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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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Hannes Schloemann

WTI Advisors
is a Director of WTI Advisors Ltd. (Oxford/Geneva), a professional advisory firm focused on trade policy, law and economics, and a Partner with MSBH Bernzen Sonntag Rechtsanwälte. Hannes advises governments, their missions, businesses, NGOs and IGOs on trade law and policy, from regulatory and policy design to FTA negotiations to WTO dispute settlement. He recently advised a client on the climate-smart design of trade policy measures, supported an animal welfare group in defending the EU’s seal products ban, advised a wine association on lobbying for WTO-compatible legislation, designed a manual on rules of origin, advised several pharmaceutical firms on various issues, and supported the design of a regional TBT committee. His true passion, however, is trade in services. He has been working on multiple projects and publications on services over the past decade, including advising clients on domestic regulation of services, WTO and RTA services negotiations, the LDC Services Waiver, services export strategies and services statistics.