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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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Patricia Francis

Government of Jamaica
Chairman, Trade Facilitation Task Force
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 the former Executive Director of the International Trade Centre 2006-2013Prior to joining ITC in 2006, Ms. Francis was President of Jamaica Promotion Corporation (JAMPRO) from more than a decade, and a member of Jamaica’s Cabinet Committee for Development. She served twice as the President of the World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies, has chaired the OECD’s Caribbean Rim Investment Initiative as well as the China-Caribbean Business Council, and is on the advisory board of the IESE graduate business school.