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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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Andrei Mikhnev

World Bank
Head, Trade and Competitiveness Middle East and North Africa
Washington, DC
Andrei Mikhnev has more than twenty years of international development experience focusing mostly on the private sector development. He worked in Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, Middle East and North Africa, Europe and Central Asia. He is now Head in the World Bank Group (WBG) Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice leading the team working in Middle East and the Gulf countries to help governments boost trade, enhance the investment climate, promote competitiveness, and foster entrepreneurship. He also leads the WBG global work on Quality Infrastructure.Before moving to the MENA region, he was Global Product Leader for Business Regulation in the Investment Climate Department in Washington, DC, leading the product development and its expansion globally. Andrei represented IFC on the Donor Committee for Enterprise Development, where he has chaired the Business Environment Working Group focusing on the donor cooperation on business environment programs.Prior to that, Andrei led Business Enabling Environment team of the Small and Medium Enterprise department, which provided advisory services to client governments globally. Before that, Andrei worked in the World Bank Financial and Private Sector Development Department for Europe and Central Asia region. He led a number of the Bank lending and advisory projects aimed at private sector development in transition countries. Additionally, he worked on enterprise restructuring and privatization projects.Andrei holds Ph.D. degree in international economics from Kyiv University (1998).