 →
avatar for Sean Summers

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 →

Facilitator
avatar for Alejandra Gallo

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
Theater - San Martin Bolsa de Cereales, Buenos Aires, Argentina