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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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Virginia Brown

Director, Office of Trade and Regulatory Reform
United States

Virginia Brown is the Director of the Office of Trade and Regulatory Reform at the United States Agency for International Development.   Ms. Brown has over twenty years  experience  in customs, trade policy, and development.  Prior to joining to USAID, she was the Director for Customs Affairs at the United States Trade Representative’s Office in the Executive Office of the President, serving as a negotiator for trade facilitation and rules of origin.  


Ms. Brown also served on the staff of the United States Congress House Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee.  Ms. Brown began her career as a lawyer at U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and served as the CBP Acting Deputy Assistant Commissioner for International Affairs after 9/11 to assist in setting up new cargo security programs during the formation of the Department of Homeland Security.