Organizer International Trade Centre, Center for Economic and Policy Research & European University Institute
WTO Library 2019-07-04 10:45-11:45
Women are shaping every aspect of the global economy, including as leaders in finance, investment or trade.
This event celebrates the launch of a new publication that collects the views and ideas on economic governance from over 20 female leaders in policymaking, academia, private business and journalism.
Built around four sections, the book gathers insights and forward-looking suggestions regarding current challenges in finance, trade, investment and the global labour market in a context marked by rapid technological, political, environmental and social change.
Authored entirely by female contributors, this publication stands for gender equality not by discussing issues that matter for women in the economy but rather by having women proposing solutions to economic and financial issues that matter for all.
Join us for a lively discussion with the knowledgeable authors to hear their views on the key economic issues facing our time.
For more information and to download the ebook:
Organizer Asian Development Bank & Asian Development Bank Institute
WTO Library 2019-07-03 13:30-14:00
The services economy is on the rise all around the world. Services provide, in nearly all economies, the largest proportion of economic activity and employment. At the same time, the services economy remains relatively under-studied. The book presents latest evidence on how technologies and globalization have transformed the services industry.
Today, services are increasingly tradable under WTO rules and regional trade agreements. Some services sub-sectors are also seeing rates of productivity growth that are comparable to manufacturing. At the same time, services increasingly contribute to manufacturing success and that countries’ overall economic competitiveness hinges crucially on the availability of high-quality and affordable services inputs. Furthermore, a well-functioning services sector can accelerate human development through better access to basic needs, such as education, energy, finance, health, water and sanitation. Services can also become a source of good jobs that have less negative environmental and social externalities.
Overall, the ongoing structural transformation towards a services economy is a unique change to achieve long run income growth, which in turn helps to promote sustainable development. This book gives ideas on the how and is thus an indispensable read for researchers and policy makers alike.
- Bambang Susantono Vice-President for Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development, Asian Development Bank
Organizer World Bank Group & WTO
WTO Library 2019-07-03 12:15-12:45
The session will provide new evidence on how international trade can create valuable economic opportunities for the poorest and most vulnerable who live in rural areas, work in the informal sector, live in fragile and conflict-affected regions and face gender inequality. The evidence is based on 8 country/regional studies conducted in the developing world, namely, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Ghana, India, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda and Viet Nam. It will also highlight the constraints that hold back the poorest from taking full advantage of the benefits of trade and what policymakers can do to remedy the problems.
- Paul Brenton Trade Practice Leader in the Africa Region, World Bank Group
- Roberta Piermartini Senior Economist, World Trade Organization
- Robert Teh Chief of the Economic Modelling and Quantitative Analysis Unit, World Trade Organization
Organizer OECD & WTO
WTO Library 2019-07-03 11:15-11:45
Heads of the OECD and WTO Secretariats will launch a joint publication: “Facilitating trade through regulatory cooperation: The case of the WTO’s TBT/ SPS Agreements and Committees”.
Diversity in regulation, while sometimes resulting from legitimate differences in societal preferences and priorities, can in some cases be narrowed to facilitate trade and promote better regulation. International regulatory cooperation (IRC) between Members, through various mechanisms and settings, can help to reduce trade costs while respecting differences in regulatory objectives.
This publication explores how the WTO TBT and SPS Agreements, and their related Committees, set out and implement disciplines for domestic regulations and standards that at the same time create opportunities for IRC to facilitate trade. It emphasizes how key disciplines of the Agreements (e.g. notification of draft measures, and the use of international standards) and practices of the Committees (e.g. discussion of specific trade concerns, development of guidance through decisions and recommendations) promote cooperation.
This publication was co-authored by the OECD and WTO Secretariats. It was developed within the framework of OECD work on IRC, as part of a series of case studies of international organizations.
- Céline Kauffmann Deputy Head, Regulatory Policy Division, Public Governance Directorate, Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development
- Aik Hoe Lim Director, Trade and Environment Division, World Trade Organization
- Roberto Azevêdo Director-General, World Trade Organization
- Angel Gurría Secretary-General, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
Author Thomas Cottier, Professor Emeritus, World Trade Institute
4 October 2018
The definitive reference work on international economic law. This comprehensive resource helps redefine the field by presenting international economic law in its broadest, real-world context.
Organized thematically, the subject is split into four principal sections: the foundations and architecture of international economic law, its principles, its main regulatory areas, and the future challenges that it faces. Comprising over 250 entries written by leading scholars and practitioners, traditional international economic law subject matter is supplemented by coverage of newly developing areas. Thus, the concepts and rules of trade, investment, finance and international tax law are found alongside entries discussing the relationship of international economic law with environmental protection, social standards, development, and human rights.
This Encyclopedia is an invaluable resource for both practitioners and academics. It acts as a handy reference to all areas of international economic law, and provides the ideal starting point for any research journey.
Coauthor Krista Nadakavukaren Schefer, Co-Head of Legal Services, Swiss Institute of Comparative Law; Senior Fellow, World Trade Institute
Moderator Andrea Mastromatteo, Counsellor of the Rules Division of the WTO Secretariat
Library catalog https://w10300fr.eos-intl.eu/W10300FR/OPAC/Details/Record.aspx?BibCode=103888607
Author James Bacchus, Adjunct Scholar, Herbert A. Stiefel Center for Trade Policy Studies, Cato Institute
3 October 2018 13:00-14:00
In this time of unwillingness, the right kinds of global solutions are needed now more than ever. Climate change is here and intensifying. Anxieties over economic globalization grip many in the fear of change. While these fearful have turned inward into unwillingness, the world’s willing are working harder than ever for international and other cooperative solutions. James Bacchus explains why most of the solutions we need must be found in local and regional partnerships of the willing that can be scaled up and linked up worldwide. This can only be achieved within new and enhanced enabling frameworks of global and other international rules that are upheld through the international rule of law. To succeed, these rules and frameworks must for the first time see and treat economy and environment as one. The Willing World explains how best we can build the right legal structure to attain our global goals – and summon and inspire the willingness needed to do it.
Moderator Ricardo Meléndez-Ortiz, Chief Executive, International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD)
Library catalog https://w10300fr.eos-intl.eu/W10300FR/OPAC/Details/Record.aspx?BibCode=103927531