2013 Events

Trade Facilitation: Identifying and Addressing SMEs and Consumers' Needs and Considerations

Dec. 04, 2013 • Bali, Indonesia | WTO Ministerial Conference

The main objective of this side event was to identify what are the key issues of interest to consumers and SMEs in TF in light of the experience of Members, international cooperation agencies and other key stakeholders. The event also explored regulatory and institutional options to respond to those needs and considerations and on how a potential WTO TF outcome could contribute to consumer welfare and SMEs competitiveness.

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Trade Facilitation: Addressing Consumer and SME Interests and Concerns in Developing Countries

Oct. 03, 2013 • Geneva, Switzerland | WTO Public Forum

This workshop organised by CUTS International aimed to identify key issues of interest to consumers and SMEs in trade facilitation, and how they are being considered in the current WTO negotiations. It also discussed how trade facilitation can contribute to consumer welfare and SME competitiveness.

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The Neglected Imperative in Trade and Development: Innovation as a Growth Strategy for the Global South

Oct. 01, 2013 • Geneva, Switzerland | WTO Public Forum

CUTS International and the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie organised this session that examined the relationship between innovation and trade in developing and least-developed countries, with an emphasis on Francophone nations.

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Climate, Food, Trade: Bringing Coherence into East African Policy Responses

Sep. 23-24, 2013 • Kampala, Uganda | PACT EAC Project

From 23 to 24 September, leaders from diverse backgrounds coming from all parts of the East African Community (EAC) gathered in Kampala to take forward several recommendations made by the PACT EAC Project - a CUTS International Geneva-led regional initiative that aims to build capacities in the region for more coordinated policies at the interplay of trade, climate change and food security, and strengthen Geneva-grassroots linkages.

Aid for Trade, Regional and Global Value Chains and the Role of Trilateral Cooperation

July 09, 2013 • Geneva, Switzerland | 4th Global Aid for Trade Review

Multi-stakeholder coordination is inherent to the Trilateral Development Cooperation model of implementing aid projects, which provides an ideal platform for regional Aid for Trade projects. It goes far beyond simple tripartite aid initiatives involving donors from developed and developing regions and recipient countries. It involves participation of a wide range of stakeholders in various capacities. In this session, the state of regional value chains in selected developing regions, particularly in South Asia, Eastern and Southern Africa and in Mercosur, and possibilities of linking them with global value chains, were explored.

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CUTS' 30th Anniversary Lectures: Pascal Lamy and Supachai Panitchpakdi

July 09, 2013 • Geneva, Switzerland

On July 9, 2013 the Thought Leadership lectures to celebrate CUTS' 30th anniversary were delivered by Pascal Lamy, Director-General WTO, and Supachai Panitchpakdi, Secretary-General UNCTAD, at the margins of the 4th Aid for Trade Global Review. Frederic Jenny, Chairman of the OECD Competition Law and Policy Commission, moderated the event.

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Towards a Multilateral Consensus on Trade and Investment: Bali and Beyond

June 25, 2013 • Geneva, Switzerland | UNCTAD Public Symposium

This breakout session during the UNCTAD Public Symposium 2013 brought together relevant stakeholders to discuss a Multilateral Consensus on Trade and Investment that would lead to a balanced world economy in the long term, while guiding preparations for Bali Ministerial in the immediate term. Balanced and fair trade and investment rules are a pre-requisite for a balanced world economy characterised by substantially reduced poverty, job creation, and access to essential services. However, development of such rules requires inputs from, participation of, and ownership by all relevant stakeholders who too often work in their respective silos – a situation that must be reversed by encouraging and organising multi-stakeholder discussions. This is urgent as the preparations for the 9th WTO Ministerial Conference to be held in Bali, Indonesia in December 2013 pick gears which will be an important occasion to shape a Multilateral Consensus for balanced and fair multilateralism.

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Climate, Food, Trade: Campaigning for Change

June 24 - July 29, 2013 • Bujumbra (Burundi), Nairobi (Kenya), Kigali (Rwanda), Dar-Es-Salaam (Tanzania), Kampala (Uganda) | PACT EAC Project

From June 24 to July 29, 2013 partners in Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda launched advocacy campaigns for promoting a more harmonious policy framework on issues at the interface of trade, climate change and food security. These campaigns launched on the occation of the fourth National Reference Group meetings of CUTS International's PACT EAC Project focus on key recommendations of national research studies released in March under the title "Climate, Food, Trade: Where is the Policy Nexus?".

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Climate, Food, Trade: Towards Advocating Strong Policy Coherence

March 17-27, 2013 • Bujumbra (Burundi), Nairobi (Kenya), Kigali (Rwanda), Dar-Es-Salaam (Tanzania), Kampala (Uganda) | PACT EAC Project

The third National Reference Group meetings of the PACT EAC Project were held in each of the five EAC countries on 17-27 March 2013 with the objective to launch five country research studies titled "Climate, Food, Trade: Where is the Policy Nexus?" and bring project stakeholders together to brainstorm about future advocacy actions.

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