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CORPORATE EVENT

Easing Regulatory Bottlenecks

(Organised by the WTO Secretariat)


Hybrid
14/10/2022 - 10:00-13:00

Those wishing to attend in person, who do not have WTO credentials, should email [email protected] for further information.

TBT Background Paper, draft open for comments
until 15 November 2022

Regulation is an important tool used by governments to keep people safe and healthy, preserve the environment and promote sustainability. However, when regulation becomes too complex, or when it differs unnecessarily across countries, costs can rise and trade can suffer. When this happens, differing standards and regulations can be counterproductive because they may undermine cooperative efforts to solve problems of the global commons, including those related to climate change, health, and digitalization.

A key tenet for WTO rules is that regulation and standards should facilitate trade, not hinder it. But non-tariff measures (of which standards and regulations are an important part) are notoriously thorny. WTO Members frequently attempt to resolve their concerns – often pre-emptively – at the WTO by engaging with trading partners, including at the Committee on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT Committee). This symposium will discuss cooperation on standards and regulations as a means of defusing trade friction.

Opening the symposium, WTO Deputy Director-General Jean-Marie Paugam will be joined by high-level officials from Uruguay, the United States, Singapore, and the European Union to discuss which type of multilateral cooperation is most effective in overcoming regulatory bottlenecks. These senior leaders will also offer views on what more the WTO could do to counter disruptions in supply chains that are linked to standards and regulations.

Programme

High-Level Opening - (10:00 – 10:30 )

Opening remarks

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Jean-Marie Paugam

Deputy Director-General, WTO

Speakers

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JosÚ Luis Cancela

Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Uruguay to the WTO

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Maria Pagßn

Ambassador, Permanent Representative of United States to the WTO

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Tan Hung Seng

Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Singapore to the WTO

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Maive Rute

Deputy Director-General & Chief Standardisation Officer, DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (GROW), European Union

Moderator

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Aik Hoe Lim

Director, Trade and Environment Division, WTO

Setting the scene: magnitude of regulatory bottlenecks

This part of the event will examine the nature and magnitude of the regulatory bottlenecks addressed by the WTO TBT Committee. Speakers will assess efforts to quantify the annual value of trade flows affected by these bottlenecks and the contribution of the TBT Committee in facilitating this trade.

Speakers

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Devin McDaniels

Trade and Environment Division, WTO
Presentation
Draft Paper

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Rainer Lanz

Trade and Environment Division, WTO
Presentation
Draft Paper

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Lucian Cernat

Head of Global Regulatory Cooperation, TBT and International Public Procurement, DG TRADE (European Commission) (European Union)
Presentation
Paper

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Anwar H. Shaik

Chair of the TBT Committee (India)

Moderator

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Serra Ayral

Trade and Environment Division, WTO

Policy dialogue: Key areas where regulatory bottlenecks can disrupt supply chains

A policy conversation on existing challenges in three specific areas where regulatory bottlenecks have a significant impact on supply chains will look at the environment, health and digital technologies. Speakers from the private sector, academia and government will focus on how more cooperation on regulation at the multilateral level can help reduce negative impacts on supply chains in the future. In particular, the dialogue will address three key questions:

  • Environment: How can aligning regulatory approaches contribute to more efficient climate mitigation and adaptation?
  • Health: How can more regulatory coherence support health and future pandemic preparedness?
  • Digitalization: What regulatory solutions are needed to avoid fragmentation in the deployment of emerging digital technologies?

Speakers

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Diane Wurzburger

Executive Regulatory Affairs & Quality, Developed Markets & Global Strategic Policy, GE Healthcare

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Dongming XIE

Vice-president of China automobile standards internationalization Center (Geneva)

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Wael Diab

Chair - ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 42 Artificial intelligence

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Chad Bown

Reginald Jones Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics

Moderator

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Mateo Ferrero

Trade and Environment Division, WTO

Closing Remarks

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Jean-Marie Paugam

Deputy Director-General, WTO

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