AGRICULTURE: Symposium

Symposium on the Agriculture Policy Landscape

Geneva, WTO Headquarters

This symposium has been organized jointly by the Agriculture and Commodities Division and the Institute for Training and Technical Cooperation of the WTO. It is open to stakeholders from all WTO Members.

The symposium will provide an opportunity to hear from experts in agriculture policy and trade from both developed and developing countries on the trends and future expectations of the global food and agriculture economy, and the implications for farmers and agribusiness. Discussions will also highlight contemporary issues of importance to developing countries. Speakers include experts from academia, think-tanks and international organizations.

PROGRAMME

Wednesday 13 June 2018

10:30 — Opening remarks

Deputy Director-General, Alan Wolff
Speech

10:45-13:00 — Session 1

Economic significance of agricultural trade – now and in the future

Speakers

  • Martin Piñeiro, Director, Committee on Agriculture, Argentine Council for Foreign Relations (CARI) and member of the GPS Network
    Presentation
  • Kofi Nouve,  Program Leader Nigeria, Sustainable Development Practice Group, World Bank
    Presentation
  • Dr Jing Zhu, Professor and Dean, College of Economics and Management, Nanjing Agricultural University, China
    Presentation

Discussants

  • Santiago Bertoni, President of the Paraguayan Institute of Agriculture Technology
  • Aisha Moriani, Joint Secretary Foreign Trade, Ministry of Commerce, Pakistan.

16:00-18:00 — Session 2

Evolving trading patterns in agriculture products

Speakers

  • Joe Glauber, Senior Research Fellow, International Food Policy Research Institute
    Presentation
  • Miriam Omolo, Director of programmes at the African Policy Research Institute (APRI)
    Presentation
  • Alessandro Nicita, UNCTAD
    Presentation

Discussants

  • Peter Gooday, Assistant Secretary and Chief Commodity Analyst, Australian Bureau of Agriculture and Resource Economics and Sciences

Thursday 14 June, 2018

10:00-13:00 — Session 3

Products, prices, and market participation

Invited speaker

Agricultural Development through ICT Application: China’s Case

  • Qu Dongyu, Vice Minister for Agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, P.R. China.
    Presentation

Speakers

  • George Rapsomanikis, Food and Agriculture Organization
    Presentation
  • Marion Jansen, Chief Economist, International Trade Centre
    Presentation
  • Terry Townsend, Chair of the Discover Natural Fibres Initiative
    Presentation
  • Matthias Knappe, Programme Manager, Fibres, Textiles and Clothing Sector and Enterprise Competitiveness, Division of Enterprises and Institutions, ITC
    Presentation

15:00-18:00 — Session 4

Agricultural trade policy landscape

Speakers

  • Carmel Cahill, Deputy Director, Trade and Agriculture Directorate, OECD
    Presentation
  • Lars Brink, Independent Advisor
    Presentation
  • Siraj Hussain, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations
    Presentation
  • Martha Byanyima, Comesa
    Presentation

Discussants

  • Flavio Coturni, Head of the Policy Perspectives Unit, Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission
  • Jason Hafemeister, Trade Counsel to the Secretary at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
  • Prof. Abhijit Das, Head of Centre for WTO Studies, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade
  • Doug Forsyth, DG Trade Agreements and Negotiations Directorate at Agriculture and Agri-food

Wrap up and Closing remarks – Director of the Agriculture and Commodities Division, Edwini Kessie

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