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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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The New Economy [clear filter]
Monday, December 11
 

10:45am

Trade Rules for the Digital Economy: regional, plurilateral and multilateral approaches to achieving binding disciplines where they are most needed
This panel will look at the different approaches taken to try and achieve binding trade disciplines for the digital economy and discuss whether regional and multilateral approaches have a mutually reinforcing role to play or whether a plurilateral approach among like-minded WTO Members is the best way to achieve tangible outcomes in a reasonable time-frame.

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Moderator
avatar for James Lockett

James Lockett

Vice President, Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.
James has over thirty years’ experience in international trade law and policy. He worked on EU and GATT/WTO trade issues for 14 years in Brussels, where he finished as a partner in a Wall Street law firm, including extensive work in the electronics/IT industries. He then was based... Read More →

Speakers
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Martina Ferracane

Research Associate, European Center for International Political Economy (ECIPE)
avatar for Rupa Ganguli

Rupa Ganguli

Founder and CEO, Inclusive Trade Ltd.
Rupa is the Founder and CEO of Inclusivetrade.com, a revolutionary new online retail B2C platform, that provides consumers with the ability to ‘#ShopByImpact’. While empowering small businesses, artists and female entrepreneurs, inclusivetrade.com connects tradition with technology... Read More →
avatar for Constance Chidiogor Ikokwu

Constance Chidiogor Ikokwu

Communications Director to the Minister, Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment Nigeria
Constance Chidiogor Ikokwu is an accomplished Journalist, Analyst and Communications Strategist. She is the Strategy and Communications Adviser at the Nigerian Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment. She previously held the same position at the Ministry of Finance     Her... Read More →
avatar for Pascal Kerneis

Pascal Kerneis

Managing Director, European Services Forum (ESF)
Trade in services, domestic regulation, e-commerce, investment




Monday December 11, 2017 10:45am - 12:10pm
Theater - San Martin Bolsa de Cereales, Buenos Aires, Argentina

3:15pm

SMEs: The New Stakeholders of International Trade
The session will show how SMEs are using the Internet to export through interesting stories from SMEs from key regions, and couple of stories from platforms.

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Moderator
avatar for Gonzalo Navarro

Gonzalo Navarro

Executive Director, Asociación Latinoamericana de Internet

Speakers
avatar for Nicholas Bramble

Nicholas Bramble

Public Policy Counsel, Google
Nicholas Bramble is the Deputy Head of Global Trade Policy at Google, where he has worked since 2013. Prior to joining Google he was a Presidential Innovation Fellow, and served as a lecturer and director of the Law and Media Program at Yale Law School. He filed amicus briefs in Golan... Read More →
avatar for Matías Doublier

Matías Doublier

Co-founder and COO, Increase
Matias Doublier, 24 years old, entrepreneur. Co-founder and COO of Increase, a company dedicated to empower businesses in Latam by providing fintech solutions and connecting them together.
avatar for Alan Elias

Alan Elias

Senior Manager, Global Public Policy, eBay, Inc.
Alan Elias is Senior Manager of Global Public Policy at eBay and a member of the eBay Public Policy Lab with a focus on the Americas. Since joining eBay in 2015, Alan has conducted in-depth analysis on data covering eBay activity around the world and has co-authored trade, economic... Read More →
avatar for Emilce Grimi

Emilce Grimi

Head of Finance, Workana
Emilce Grimi, CFO of Workana, the first and the largest freelance community in Latin America, with 25,000 SMEs and 30,000 freelancers bidding every month on the platform.
avatar for Jerry Ho

Jerry Ho

Chairman, APAC MSMEs Trade Coalition
In addition to being the Founder of Olivia Premium, Jerry is the Sales Director at New Zealand Green Wave Limited, the Chairman of the New Zealand Green Industry Association and a Director at Feel Good Corporation.Jerry is also the Deputy Convenor of The Small Business Development... Read More →
avatar for Konstantin Matthies

Konstantin Matthies

Associate, AlphaBeta
Konstantin Matthies is an Associate with AlphaBeta, a strategy and economics advisory business serving clients from the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors globally. AlphaBeta helps clients to identify the forces shaping their markets and develop practical plans to create... Read More →



Monday December 11, 2017 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Theater - San Martin Bolsa de Cereales, Buenos Aires, Argentina
 
Tuesday, December 12
 

9:00am

Importance of cross-border data flows for international trade
The session will show importance of data and data flows to trade and development; how to address privacy and other legitimate concerns while enabling cross-border data flows (eg, APEC CBPR model).

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Moderator
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 →

Speakers
avatar for Nicholas Bramble

Nicholas Bramble

Public Policy Counsel, Google
Nicholas Bramble is the Deputy Head of Global Trade Policy at Google, where he has worked since 2013. Prior to joining Google he was a Presidential Innovation Fellow, and served as a lecturer and director of the Law and Media Program at Yale Law School. He filed amicus briefs in Golan... Read More →
avatar for Sebastián Cabello

Sebastián Cabello

Director, GSMA regional office in Latin America
Sebastián is the director of GSMA regional office in Latin America, responsible for representing and leading GSMA activities in the region. Sebastián has been working at the GSMA since 2006 on mobile broadband and spectrum issues in developing countries, based in Latin America... Read More →
avatar for Torbjorn Fredriksson

Torbjorn Fredriksson

Chief, ICT Policy Section, UNCTAD
Mr. Torbjörn Fredriksson is the Chief of the ICT Policy Section at the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). He is responsible for the Information Economy Report (IER) and UNCTAD’s work on ICT sector development, ICT Policy Reviews, e-commerce development and ICT measurement... Read More →
avatar for Robert Koopman

Robert Koopman

Chief Economist and Director, Economic Research and Statistics Division at the WTO
Robert Koopman is the Chief Economist and Director of the Economic Research and Statistics Division at the WTO. Bob provides the Secretariat and Member Countries with analysis and information that promotes a deeper understanding of trade and trade policy's role in economic growth... Read More →



Tuesday December 12, 2017 9:00am - 10:30am
Breakout Room 3 - Rivadavia
 
Wednesday, December 13
 

9:00am

New Trade Rules for a New Economy
The session will discuss what kinds of trade rules are needed to promote Internet-driven, inclusive trade.

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Moderator
avatar for Gonzalo Navarro

Gonzalo Navarro

Executive Director, Asociación Latinoamericana de Internet

Speakers
avatar for Alvaro Cedeño

Alvaro Cedeño

Ambassador to the WTO, Permanent Misison of Costa Rica to the WTO
Álvaro Cedeño Molinari was appointed Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Costa Rica to the WTO on February 2015. Among his responsibilities he holds his country’s representation at the OECD, in Paris, France, during the current process of accession to the membership.Previously... 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 Jacobo Cohen Imach

Jacobo Cohen Imach

Sr VP Legal and Public Affairs, Mercado Libre
Jacobo Cohen Imach is Senior Vice President - General Counsel in charge of Legal and Public Affairs at MercadoLibre.com. He joined MercadoLibre in 1999 as its first lawyer and since then he has been responsible for managing and leading MercadoLibre's global legal team and advising... Read More →
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 →
avatar for David Weller

David Weller

Head of Global Trade Policy, Google
David Weller is Head of Global Trade Policy at Google based in Washington, DC.  Prior to joining Google, he was a partner at WilmerHale, where he advised technology and other clients regarding market access barriers, WTO disputes, and trade policy issues.  David previously served... Read More →



Wednesday December 13, 2017 9:00am - 10:30am
Theater - San Martin Bolsa de Cereales, Buenos Aires, Argentina

5:00pm

Online Platforms & Trade and Development: Impact and Enabling Frameworks
To discuss the role of platforms and internet intermediaries (wrongly named “OTT”) in sustainable development, the policies necessary for intermediaries and platforms to bring the best opportunities for SMEs to thrive, regionally and globally, and demonstrate how online platforms help create economic value and what specific policies are optimal for WTO to work on.

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Moderator
avatar for Andrew Ure

Andrew Ure

Head of Trade and Economic Affairs in Asia-Pacific, Google
Andrew Ure is Head of Trade and Economic Affairs in Asia-Pacific for Google. In this role he oversees Google's relationships with regional trade bodies such as APEC and ASEAN, and manages research into the economic and social impact of the internet. Prior to this he was Managing Director... Read More →

Speakers
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 →
avatar for John Karr

John Karr

Senior Director for Technology Programs, Asia Foundation
John Karr is the senior director for Technology Programs at The Asia Foundation. His current focus is on the role of online platforms in international development; the future of work; and distributed systems and blockchain technologies in the Asia Pacific. As the director of The Asia... Read More →
avatar for Probir Mehta

Probir Mehta

Global Lead, Intellectual Property and Trade Policy, Facebook
avatar for Kati Suominen

Kati Suominen

Founder & CEO, Nextrade Group
Founder & CEO of Nextrade Group, a data and research company that helps governments and Fortune 500s optimize public policies and investments in trade and ecommerce worldwide; Founder of TradeUp Capital Fund, a growth capital platform for globalizing tech companies acquired by Nextrade... Read More →



Wednesday December 13, 2017 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Theater - San Martin Bolsa de Cereales, Buenos Aires, Argentina