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ECONOMIC RESEARCH AND STATISTICS: THINKING AHEAD ON INTERNATIONAL TRADE (TAIT), GENEVA, 17-18 SEPTEMBER 2009
 

Challenges facing the world trade system

The Thinking Ahead on International Trade's conference on “Challenges Facing the World Trade System” took place at the WTO on 17-18 September 2009.

Director General's Opening Remarks

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Conference background & goals

The TAIT programme, run by the Graduate Institute’s Centre for Trade and Economic Integration (CTEI), is a 4-year research programme devoted to the analyses of medium-term challenges facing the international trade system in general and the WTO in particular. The goal of this conference is to establish priorities for further study on the medium-term challenges. To this end, the conference will:

  • Collect views from business, governments and scholars on the medium-run challenges that the world trade system must address in the coming decades, notably after the successful conclusion of the Doha negotiations.
  • Establish priorities for future research and dialogue.

The conference will consist of 5 Round Tables each supported by a background briefing paper summarising the state of knowledge on the various challenges and the major policy options under discussion. Each Round Table will consist of a trade diplomat, a business person, and an academic, with ample time left for contributions and reactions from the floor.

The intended audience is members of the Geneva trade policy making community, NGOs, national governments, the business community and academics. The conference is organised in collaboration with the Economic Research and Statistics Division of the Secretariat of the World Trade Organization.

Programme

Thursday, 17th September 2009

9.30-10.00

Opening Remarks

  • Pascal Lamy, Director General, WTO
    Speech

Audio: Listen to the opening remarks — Pascal Lamy, Director General, WTO and Richard Baldwin, Professor, Graduate Institute, Geneva, and Director, Centre for Trade and Economic Integration    > help

 

10.00-12.00

Why not in the WTO? Liberalisation, rules, and forum choice

  • Background briefing document by Richard Baldwin, Professor, Graduate Institute, Geneva, and Director, Centre for Trade and Economic Integration and

  • Theresa Carpenter, Executive Director, Centre for Trade and Economic Integration

  • Chair: Carsten Fink, Chief Economist , World Intellectual Property Organisation

Discussants:

  • H.E. Mr Mario Matus, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Chile to the WTO

  • Reinhart Quick, Director, Brussels office, German Chemical Industry Association

  • Andreas Dür, Professor of International Relations, University of Salzburg

 Audio: Listen to session 1 — Why not in the WTO? Liberalisation, rules, and forum choice    > help   

  

13.30-15.30

New trade issues in energy, natural resources, and food

  • Background briefing document by Tim Josling, Professor, Food Research Institute at Stanford

  • Chair: Andre Sapir, Professor, Université Libre de Bruxelles and Bruegel

Discussants:

  • H.E. Mr Faizel Ismail, Head of Delegation, Permanent Representative of South Africa to the WTO

  • Juan Gonzalez-Valero, Head of Corporate Responsibility, Syngenta

  • Joost Pauwelyn, Professor, Graduate Institute, Geneva, and Director, Centre for Trade and Economic Integration

 Audio: Listen to session 2 — New trade issues in energy, natural resources, and food    > help   

  

16.00-18.00

The WTO and climate change: challenges and options

  • Background briefing document by Gary Hufbauer, Reginald Jones Senior Fellow and Jisun Kim, Research Assistant, both Peterson Institute for International Economics

  • Chair: Urs Luterbacher, Professor, Graduate Institute, Geneva

Discussants:

  • H.E. Mr Fernando de Mateo y Venturini, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Mexico to the WTO

  • Urs Näf, Deputy Head, Economic Policy, Economiesuisse, Zurich

  • Biswajit Dhar, Director General, Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), New Delhi

 Audio: Listen to session 3 — The WTO and climate change: challenges and options    > help   

  

 

Friday, 18th September 2009

 

9.30-13.30

WTO rules for coping with economic crises

  • Background briefing document by Simon Evenett, Professor of International Trade and Economic Development, and Director of Swiss Institute for International Economics at the University of St. Gallen

  • Chair: Theresa Carpenter, Executive Director, Centre for Trade and Economic Integration at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva

Discussants:

  • H.E. Mr Ujal Singh Bhatia, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of India to the WTO

  • Patrick Messerlin, Professor, Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris

Audio: Listen to session 4 — WTO rules for coping with economic crises    > help   

  

11.00-13.00

WTO decision making for the future

  • Background briefing document by Patrick Low, Director, Economic Research and Statistics Division, WTO and Adjunct Professor, Graduate Institute, Geneva

  • Chair: Carolyn Deere-Birkbeck, Director, Global Trade Governance Project, University College, Oxford

Discussants:

  • H.E. Mr Peter Grey, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Australia to the WTO

  • Dukgeun Ahn, Professor, Graduate School of International Studies, Seoul National University

  • Gary Campkin, Head, International Group, CBI

Audio: Listen to session 5 — WTO decision making for the future    > help   

  

13.00-13.30 Closing remarks

  
Conference Organising Committee

Richard Baldwin, Professor, Graduate Institute, Geneva, and Director, Centre for Trade and Economic Integration

Theresa Carpenter, Executive Director, Centre for Trade and Economic Integration, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

Simon Evenett, Professor of International Trade and Economic Development, and Director of Swiss Institute for International Economics at the University of St. Gallen

Patrick Low, Director, Economic Research and Statistics Division, WTO, and Adjunct Professor, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva

Institutions

World Trade Organization — WTO
  

The Graduate Institute, Geneva

The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies is an institution of higher education and research dedicated to the cross-cutting disciplines of international relations and development studies. The Institute, keen to draw on the synergies offered by its two fields of specialisation, offers independent and rigorous analyses of current and emerging global issues with a view to promoting international cooperation and making a contribution to the development of less fortunate societies. This small and selective institution that owes its reputation to: the quality of its cosmopolitan faculty, the strength of its core disciplines (Economics, History, Law, Political Science and Development Studies), its policy-relevant approach to international affairs, and its bilingual English-French education programmes.

Centre for Trade and Economic Integration — CTEI

The Centre for Trade and Economic Integration (CTEI) is a Centre of Excellence for research on international trade. Established in February 2008, the interdisciplinary Centre brings together the research activities of eminent professors of economics, law and political science in the area of trade, economic integration and globalisation. The Centre serves as a vehicle for disseminating research results within the “real world” and enables discussion and dialogue between the global research community. For further information on our projects and upcoming events, please check www.graduateinstitute.ch/ctei.

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