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INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY: SYMPOSIUM — 14-15 MAY 2012

Symposium on the 15th Anniversary of the Information Technology Agreement

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

The Chairman of the ITA Committee, Mr. Zahari MD ALI will serve as facilitator.

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Highlights from the Information Technology Agreement Symposium
Debate: Trade in information and communications technology products
 


Purpose

A.        To conduct a review of trade liberalization and evolution of global trade in ICT products since 1996, and their impact on developing countries;

B.         To have an overview of the latest developments in the ICT sector (new technology, technological innovation, and the global supply chain), the socioeconomic benefits, and as an enabler of sustainable development; and

C.         To look towards the future, what are the prospects for, and challenges to, a further expansion of trade in ICT products?

On this occasion, a new WTO publication to mark the 15th Anniversary of the Information Technology Agreement will be launched.

  

Monday, 14 May 2012 back to top

9.30

Welcome address and launching of the publication

Mr. Pascal Lamy, Director-General of the WTO
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Keynote Address

Ms Charlene Barshefsky, Former U.S. Trade Representative (1997-2000)
Senior International Partner, WilmerHale

Audio
  

Keynote Address

Dr Ryoji Chubachi, Head Vice Chairman
Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA) and Vice Chairman Sony Corporation

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A.    Review of trade liberalization and evolution of global trade in IT (or ICT) products since 1996, and their impact on developing countries  back to top
  

10.10

Trade liberalization and global trade since 1996

An Overview

  • Mr Andreas Maurer, Statistic Branch,
    Economic Research and Statistics Division, World Trade Organization
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10.30

Impact of liberalization on development and participation of developing countries

The Experience of a developing ITA Participants

  • Mr Bunrak Saraggananda, Honorary President
    Association of Thai Information and Communications Technology Industry (ICT)
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  • Mr Francisco Monge, Coordinator, North America Affairs Ministry of Foreign Trade, Costa Rica
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  • Mr Sudhir Kumar Marwaha, Scientist — Additional Director Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, India
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The Experience of a new Participant

  • Mr Ronal Barrientos, Head of the Peruvian National Electronic Government Office
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Industry views

  • Mr Shaifubahrim Saleh, President of PIKOM the National ICT Association of Malaysia
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Academic views

  • Mr Michael Anderson, Chief Advanced Technology and Machinery Division U.S. International Trade Commission
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Audio: Listen to the Session — Impact of liberalization on development and participation of developing countries
  

12.00

Panel discussions and Q&A

  • Mr Francis Kuo-Hsin Liang, Vice Minister & Chief Negotiator Ministry of Economic Affairs Chinese Taipei (MOEA)
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  • Mr Greg Slater, Director
    Global Trade and Competition Policy, Intel Corporation
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Audio: Panel discussion
  

Audio: Morning session
  

 

Afternoon session

B.    Overview of the latest developments in the ICT sector (new technology, technological innovation, and the global supply chain), the socio-economic benefits, and as an enabler of sustainable development  back to top
  

14.30

Latest developments in the ICT sector (new technology, technological innovation, and the global supply chain)

  • Mr Chih-Kung Lee, President
    Institute for Information Industry, Chinese Taipei
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  • Mr Akihiro Tanii, Vice Chairman
    Trade Policy Committee, Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA)
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  • Mr Wolf Meier-Ewert, Intellectual Property Division
    World Trade Organization
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15.30

Socio-economic benefits of ICT diffusion, and its significance for world trade and economic development

  • Mr Paul Kukubo, Chief Executive Officer
    Kenya Information, Communication and Technology Board
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  • Mr Torbjörn Fredriksson, Chief of the ICT Analysis Section,
    Division on Technology and Logistics,
    United Nation Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
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16.15

Panel discussions and Q&A

  • Mr Maurice FitzGerald, Vice President
    Strategy and Consumer Advocacy, Hewlett-Packard
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  • Mr Raphaël Dard, Adviser
    e-Business & Mobile Solutions Enterprise Competitiveness, International Trade Centre (ITC)
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Audio: Panel discussion
  

C.    In looking towards the future, what are the prospects for, and challenges to, a further expansion of trade in ICT products? back to top
  

17.15

On-going technical work
Classification divergences

  • Mr Roy Santana, Market Access Division
    World Trade Organization
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    HS transposition
  • Mr Jurgen Richtering, Statistics Branch Economic Research and Statistics Division,
    World Trade Organization
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Audio: Afternoon session
  

   

Tuesday, 15 May 2012  back to top

C.    In looking towards the future, what are the prospects for, and challenges to, a further expansion of trade in ICT products? (Cont'd)  back to top
  

9.45

The benefits of the ITA — views from a business perspective

 

10.15

Factors that will influence future investment and trade flows, views from a business perspective

What is needed by industry?

  • Mr Ulf Pehrsson, Vice President
    Government and Industry Relations, Ericsson Member of the Trade Commission International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
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  • Mr Hendrik Abma, Director General
    European Semiconductor Industry Association (ESIA)
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What are the needs in terms of trade policy, regulatory, and business environment for the ICT sector?

  • Dr Erkki Ormala, Vice President
    Business Environment Corporate Relations and Responsibility, Nokia Corporation
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11.00

Challenges and possible solutions to expanding trade in ICT products

  • Mr Pierre de Ruvo, Executive Secretary
    Worldwide System for Conformity Testing and Certification of Electrotechnical Equipment and Components(IECEE)
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11.45

Panel discussions and Q&A

  • Mr Michitaka Nakatomi, Senior Fellow
    Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan (RIETI), Japan
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  • Ms Dorothy Dwoskin, Senior Director
    Global Trade Policy & Strategy, Microsoft Corporation
  • Mr Shaifubahrim Saleh, President of PIKOM, the National ICT Association of Malaysia
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Audio: Panel discussion
  

12.45

Closing session

 

 

The facilitator will provide a summary of the day and a half Symposium. Participants will have an opportunity to have a final discussion and provide comments and feedback and any last remarks on the Symposium
  

Audio: Morning session
  

13.00

End of Symposium  back to top

  


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 PUBLICATION

15 Years of the Information Technology Agreement Trade, innovation and global production networks

 

  

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