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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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Dr. Maximiliano Mendez-Parra

Overseas Development Institute
International Economic Development Group
Maximiliano Mendez-Parra is a Senior Research Fellow at the International Economic Development Group, Overseas Development Institute. Max is a trade economist and former trade official in Argentina. He specialises in the analysis of multilateral and regional trade policies in agriculture and NAMA. He has worked in the analysis of regional trade agreements and unilateral preferences. He worked in the evaluation of the WTO negotiation proposals in agriculture trade and in their effects on food security. He studied the poverty and income distribution effects of the Doha Round in agriculture in many developing countries. He has worked in the assessment of regional trade agreements, including the EPAS, EU India, EU-Mercosur and the TTIP among others. He leads the work on trade at ODI, where he is involved in the analysis of the implications of Brexit on developing countries. He has worked on how trade and trade policy can facilitate industrialisation and economic transformation in general. Specifically, he studied how trade in services can foster productivity in manufactures and how trade facilitation provisions can help economic transformation in the different RECs in Africa. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Sussex.