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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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Maria Fernanda Garza

Camara Internacional de Comercio
Vice Presidenta
Ciudad de México
Maria Fernanda Garza is a Mexican business woman CEO of Orestia, a manufacturing company specialized in innovative plumbing solutions, with exports to NAFTA region, Latin- American and Asia.
Her interest in improving the business environment, made her a prominent business leader at a young age. Board member of Mexico´s leading business organizations such as COPARMEX, CCE, ALIARSE, SenM, among others.
For ten years, Mexico’s Employer Delegate to the International Labour Organization Conference, where she became appointed Employer’s Vice Chair at the ILO’s 98th Session. Has been appointed as Business Representative in various governmental boards, such as The Mexican Council for the North American Agreement on Labour Cooperation, The Supervisory Board of the Mexican Workers Housing Institute and the National Evaluation for Education Institute, among others.
Advocate for the CSR in Mexico and Member of BIAC’s Corporate Responsibility Network, a leading figure in the anticorruption movement in Mexico.
Maria Fernanda Garza was Chair of ICC México from 2014 – 2020 and she is currently First Vice Chair of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), Regional Coordinator for the Americas, Executive Board Member and President of ICC’s Board Committee NetCom.