Date and Time: Wednesday 4th December 2013 ~~~ 16:30 – 18:00
Location: Bougainville Room
Theme: Strengthening the Multilateral Trading System (E15initiative Stream)


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Session Objectives

As the WTO approaches its 20 years of existence, we propose to take a look at what's ahead for the Multilateral Trade System. This session will be organised around an interactive panel that looks at the most salient issues towards the 2020 world economy. Questions such as the ever-more complex trade and investment agreements landscape; harnessing the digital economy to non-discrimination, consumer protection and the generation of public goods; the role of trade in promoting inclusive business (SMEs in the 21st Century economy); reinvigorating manufacturing – new industrial policy and the trade system; responding to heat and tension in a climate changed scenario; the WTO and the oceans and fisheries crises.