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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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Kai Mykkänen

Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland
Minister for Foreign Trade and Development of Finland
Kai Mykkänen was appointed Finland's Minister for Foreign Trade and Development in June 2016. He is a Member of Parliament since 2015.Minister Mykkänen is known for his expertise on energy, Russia and the economics. He was the first chairman of the Parliament’s informal and interpartisan working group called "the energy renovation group", which brings together parliamentarians, academics and entrepreneurs to define and lead a new narrative on energy politics.Prior to his political career, Mr. Mykkänen worked as Director for Russian Affairs at the Confederation of Finnish Industries, as investment banker in St. Petersburg, and as political advisor to the Minister for Economic Affairs and Employment.Minister Mykkänen holds a Master's Degree in Economics from the University of Helsinki. He is fluent in English and Russian. He is married with two children.