Global Trade Dialogue: The problem as we see it, the responses as we imagine them

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

The WTO, and more generally the rules-based trading system, is under scrutiny. Concerns have arisen about the role of trade, globalization more generally, and technological change in the loss of manufacturing jobs in industrial countries and increased job insecurity. As some countries turn more inward, there are likely to be important implications for international co-operation and for the multilateral trading system in particular. Against the backdrop of MC11 this December, trade and the WTO will take center stage. How do we make trade more inclusive? What are the possible policy responses? What is the role of academics in this debate and how can they best influence policymakers? How do we strengthen international co-operation and prevent countries from becoming more insular? What outcomes in MC11 would best help trade and make it more inclusive?
 
On 5 December, academics and trade experts from Argentina, the Host Country, and other WTO Members will be debating these questions. The Dialogue will be streamed live on the Internet and will also be recorded.
 
Date: 5 December 2017
Time: 14:00 to 17:45
Location: Salón Velez Sarfield, Facultad de Derecho, UBA
 
Agenda
 
14:00 – 14:15 Welcome Remarks Luis Alberto Quevedo, FLACSO Director
 
14:15-15:45 Session 1: How do we Make Trade more Inclusive?
 
Chair: Robert Koopman, Director, Economic Research and Statistics Division
 
Speakers:
• Leila Baghdadi, Tunis Business School
• Dorotea Lopez Giral, University of Chile
• Pierre Sauvè, WCP Advisory Board
• Mustapha Sadni Jallab, WTO
• 2 or more Argentine Academics
 
General discussion
 
15:45-16:00 Break
 
16:00-17:30  Session 2: MC 11 and Strengthening the Multilateral System
 
Chair: Carlos Correa, University of Buenos Aires
 
Speakers:
• Vera Thorstensen, Getulio Vargas Foundation
• Michael Ewing-Chow, National University of Singapore
• Stephen Karingi, Advisory Board • Maarten Smeets, WTO
• 2 or more Argentine Academics General discussion
 
17:30-17:45 Wrapping up and conclusions
Ms Valentina Delich, FLACSO
 
 
Please note: If Chairs and WCP Advisory Board Members need any assitance please contact the WCP Team