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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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Milena Budmirovic

World Customs Organization
Senior Technical Officer
Milena is a Senior Technical Officer in the Procedures and Facilitation Sub-Directorate of the World Customs Organization (WCO). Her responsibilities cover the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), including managing the WCO Working Group on the WTO TFA (TFAWG) and cooperation with the WTO and Annex D+ organizations. She also manages the Permanent Technical Committee and is involved in the development of trade facilitation instruments and tools. She also covers the Future of Customs file and the annual WCO IT Conference agenda.
Before joining the WCO Secretariat in May 2012, Ms. Budimirović served as Brussels-based Customs Attaché of the Republic of Serbia for three years, during which she worked closely with the European Commission and the WCO covering all areas of Customs business. In 2011 she was accredited WCO Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) Technical and Operational Advisor.
Prior to moving to Brussels, she served for ten years in the Customs Administration of Serbia. Her first six years she was involved in Customs clearance at a number of different border posts, after which she moved to the International Affairs Department in the Headquarters. She managed the WCO SAFE Implementation Project and was involved in various modernization projects supported by the WCO and the EU.