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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.


DHL Express
VP Customs & Regulatory Affairs
Bonn, Germany
I spent 26 year in the UK Public Sector before joining DHL Express. DHL Express is the world's most international company and so has a very strong interest in global trade. My team covers Customs Advisory, Trade Compliance and of course Trade Facilitation. We are actively supporting trade facilitation projects across the globe as part of the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation and with partners such as the German Government, (BMZ) and ITC. I have a background in VAT policy and customs compliance, spending 6 years with the IMF on modernization programmes. Key areas for stakeholders, trade facilitation, GATF, B20, the TFA, MSME's, E-commerce, the EU . I am a member of the APPG-TOP Inquiry focusing on looking at how the commonwealth can help developing countries via trade.