trade policy reviews

The past 30 years and challenges ahead

A Conference organized by the WTO Secretariat, Trade Policies Review Division, to mark the 30th Anniversary of the Trade Policy Review Mechanism

Geneva, WTO Headquarters - Room CRI

Webcasting - Morning session

Webcasting - Afternoon session

Programme

09:30-10:00

Welcome by Willy Alfaro, Director, WTO Trade Policies Review Division, "TPRD" followed by Opening Address by WTO Director-General Roberto Azevŕdo

TRADE POLICY REVIEW MECHANISM - HISTORIC OVERVIEW

10:00-11:30 - Session 1

Origin and evolution of the Trade Policy Review Mechanism, 1989-2019

Moderator:

  • Clemens Boonekamp, former Director of TPRD

Panel:

  • Andrew Stoler, former Deputy Director-General, WTO
  • Harsha V. Singh, former Deputy Director-General, WTO
  • H.E. Frances Lisson, Ambassador of Australia
  • Irene Young, former Chair of the Trade Policy Review Body, "TPRB"

TRADE POLICY REVIEW MECHANISM - PRESENT AND FUTURE

11 :30-13:00 - Session 2

The Trade Policy Review Mechanism as a tool of transparency and peer review: the evolving trade policy agenda and emerging issues

Moderator:

  • Suja Rishikesh Mavroidis, Director, WTO Market Access Division

Panel:

  • H.E. Manuel Teehankee, Ambassador of the Philippines and current Chair of the TPRB
  • H.E. Ji-ah Paik, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea
  • H.E. Sunanta Kangvalkulkij, Ambassador of Thailand and current Chair of the General Council
  • Dr. Martin S. Edwards, Associate Professor, School of Diplomacy and International Relations, Seton Hall University; author of The IMF. the WTO & the Politics of Economic Surveillance, 2018

13:00-15:00 - LUNCH BREAK

15:00-16:30 - Session 3

The Trade Policy Review Mechanism as an instrument for technical assistance and capacity building

Moderator:

  • Peter Tulloch, former Director of TPRD

Panel:

  • H.E. Eloi Laourou, Ambassador of Benin and former Chair of the TPRB
  • H.E. Monique T.G. Van Daalen, Ambassador of the Netherlands
  • H.E. Xiangchen Zhang, Ambassador of China
  • H.E. Cheryl K. Spencer, Ambassador of Jamaica

16:30-17:30 - Session 4

The Trade Monitoring Exercise: achievements and challenges ahead

Moderator:

  • Peter Pedersen, Head of Trade Monitoring Section, TPRD

Panel:

  • Richard Eglin, former Director of TPRD, now Senior Trade Policy Advisor at White and Case PLC
  • Dr. Robert Wolfe, Professor Emeritus in the School of Policy Studies of Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario
  • Dr. Amrita Narlikar, President of the GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies, Professor of International Relations, University of Hamburg
  • Pamela Coke-Hamilton, Director, Division on International Trade and Commodities, UNCTAD

17:30-18:30 - Closing Session

The way forward for TPRs and Trade Monitoring

Moderator:

  • Clarisse Morgan, Director, WTO Rules Division

Panel:

  • Yonov Frederick Agah, WTO Deputy Director-General
  • H.E. Dennis Shea, Ambassador of the United States
  • H.E. Joao Aguiar Machado, Ambassador of the European Union
  • Roberta Piermartini, Chief of Trade Cost Analysis Unit, WTO Economic Research and Statistics Division