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INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY: SYMPOSIUM — 28-29 MARCH 2007

WTO Committee of Participants on the Expansion of Trade in Information Technology Products

The Chairman of the ITA Committee, Mr. Martin POSPÍŠIL will serve as facilitator.

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Purpose

— To conduct a review of the operation of the ITA over the past decade with the increased participation of developing countries;

— To provide an overview of the status quo or the dynamics of the IT sector, taking into account the latest developments in technological convergence and the impact of globalisation; and

— To highlight the prospects for and challenges to further expansion of trade in ITA products with a view to ensuring the original objective of the ITA is maintained.

  

Wednesday, 28 March 2007  back to top
  

10.00

Welcome  address to the symposium

by Mr. Pascal Lamy, Director-General of the WTO
  

  
10.15
  

10.30

Keynote Address to the Symposium

by H.E. Mr. Don Stephenson, Ambassador of Canada and Chairman of the Negotiating Group on Market Access
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by Mr Reinier Jens, CEO Philips Consumer Electronics Europe
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A.    Review of the operation of the ITA over the past decade

and the increased participation of developing countries  back to top
  

10.45

International Trade in IT Products

 

An Overview of Tariff Liberalization and World Trade for ITA Products, 1996-2005
by Mr. K. Michael Finger, Counsellor, Economic Research and Statistic Division, WTO
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11.00

Increased participation of developing countries in the ITA

 

The Philippine Experience in the Development of its Semiconductor Industry
by Mr. Ernesto B. Santiago, Executive Director, Semiconductor and Electronics Industry in the Philippines Inc. (SEIPI)
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ITA and the Growth of Korean IT Industry
by Mr. Lee Hyeo-eun, Director, Institute for Information Technology Advancement
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12.00

Panel discussions

 

Panellists:
Mr. Grant D. Aldonas, the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, Former US Undersecretary of Commerce for International Trade

  

Mr. Joachim Graminsky, Former ITA Negotiator of the EC
  
Mr. Joseph Tseng, Section Chief, Multilateral Trade Affairs Division, BFT, MEA, Chinese Taipei
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B.    Overview of the dynamics of the IT sector, taking into

account the latest developments in technological convergence and the impact of globalisation  back to top
  

15.00

Latest Developments in Technological Convergence in the IT Sector

 

Latest developments in technological convergence and the impact of globalisation — the experience of Ericsson
by Mr. Ulf Pehrsson, Vice President Government Affairs & Regulations Group Strategy and Product Management and EICTA Executive Board Member
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Latest Developments in Technological Convergence in the IT Sector
by Ms. Cynthia Chyn, Deputy General Director, Market Intelligence Centre, Institute of Information Industry, Chinese Taipei
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Latest Developments in Technological Convergence in the IT Sector
by Mr. Jaroslaw Tworog, President of KIGET, the Polish Trade Association
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Trade Technology and the Global Economy: the role of international trade and technology in productivity reform and economic growth
by Mr. Mark Macgann, Director General, EICTA
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Technological Convergence in the IT Industry in India — The case study of a start up
By Dr. Sanjeev Sanghi, Professor, Applied Mechanics Department, Indian Institute of Technology
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16.00

Panel discussions

 

Panellists:
Mr. Carlos Halasz, Hewlett Packard
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16.40

Impact of globalisation on the IT Sector

 

The importance, growth and market dynamics of the OECD countries; the development of ICT-enabled international sourcing in India; and the development of IT industry in China
by Mr. Graham Vickery, Information, Computer and Communications Policy Division, OECD
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IT industry in the developing countries from the development perspective
by Ms Geneviève Féraud, Head of ICT and E-Business Branch, UNCTAD
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How ICT and mobile telephony applications can contribute to business efficiency and the development process in Africa
by Mr. Raphael Dard, Associate Expert, E-Trade Development, International Trade Centre (ITC)
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The Costa Rican Experience in IT Sectors: The Case of Intel
by Mr. Emanuel Hess, Investment Support Services, Costa Rican Investment Board (CINDE)
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17.30

Panel discussion

 

Panellists:
Ms. Ann Rollins, ITI
  
Mr. Dick Klinkhamer, EICTA
 
Mr. Mike Nunes, US Telecommunications Industry Association
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Thursday, 29 March 2007  back to top

C.    Prospects for and challenges to further expansion of trade

 in ITA products with a view to ensuring the original objective of the ITA is maintained  back to top
  

10.00

Introduction of HS 2007 and its impact on the IT Sector
by Mr. Ron Heller, Tariff and Trade Affairs Directories, WCO
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WTO's work on transposition of HS1996 to HS2002, and the preparation for HS2002 to HS2007
by Mr. Jurgen Richtering, Chief, Integrated Data Base Section, ERSD, WTO
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IEC's role in ICT Standards — A key player
by Mr. Raymond Cordelier, Advisor to the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) General Secretary
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11.00

Panel discussions

 

Panellists:
Mr. Jaroslaw Tworog, President of KIGEIT, the Polish Trade Association
 
Mr. Vinnie Mehta, Executive Director, Manufacturers' Association for Information Technology (MAIT), India

Mr. Jeffrey Carlisle, Vice President, Government Relations, Lenovo

Mr. Kenji Fujii, Manager, European Legal & International Affairs, Panasonic Europe LTD (JEITA)

Ms. Ann Rollins, ITI
  

13.00

End of Symposium  back to top

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