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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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Brendan Vickers

The Commonwealth Secretariat
Economic Adviser, International Trade
London
Dr Brendan Vickers is Economic Adviser in the Trade, Oceans, and Natural Resources Directorate at the Commonwealth Secretariat in London. Previously, he was Head of Research and Policy in the South African Department of Trade and Industry. He also worked in the non-governmental sector as lecturer, writer, researcher, and thought leader, including positions at the Institute for Global Dialogue and the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute. He has published widely on issues of international economic diplomacy, and trade and development. He is the author of A Handbook on Regional Integration in Africa: Towards Agenda 2063 (2017), and contributed to the 2015 Commonwealth report, The Commonwealth in the Unfolding Global Trade Landscape: Prospects, Priorities and Perspectives. Dr Vickers is a Visiting Professor in African Diplomacy and Foreign Policy at the University of Johannesburg.