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SERVICES: SYMPOSIUM — 28-29 APRIL 2005

Symposium on Cross-Border Supply of Services

In December 2004, the Special Session of the Council for Trade in Services had tasked the Secretariat with organizing a Symposium on Cross-Border Supply of Services. The Symposium provided a platform for information exchange and discussion on different aspects of cross-border supply of services. It brought together government officials, representatives of international organisations, and other experts and stakeholders. The Symposium was aimed at enhancing the understanding of participants of the growing economic importance of cross-border services transactions, providing insight into the experience of private sector service suppliers and discussing regulator's experience. It also allowed to discuss the role of the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) for the liberalization of cross-border trade in services.

This event was intended to advance the process of internal consultation and coordination in WTO Member countries and thus help them to make informed decisions in the services negotiations under the Doha Development Agenda.

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Thursday 28 April 2005

10.00-10.15

Introduction by the Chairman: Objectives of the Symposium

Rufus Yerxa, Deputy-Director General, WTO
  

  

10.15-12.00

Session I: Economic Importance of Cross-Border Trade — Recent Trends

Michael Engman, Consultant, Trade Directorate, OECD
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Mina Mashayekhi, Head, Trade Negotiations and Commercial Diplomacy Branch, DITC, UNCTAD
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Andreas Maurer, Chief of Section, International Trade Statistics Section, WTO
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Anne Miroux, Head, Investment Issues Analysis Branch, DITE, UNCTAD
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12.00-13.00

Session 2: The Private Sector's Experience

Bernard Courtois, President & CEO, Information Technology Association (ITAC), Canada

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Ernest L. Cu, President and Chief Executive Officer, SPI Technologies Inc., The Philippines

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15.00-16.30

Session 2 (cont'): The Private Sector's Experience

Alastair Evans, Head, Government Affairs, Lloyd's, UK
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Douglas Gregory, Vice President, Governmental Programs, IBM (Europe, Middle East, Africa), Belgium
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Ajoyendra Mukherjee, Vice-President, Tata Consultancy Services, India

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16.30-18.00

Session 3: The Regulator's Experience

Sebastián Sáez, Consultant, Chile

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William Thorn, Counsellor (Education), Australian Delegation to the OECD, Paris

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Alastair Tosh, International Strategy & Policy Co-ordination, Financial Services Authority, UK
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Friday 29 April 2005  back to top

10.00-10.40

Session 4: GATS and Cross-Border Trade

Hamid Mamdouh, Director, Trade in Services Division, WTO
Mireille Cossy, Counsellor, Trade in Services Division, WTO

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10.40-11.40

Session 5: Constraints With the Existing GATS Framework and Schedules of Specific Commitments

Aaditya Mattoo, Lead Economist, World Bank and
Sacha Wunsch-Vincent
, Economist, OECD & Visiting Fellow, Institute for International Economics
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11.40-13.00

Session 6: Regulatory Issues Related to Cross-Border Trade

Joel Trachtman, Professor, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, United States

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Massimo Geloso Grosso, Trade Policy Analyst, Trade Directorate, OECD

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Thomas Chan, Deputy Representative, Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, Geneva
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15.00-17.00

Final Panel: Possible Approaches to Promote Further Liberalization Within the GATS, Taking Into Account National Experience

David Hartridge, Director, White and Case International Trade, Geneva
Alejandro Jara, Ambassador, Permanent Mission of Chile to the WTO, Geneva
Hamid Mamdouh, Director, Trade in Services Division, WTO
Aaditya Mattoo, Lead Economist, World Bank
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Moreover, the following documents were made available during the Symposium:

WTO, E-commerce and Information Technologies

Sacha Wunsch-Vincent and Joanna McIntosh

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Pre-empting protectionism in services: the GATS and outsourcing

Aaditya Mattoo and Sacha Wunsch-Vincent

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Loosening the shackles: the future of global higher education
Prof. Michael R. Czinkota
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Growth in Services
Fostering Employment, Productivity and Innovation
OECD
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International sourcing of it and business process services:
experiences from the United States, the European Union and India
Michael Engman

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Distinguishing Domestic Regulation from Market Access in GATT and GATS

Joost Pauwelyn

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