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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
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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
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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 →
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
 
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
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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 Bernard Hoekman

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 →
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 →
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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