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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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Taeho Bark

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 of the International Trade Commission of Korea. Prior to coming to Seoul National University, Professor Bark taught at Georgetown University, worked at KDI and served as the Vice President of the Korea Institute for International Economic Policy. Dr. Bark served Chair of the Investment Expert Group (IEG) of APEC. He also taught at Sciences Po, Stanford University and the University of Washington as a visiting professor. In addition, he was a visiting scholar at the IMF and consulted for the World Bank and the ADB. Professor Bark received his BA in economics from Seoul National University and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.