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Monday, December 11
 

9:00am

China and Global Economic Governance
Recent years have witnessed China’s growing engagement with Global Economic Governance. This session will focus on China’s new policies and future action on Global Economic Governance. Topics are as followed:
1. China and G20, and the development on multilateral investment agreements (Axel Berger)
2. China and Investment Policy
 (Cristian Rodriguez Chifelle)
3. China and the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: Trade, Poverty Eradication and Inclusive Growth (Anabel Gonzalez)
4. China and WTO multilateral trading system
(Bernard Hoekman)
5. China’s growing engagement with Global Economic Governance
(Longyue Zhao)

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Moderator
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Longyue Zhao

Professor and Dean, School of International Governance Innovation, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies
Dr. Longyue Zhao is an experienced international economist in China. He currently is an University Professor and Dean of the School of International Governance Innovation at Guangdong University of Foreign Studies. The School is focus on issues of the WTO, international rule making... 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 Cristian Rodriguez Chiffelle

Cristian Rodriguez Chiffelle

Head of Trade and Investment Policy, World Economic Forum
Cristián Rodríguez Chiffelle is Head of Trade and Investment Policy and a Global Leadership Fellow at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Geneva. In this capacity, he leads a policy team working globally on issues such as international investment, digital trade, global value chains... Read More →
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Anabel Gonzalez

Senior Director, Trade & Competitiveness Global Practice, The World Bank Group
Anabel González is Senior Director of the World Bank Group’s Trade & Competitiveness Global Practice (from July 2014). In this capacity, she leads a team of 500 people to design and implement the World Bank Group's global and country agenda in the areas of trade, investment climate... 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 →



Monday December 11, 2017 9:00am - 10:30am
Theater - San Martin Bolsa de Cereales, Buenos Aires, Argentina

9:00am

Getting the Future Africa-UK Trade Partnership Right
The UK’s decision to exit the European Union (EU) has significant implications for Britain’s trade policy relationship with Africa. While Africa may not be a top priority for the UK trade policy post-Brexit, the strong historical links and today’s meaningful trade relationship between many African nations and the UK suggest that Africa should not be overlooked by the British government. In addition, now is the moment to establish the foundations of a strong and mutually beneficial long-term relationship.

Urgent action is required to provide continuity in the trade relationship between Africa and the UK. An immediate priority is to ensure at a minimum that existing market access is retained for all African countries following Brexit. While maintaining continuity and avoiding uncertainty is crucial, there should be an attempt to replace existing EU Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) with an improved framework that addresses the divisions created by the EPA process and its various limitations. The UK’s new trade policy offers an unprecedented opportunity to introduce a more comprehensive partnership framework that is more effective in supporting Africa’s integration, industrialization and development agendas. There is a real risk of missing this opportunity if urgent action is not taken.

So what type of form would a more comprehensive and progressive Africa-UK partnership agreement take? The objective of this session is to advance understanding of the opportunities and challenges Brexit presents for African countries. In doing so policy options for effectively leveraging Brexit to support the achievement of Africa’s development and trade objectives, at the same time as delivering win-win solutions that can also facilitate the interests of the UK, will be highlighted. The session will consider issues beyond UK market access including reciprocity, rules of origin, standards, and complementary targeted capacity building.

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Moderator
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Jodie Keane

Economic Advisor, Trade division, Commonwealth Secretariat
The Commonwealth Secretariat has recently undertaken a six month project on Graduation from Least Developed Country status. This process has included a specific contribution to the Gradjet platform being developed by the UN Committee for Development Policy, on trade related adjustment... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Chiedu Osakwe (Ambassador)

Chiedu Osakwe (Ambassador)

Director General and Chief Negotiator, Nigerian Office for Trade Negotiations (NOTN)
His Excellency, Ambassador Chiedu Osakwe is the Chief Trade Negotiator for Nigeria and the Director-General of the Nigerian Office for Trade Negotiations. He is the Chairman of the Negotiating Forum for the Continental Free Trade Area Negotiations and its Technical Working Group on... Read More →
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Hon Amelia Kyambadde

Trade Minister, Uganda
avatar for Dr. Maximiliano Mendez-Parra

Dr. Maximiliano Mendez-Parra

International Economic Development Group, Overseas Development Institute
Maximiliano Mendez-Parra is a Senior Research Fellow at the International Economic Development Group, Overseas Development Institute. Max is a trade economist and former trade official in Argentina. He specialises in the analysis of multilateral and regional trade policies in agriculture... Read More →
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Brendan Vickers

Economic Adviser, International Trade, The Commonwealth Secretariat
Dr Brendan Vickers is Economic Adviser in the Trade, Oceans, and Natural Resources Directorate at the Commonwealth Secretariat in London. Previously, he was Head of Research and Policy in the South African Department of Trade and Industry. He also worked in the non-governmental sector... Read More →



Monday December 11, 2017 9:00am - 10:30am
Breakout Room 2 - Sarmiento

3:15pm

Towards a Smooth Transition from the German to the Argentinian G20 Presidencies
Trade policy has emerged as one of the most contested policy fields during Germany’s G20 presidency. Given the recent spat on trade between the US and a number of G20 countries including the German chair the respective section in the communiqué of the Hamburg Summit is surprisingly strong emphasising the importance of a rules-based international trading system including effective rules’ enforcement within the World Trade Organization. The G20, furthermore, commits to promote social and environmental standards and human rights in global value chains. Reading between the lines, though, some differences are still visible. For example, the G20 in Hamburg commits to “fight protectionism including all unfair trade practices” while recognising “legitimate trade defence instruments”. Against this background, this panel discussion reflects on the outcomes of the Hamburg Summit, its implications for the MC11 in Buenos Aires and Argentina’s G20 presidency.

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Moderator
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 →

Speakers
avatar for Cristian Rodriguez Chiffelle

Cristian Rodriguez Chiffelle

Head of Trade and Investment Policy, World Economic Forum
Cristián Rodríguez Chiffelle is Head of Trade and Investment Policy and a Global Leadership Fellow at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Geneva. In this capacity, he leads a policy team working globally on issues such as international investment, digital trade, global value chains... Read More →
avatar for Simon Evenett

Simon Evenett

Professor, University of St. Gallen
Simon J. Evenett is Professor of International Trade and Economic Development, and for the past 5 years has also been Academic Director of the MBA, at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. He is also the coordinator of the independent trade policy watchdog Global Trade Alert... Read More →
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Moira Feil

Senior Policy Officer, German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development
Dr. Moira Feil is a Senior Policy Officer at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, where she has specialised in strategic multilateral develpoment policy since 2011. Responsible for sustainable development in the G7 and G20 team, her successes include... Read More →
avatar for Félix Peña

Félix Peña

Director, Institute of International Trade, ICBC Foundation
Félix Peña is a specialist in international economic relations, international commercial law and economic integration. He held positions at INTAL, the IDB, the Argentine Ministry of Foreign Affairs and he was also Undersecretary of Foreign Trade at the Ministry of Economy of Argentina. He... 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 →



Monday December 11, 2017 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Breakout Room 3 - Rivadavia
 
Tuesday, December 12
 

9:00am

A New Paradigm for Trade Policy: Trumpism and Challenges to the Multilateral Trading System

The impetus of multilateral trading system was formed to overcome the outbreak of protectionism in the 1930s and its severe scarring effects. With the expansion of membership over last six decades, it has transformed into the current system, represented by the World Trade Organization. The positive contribution of the WTO in trade liberalization has been well-acknowledged, especially in terms of setting out rule-based global trading system and leading the participation of heterogeneous economies at various development levels in it. According to the WTO, the volume of trade has increased two-and-a-half times since the launch of the WTO. Such explosive increase of global trade is believed to have created better opportunities for faster ecnomic growth, higher levels of job creation, and poverty reduction across countries.

Despite the success and achievements realized so far, the current multilateral trading system has confronted significant challenges. Sluggish progress and repeated delays of the Doha Round negotiations in consequence have failed to provide proper venues to explore new trading rules in a fast-evolving global economic environment. At the same time, the rise of protectionist sentiment and corresponding trade-restrictive actions across countries since the global financial crisis pose another challenge along with slow eeconomic recovery, stagnated trade growth and widening income inequality. In spite of numerous evidence of positive benefits from trade, escalating dissatisfaction towards trade liberalization puts the pursuit of trade liberalization and economic integration on the defensive as populist backlash against trade prevails even among the world’s leading economies.

Notwithstanding such widely-accepted consensus that we need to break the current political stalemate and move forward in pursuit of trade liberalization, the answer to how to elicit international cooperation for it under the current multilateral trading system does not seem so clear.

In this session, we first would like to assess the achievements and the challenges of the multilateral trading system, especially in the context of current economic environment. Then we will explore all the possible options for the changes of the current multilateral trading system and ways to enhance the international cooperation in trade liberalization.

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Moderator
avatar for Taeho Bark

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 →

Speakers
avatar for Chul Chung

Chul Chung

Vice President, Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP)
Chul Chung is Vice President of the Korea Institute for International Economic Policy in charge of the Department of International Trade. He is Vice Chair of the Korea National Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation (KOPEC) and Vice President of the Korean Association of Trade... Read More →
avatar for Simon Evenett

Simon Evenett

Professor, University of St. Gallen
Simon J. Evenett is Professor of International Trade and Economic Development, and for the past 5 years has also been Academic Director of the MBA, at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. He is also the coordinator of the independent trade policy watchdog Global Trade Alert... 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 Danny Leipziger

Danny Leipziger

Professor of International Business & Int’l Affairs, The George Washington University
Danny Leipziger is Professor of International Business and International Affairs, George Washington University, and Managing Director, the Growth Dialogue, a network dedicated to examining the issues of sustainable and shared economic growth. He is former Vice President of the Poverty... Read More →
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Jin Kyo SUH

Senior Research Fellow, Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP)
Jin Kyo SUH is an adjunct professor of the U.S. –Korea Institute at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University in the Washington, D.C. Dr. Suh is also a senior research fellow of the Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP). He... Read More →



Tuesday December 12, 2017 9:00am - 10:30am
Breakout Room 1 - Belgrano

12:25pm

Plenary: The Future of the Global Trade System and the WTO
The current complex system of regulatory frameworks governing global trade and investment, largely based on principles, norms and agreements negotiated in the context of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) and the WTO, is characterised by tensions. In addition to electoral politics and public reactions to advancing global integration efforts, there are fundamental shifts in business models and rapidly evolving and disruptive technologies creating unprecedented opportunities for wealth, wellbeing and development, but also fueling anxiety. This uncertainty is further exacerbated by the twin global public policy challenges posed by climate change and the unsustainable use of natural resources.
This high-level plenary seeks to determine if the WTO and its Members are prepared for these profound changes, and allows top policymakers, intergovernmental organisations and business to share their views on possible ways to harness the WTO and the rest of the global trade system to support the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
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Moderator
avatar for Soumaya Keynes

Soumaya Keynes

Soumaya Keynes writes for the print edition and the Free Exchange blog. Before joining The Economist Soumaya did research on the public finances and pensions at the Institute for Fiscal Studies, an economic research institute. Before that Soumaya worked in the Banking and Credit... Read More →

Speakers
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 Arancha González

Arancha González

Executive Director, International Trade Centre (ITC)
Arancha González has served as Executive Director of ITC, the joint agency of the United Nations and the World Trade Organization, since September 2013. Before joining ITC, Ms. González was Chief of Staff to World Trade Organization Director-General Pascal Lamy from 2005 to 2013... Read More →
avatar for Susanne Hyldelund

Susanne Hyldelund

State Secretary for Trade/Ambassador, MFA, Denmark
avatar for Mukhisa Kituyi

Mukhisa Kituyi

Secretary-General, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
Mukhisa Kituyi, of Kenya, who became UNCTAD's seventh Secretary-General on 1 September 2013, has an extensive background as an elected official, an academic, and a holder of high government office. He also has wide-ranging experience in trade negotiations, and in African and broader... Read More →
avatar for Susanna Malcorra

Susanna Malcorra

Chair, MC11
Ms. Susana Malcorra was Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship of the Argentine Republic from December 2015 to July 2017. After her resignation as Foreign Minister, she was appointed by President Macri as Government Advisor. Minister Malcorra holds a degree in Electronics Engineering... 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 →



Tuesday December 12, 2017 12:25pm - 1:20pm
Theater - San Martin Bolsa de Cereales, Buenos Aires, Argentina

5:00pm

The Future of the Global Trade Order
This session will present a new book edited by Carlos Primo Braga and Bernard Hoekman. The volume brings together essays on key challenges confronting the global trading system, taking a business perspective.

Other authors present during se session are:
Giorgio Sacerdoti, Professor, Bocconi University
Simon J. Evenett, Professor, University of St. Gallen
Clemens Boonekamp, Associate Partner, IDEAS Centre
Nick Ashton-Hart, Associate Fellow, Geneva Centre for Security Policy
Eduardo Pérez Motta, Partner, Agon Economía, Derecho y Estrategia

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Moderator
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 →

Speakers
avatar for Carlos A. Primo Braga

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 →
avatar for Andreas Esche

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 →
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 Félix Peña

Félix Peña

Director, Institute of International Trade, ICBC Foundation
Félix Peña is a specialist in international economic relations, international commercial law and economic integration. He held positions at INTAL, the IDB, the Argentine Ministry of Foreign Affairs and he was also Undersecretary of Foreign Trade at the Ministry of Economy of Argentina. He... Read More →
avatar for Diana Tussie

Diana Tussie

Head pf Department, FLACSO
Trade architecture , global trade order



Tuesday December 12, 2017 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Breakout Room 2 - Sarmiento

6:30pm

Book Launch “Future of the Global Trade Order”
This session will present a new book edited by Carlos Primo Braga and Bernard Hoekman. The volume brings together essays on key challenges confronting the global trading system, taking a business perspective.

Speakers
avatar for Nick Ashton-Hart

Nick Ashton-Hart

President of the Assembly, IDEA
Nick Ashton-Hart recently concluded several years as the senior Geneva-based full-time representative from the technology sector. He has participated in multilateral policy development since 1992 and international digital trade policy for the last several years. He’s presently a... Read More →
avatar for Carlos A. Primo Braga

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 →
avatar for Andreas Esche

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 →
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 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 Félix Peña

Félix Peña

Director, Institute of International Trade, ICBC Foundation
Félix Peña is a specialist in international economic relations, international commercial law and economic integration. He held positions at INTAL, the IDB, the Argentine Ministry of Foreign Affairs and he was also Undersecretary of Foreign Trade at the Ministry of Economy of Argentina. He... Read More →
avatar for Diana Tussie

Diana Tussie

Head pf Department, FLACSO
Trade architecture , global trade order



Tuesday December 12, 2017 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Breakout Room 2 - Sarmiento
 
Wednesday, December 13
 

9:00am

Building an Intelligent Tech & Trade Initiative - ITTI: Augmented Intelligence & the Future of Global Trade
ITTI is designed to examine how cutting-edge technologies –such as blockchain and augmented intelligence– will allow international trade policies, transactions and negotiations to advance, amid countering deglobalization forces.

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Gabriel Petrus

Executive Director, ICC Brasil
Gabriel Petrus is the Executive Director of ICC Brazil. Previously, he was Senior Public Policy Associate at Uber Technologies. Between 2013 and 2016, he was the Director of Political Risk Analysis of Barral M Jorge, a consulting firm on international trade. Previously, he served... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Daniel Feffer

Daniel Feffer

President, ICC Brasil
Daniel Feffer is the Chairman of ICC, the International Chamber of Commerce in Brazil, and member of the Executive Board of the World Business Organization. He has also been a Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of Suzano Papel e Celulose S/A, and President of Instituto Ecofuturo... Read More →
avatar for Daniel Godinho

Daniel Godinho

President Commission on Trade & Investment Policies, ICC Brasil
Daniel Godinho is President of ICC Brasil’s Commission on Trade & Investment Policies. He also serves as the Corporate Strategies Officer at WEG Group Companies. Previously, Godinho served as Foreign Trade Secretary (SECEX) from 2013 to 2016, in addition to several other government... Read More →
avatar for Jan Hoffmann

Jan Hoffmann

Chief Trade Logistics Branch at UNCTAD
Dr. Jan Hoffmann is Chief Trade Logistics Branch at UNCTAD. He works as trade facilitation, port and shipping specialist with the Trade Logistics Branch of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development in Geneva since 2003. Previously, he spent six years with the United Nations... Read More →
avatar for Rebecca Liao

Rebecca Liao

VP of Business Development and Strategy, Skuchain
Rebecca Liao is VP of Business Development and Strategy at Skuchain, a blockchain platform that provides an end-to-end solution for the supply chain. She is also a writer and China analyst. She was a member of Secretary Clinton’s foreign policy team for her 2016 presidential campaign, responsible for Asia trade and economic policy. Rebecca was... Read More →
avatar for Stella Loiacono

Stella Loiacono

Chief Technology Officer IBM, Argentina
Stella Loiacono, CTO for IBM in Argentina and Certified IBM Architect, has over 20 years of experience in the IT market working with customers from Argentina and Latin America. Currently she specializes in emergent technologies like cognitive computing, artificial intelligence and... Read More →
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Marcos Troyjo

Director, ITTI
Marcos Prado Troyjo is Director of the BRICLab at Columbia University, a Forum on Brazil, Russia, India and China he co-founded with Christian Deseglise. He teaches at Columbia University's SIPA (School of International and Public Affairs) and is a Faculty Associate of Columbia's... Read More →




Wednesday December 13, 2017 9:00am - 10:30am
Breakout Room 1 - Belgrano

1:30pm

360° Trade Facilitation: the private sector at the heart of the reform process
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With the entry into force of the WTO’s landmark Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), governments are set to accomplish the vital task of transforming the TFA provisions into concrete reforms to be implemented nationally.

Effective engagement and contribution of the private sector is crucial to ensuring the success of trade facilitation and maximizing its impact on economic development and poverty reduction. The Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation is at the centre of such efforts.

What lessons can we learn from practical experiences of public-private collaboration around trade facilitation? What are the ways forward?

Two years on from the Alliance’s launch at MC10 in Nairobi, please join us for a discussion on lessons learned from its initial portfolio of projects in countries including Colombia, Vietnam, Kenya, Ghana and Sri Lanka. Practical experiences will be also shared from other participants and ways forward for further leveraging the private sector will be discussed.


Note: This session will be in the form of an interactive workshop with breakout table discussions without interpretation. 

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Moderator
avatar for Philippe Isler

Philippe Isler

Director, Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation, Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation
Philippe Isler is the Director for the Global Alliance For Trade Facilitation and is based at the World Economic Forum in Geneva, Switzerland. The Global Alliance aims at incubating and delivering trade facilitation projects from the bottom up by leveraging on funding and expertise... Read More →

Speakers
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John K. Bang

Head of Sustainability Strategy & Shared Value, A.P. Moller-Maersk
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Virginia Brown

Director, Office of Trade and Regulatory Reform, USAID
Virginia Brown is the Director of the Office of Trade and Regulatory Reform at the United States Agency for International Development.   Ms. Brown has over twenty years  experience  in customs, trade policy, and development.  Prior to joining to USAID, she was the Director for... Read More →
avatar for Milena Budmirovic

Milena Budmirovic

Senior Technical Officer, World Customs Organization
Milena is a Senior Technical Officer in the Procedures and Facilitation Sub-Directorate of the World Customs Organization (WCO). Her responsibilities cover the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), including managing the WCO Working Group on the WTO TFA (TFAWG) and cooperation with... Read More →
avatar for Ralph Carter

Ralph Carter

Managing Director, Trade and International Affairs, Fedex Express
BS and JD, Univ. of Arkansas at Little Rock; LLM, American Univ. Worked in US Dept of State, as Special Asst. to the US Ambassador to the EU. 2001, joined FedEx, Brussels. Directed FedEx's government affairs activities with the European Commission, Parliament and Council, as well... Read More →
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Ambassador K.S. Kumararatne

Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the WTO
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Olga Lucia Lozano

Vice-Minister of Foreign Trade, Colombia
AN

Anthony Nyame-Baafi

Director for Multilateral, Regional and Bilateral Trade, Ghana
AP

Alex Perkins

Senior Manager, International Government Affairs, FCA US LLC
avatar for Maria Teresa Pisani

Maria Teresa Pisani

International Organization, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
Maria Teresa Pisani is an economist working at the Economic Cooperation and Trade Division of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe. She is currently in charge of the programme on Sustainable Trade Policy and Outreach, which develops policies and standards to facilitate... Read More →
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Steve Pope

VP Customs & Regulatory Affairs, Europe, DHL
avatar for Andreas Schaumayer

Andreas Schaumayer

Deputy Head of Division, Trade and Development, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development Germany
Dr. Andreas Schaumayer is deputy head of the trade division at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. He is a trained political scientist and holds a PhD in public administration from University of Constance.
avatar for Amgad Shehata

Amgad Shehata

SVP Strategy & Public Affairs, UPS
WTO TFA ImplementationCross border goods tradeWomen empowered trade
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Sacha Silva

Senior Trade for Development Policy Advisor, Permanent Mission of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to the United Nations
avatar for Dominik Ziller

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 →



Wednesday December 13, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Breakout Room 2 - Sarmiento

1:30pm

Trade, Trade Policy and Economic Transformation
Economic transformation is crucial for the type of growth that reduces poverty, create jobs and is resilient to shocks. But many low-income countries have failed to transform successfully. Trade has nearly always been a key component in those countries that have transformed successfully. This event will unpack the role that trade has played in the process of transformation in a number of countries and regions and discuss how trade policy provisions such as those currently under discussion at the WTO can further contribute.
The Supporting Economic Transformation (SET) at ODI defines economic transformation as the process of moving from low productivity to high productivity activities, either between or within sectors. Trade, or exposure to trade, can increase productivity in existing sectors or firms as well as move resources from inefficient into efficient firms and sectors.
Multilateral trade provisions can help set the right incentives to invest, innovate, produce and trade in sectors with comparative advantage. They can also generate maintain opportunities in new sectors currently affected by global protectionism and other trade distortions. Current discussions at the WTO that might affect ET includes the elimination of subsidies in fishing, tightening disciplines on domestic support of agriculture and further provisions on digital trade and e-commerce.


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Speakers
avatar for Dr. Lucio Castro

Dr. Lucio Castro

Secretary for Productive Transformation, Ministry of Production of Argentina
Lucio Castro is the former Director of Economic Development at CIPPEC. Head of Public Finance and senior economist at the Department of International Trade at the firm Maxwell Stamp PLC in London. Responsible for Macroeconomic analysis and design of macro stock investment portfolio... Read More →
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Patricia Francis

Chairman, Trade Facilitation Task Force, Government of Jamaica
Strategic leader in development and trade with combined experience of over thirty years in the private sector, national government and international organisations with a track record of delivering concrete measurable results on mandate within challenging circumstances.Patricia is... Read More →
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Anabel Gonzalez

Senior Director, Trade & Competitiveness Global Practice, The World Bank Group
Anabel González is Senior Director of the World Bank Group’s Trade & Competitiveness Global Practice (from July 2014). In this capacity, she leads a team of 500 people to design and implement the World Bank Group's global and country agenda in the areas of trade, investment climate... Read More →
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Dr. Maximiliano Mendez-Parra

International Economic Development Group, Overseas Development Institute
Maximiliano Mendez-Parra is a Senior Research Fellow at the International Economic Development Group, Overseas Development Institute. Max is a trade economist and former trade official in Argentina. He specialises in the analysis of multilateral and regional trade policies in agriculture... Read More →
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Dr. Dirk Willem te Velde

Principal Research Fellow and Head of International Economic Development Group, SET Programme Director, Overseas Development Institute (ODI)
Dr Dirk Willem te Velde is a Principal Research Fellow and head of the International Economic Development Group at ODI. He is the director of the Supporting Economic Transformation Programme and a Research Leader for the DFID-ESRC Growth Research Programme. He has published widely on trade, investment and economic transformation. He has advised country governments and parliaments in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean, and donor agencies such as DFID, European Co... Read More →



Wednesday December 13, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Breakout Room 3 - Rivadavia

3:15pm

The Future of Global Trade Governance
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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Speakers
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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
Breakout Room 3 - Rivadavia

5:00pm

Services Waiver: Maximising Benefits for the LDCs

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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Moderator
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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

5:30pm

The Region: A Door to Global Trade for SMEs
The trade landscape continues to transform and many companies are exploring how to remain profitable and operate in this changing scenario. One response has been to strengthen operations where the policy environment is most stable and where trade costs are lowest. For many companies, ‘their region’ represents such a place.For small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) regional trade has always been the most common form of internationalization. This is particularly important in the context of value chains, which are often more regional than global in reach.This session will explore how SMEs can benefit from participating in value chains – both international and regional – and how regional trade agreements (RTAs) may create and support greater value chain operations and ensure that SMEs can enter them, operate successfully and upgrade.Regional and multiregional value chains, including South-South, offer SMEs lower entry barriers than international value chains. However, the extent to which SMEs benefit depends on their position within the value chain, which is in turn determined by their bargaining power and competitiveness.Both the behavior of companies – lead firms and suppliers – and the shape of international value chains are intertwined with regional trade agreements. Indeed, regional trade agreements increase value chain driven trade, while value chains shape the design of trade agreements. Evidence suggests that it may be useful to look at value chains operations, the distribution of trade benefits and the design of RTAs in a holistic manner.The 2017 edition of the SME Competitiveness Outlook “The region: A door to global trade” will have its Latin America launch at this session.

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Moderator
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Adrian Fognini

Managing Director, Thomson Reuters, Ibero-América
Adrian Fognini is an Argentinian executive experienced in business development and integration, along with building teams strongly focused on high performance culture. He has a degree as Certified Public Accountant from University of Buenos Aires, and also obtained a Master’s Degree... Read More →

Speakers
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Eduardo Celino

Coordinator of Market Acces and Sources of Finance
MSMEs, foreign trade, e-commerce
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Arancha González

Executive Director, International Trade Centre (ITC)
Arancha González has served as Executive Director of ITC, the joint agency of the United Nations and the World Trade Organization, since September 2013. Before joining ITC, Ms. González was Chief of Staff to World Trade Organization Director-General Pascal Lamy from 2005 to 2013... Read More →
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Marion Jansen

Chief Economist, International Trade Centre
Marion Jansen is the Chief Economist of the International Trade Centre (ITC), responsible for ITC’s flagship publication “SME Competitiveness Outlook” and the institution’s recent publications on e-commerce. She also oversees ITC’s work on export strategies. Marion previously... Read More →
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Mariano Mayer

National Secretary of Entrepreneurs and Small and Medium Enterprises, Ministry of Production, Government of Argentina
In December 2015, Mariano Mayer was appointed as the National Secretary for Entrepreneurs and Small & Medium Enterprises, which belongs to the Minister of Production. In September 2013 he was appointed as the Head of the General Direction of Entrepreneurship of Buenos Aires City... Read More →



Wednesday December 13, 2017 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Breakout Room 1 - Belgrano