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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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John Karr

Asia Foundation
Senior Director for Technology Programs
John Karr is the senior director for Technology Programs at The Asia Foundation. His current focus is on the role of online platforms in international development; the future of work; and distributed systems and blockchain technologies in the Asia Pacific. As the director of The Asia Foundation’s Online Platforms and Inclusive Growth Project, John leads efforts to promote learning on topics related to platform economies and inclusive growth, and encourages dialogue between the Asia Pacific policy community and the private sector. John also directs the Foundation’s efforts to focus on blockchain technologies by bringing together the private sector, government, and civil society organizations to develop partnerships and identify new opportunities and follow through for pilot blockchain initiatives. Partnerships with local developer groups and tech entrepreneurs in Asia are critical to John's work and support the development of new solutions to regional development challenges.