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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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Longyue Zhao

School of International Governance Innovation, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies
Professor and Dean
Dr. Longyue Zhao is an experienced international economist in China. He currently is an University Professor and Dean of the School of International Governance Innovation at Guangdong University of Foreign Studies. The School is focus on issues of the WTO, international rule making, and China’s growing involvement in global economic governance. He had been an Adjunct Professor in Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, and a Consultant in the World Bank in Washington, D.C. from 2003-2009. Prior to that, he has held several senior positions in the Chinese Government, as Director and Deputy Director General in the Ministry of Agriculture and the Policy Research Office of the State Council respectively. Professor Zhao holds a Ph.D of Economics from Renmin University of China, MPA from Georgetown University, and a WTO Certificate from the Institute of International Economic Law at Georgetown University Law Center.