MIKTA Workshop

MIKTA Workshop on Regulatory Frameworks to Facilitate Trade in Services

The MIKTA Workshop on "Regulatory Frameworks to Facilitate Trade in Services" brought together a wide range of expert representatives from WTO Members, government, business, and leading international organizations. The MIKTA Workshop explored the importance of services regulatory frameworks for supporting sustainable growth and development and the competitiveness of services markets.

Geneva, WTO Headquarters - Room S1

MIKTA is an innovative partnership aimed at advancing the common interests of the international community. In the WTO context, MIKTA seeks to facilitate open discussions among WTO Members by arranging opportunities to enhance information-sharing and exchanges on issues relevant to international trade.

Workshop programme

Arrival / Registration / Coffee

10:00-10:30

Opening Plenary

  • Ji-ah Paik Ambassador and Permanent Representative, Mission of the Republic of Korea
    Statement
  • Roberto Azevêdo Director General, World Trade Organization (WTO)
    Statement
  • Ismael Ortiz Chargé d’affaires, Mission of Mexico to the WTO
    Statement
  • Arancha González Executive Director, International Trade Centre (ITC)

10:30-11:20

Panel 1: Services Domestic Regulations to Support Sustainable Economic Growth

The first panel explored the importance of services regulatory frameworks for supporting sustainable economic development and business competitiveness in developing countries and LDCs in particular.

  • Moderator: Miyon Lee, Deputy Permanent Representative of Republic of Korea

Speakers:

  • Rajesh Aggarwal Chief, Trade Facilitation and Policy for Business section, ITC
    Presentation
  • Vincent Valentine Transport Economist, UNCTAD
    Presentation
  • Pascal Kerneis Managing Director, European Services Forum
    Presentation

11:20-12:10

Panel 2: Current Discussions in Multilateral Forums

This second panel provided information on discussions held at WTO, OECD and APEC on licensing qualification requirements and procedures and technical standards.

  • Moderator: Patricia Holmes, Deputy Permanent Representative of Australia

Speakers:

  • Céline Kauffmann Deputy Head, Regulatory Policy Division, OECD
    Presentation
  • Sang-yirl Nam Senior Fellow, Korea Information Society Development Institute
    Presentation
  • Markus Jelitto Counsellor, Trade in Services and Investment Division, WTO
    Presentation

12:10-13:00

Panel 3: Sharing of Best Practices

This third panel focused on examples and initiatives delivered at national level.

  • Moderator: Syamsul Siregar, Deputy Permanent Representative of Indonesia

Speakers:

  • Felipe Sandoval Trade Consultant (former Chilean negotiator in services)
    Presentation
  • Ibrahima Diagne Managing Director, GAINDE 2000 (Senegal)
    Presentation
  • Anıl Gündüç Immigration Expert, Ministry of Interior (Turkey)
  • Harun Aydoğmuş Labor Expert, Ministry of Family, Labor and Social Services (Turkey)
    Presentation

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