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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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Abhijit Das

Abhijit Das is a trade policy expert. He combines extensive experience of international trade negotiations with formulating, implementing and managing trade-related capacity building projects. Prior to joining the Centre for WTO Studies, he worked in UNCTAD India Programme during 2005-10 with progressively increasing responsibilities. UNCTAD India Programme was a joint trade capacity building initiative of Department of Commerce (Government of India), UNCTAD and DFID. His responsibilities included assisting the Government of India and other stakeholders at the national, state and local levels to assess impacts and opportunities emerging from globalisation; building capacities of stakeholders to influence evolving international trade rules; and enhancing preparedness for globalisation. He directly undertook, and also guided, research on different facets of development impacts on India of international trade. While working as a Director in the Trade Policy Division in Commerce Ministry (2000-05) he contributed substantially in developing India’s negotiating position on issues related to Antidumping, subsidies and disputes. He participated directly in several multilateral and bilateral trade negotiations, including in the Anti-Dumping and Subsidy negotiations under the Doha Round at the WTO and OECD Steel Subsidies negotiations. He also contributed to, and coordinated, India’s submissions in various landmark WTO disputes.