Nairobi Fourth China Round Table

Title: WTO Accessions and the Multilateral Trading System:
DOMESTIC REFORMS FOR COMPETITIVENESS AND DEEPER TRADE INTEGRATION IN THE GLOBAL ECONOMY
Date: 13-14 December 2015
Location: Intercontinental Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya

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The Fourth China Round Table is sponsored by the Government of China, hosted by the Government of Kenya, and organized by the WTO Secretariat, as part of the agreed activities in the China-WTO MOU .

In July 2011, the Government of the People's Republic of China signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the WTO on the China LDCs' and Accessions Programme ("The China Programme").  The China Programme finances the WTO Accessions Internship Programme and the annual Accession Round Table process, designed to build capacity and technical skills in trade policy, including on accession negotiations, for least-developed and developing countries.  The China Programme also funds the participation of LDCs in selected WTO meetings that LDCs themselves identify as priority. 

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"Reform-driven African Economies demand integration into the Multilateral Trading System on the basis of competition, undistorted and fair trade rules."

 

Introduction and background

The Fourth China Round Table will take place in Nairobi, Kenya on 13-14 December 2015. This will be the first in the Accession Round Table process to be held in Africa. The first three China Round Tables were held in Asia: Beijing, China in May 2012, Luang Prabang, Lao PDR in October 2013, and Dushanbe, Tajikistan in June 2015. The purpose of the China Round Table process has been to relate the results from WTO Accessions to the core objectives of domestic reforms, systemic updates of the rules of the Multilateral Trading System, market opening and integration into the inter-dependent global economy.

Programme

13 DECEMBER 2015: LOITA ROOM, INTERCONTINENTAL HOTEL
(INVITATION ONLY; Sessions in English only)

Opening Ceremony
Moderator: Mr. Chiedu Osakwe, Director, Accessions Division, WTO

13 December, 9.00-9.45

I. Special Session: Least Developed Countries: WTO Accessions and Post-Accession - Domestic Reforms and the Benefits of WTO Membership
Moderator: Mr. Joakim Reiter, Deputy Secretary-General of UNCTAD and Chairman of the Working Party on the Accession of Liberia

13 December, 10.00-13.00

II. Round Table Discussion: African Perspectives on the Future of the Multilateral Trading System ľ What are the Issues?
Moderator: Mr. Patrick Low, Former WTO Chief Economist

13 December, 14.00-17.00

 

14 DECEMBER 2015, MARA BALLROOM, INTERCONTINENTAL HOTEL
(English-French Interpretation provided)

Opening Ceremony of the High Level Session
Moderator: Mr. Chiedu Osakwe, Director, Accessions Division, WTO

14 December, 9.00-9.45

III. High Level Session: International Economic Cooperation and African Perspectives on the Future of the Multilateral Trading System
Moderator: Mr. Chiedu Osakwe, Director, Accessions Division, WTO

14 December, 10.00