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TRTA: TRADE-RELATED TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE, CONFERENCE, GENEVA, 11-12 JULY 2013

WTO Chairs Annual Conference

The WTO Chairs Programme (WCP) was launched in January 2010 and now supports 14 WTO Chairs in universities in developing and transition countries. The programme aims to enhance knowledge and understanding of the trading system among academics, citizens and policy makers in developing countries by stimulating teaching, research and public debate on international trade and trade cooperation.

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WTO Chairs Programme

  

WTO Chairs Annual Conference
25-26 June 2012

Inaugural Conference of the WCP (25-26 May 2010)

 Event 

The WTO Chairs Programme is organized a side event, Aid for Trade and Global Value Chains: Issues for Policy Makers, at the Fourth Global Review of Aid for Trade. The side event will take place on 9 July 2013, at 15:00 to 18:00 in Room S2, at the William Rappard Centre, WTO

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Participants at the WTO Chairs Programme Side Event, Aid for Trade and Global Value Chains: Issues for Policy Makers, at the Fourth Global Review of Aid for Trade.

This year’s Annual Conference marks a transition as the WCP program is nearing its end. The Conference will take place over two days, with the first day having a strong focus on research outputs and the second day specifically addressing the achievements of the programme and reflections on the way forward.

The first conference day will be dedicated to presentations by WCP Chairs on the results of individual research papers addressing the theme “Overcoming Supply Side Constraints: Issues for Policy Makers”. This research segment will be open to Geneva based policy makers and academics in order to enhance visibility of the WTO Chairs Programme. The event may also attract participants of the Aid for Trade Review, which takes place at the WTO on July 8-10. Indeed, the theme "overcoming supply side constraints" is likely to complement well the discussions at the Aid for Trade Global review. 

The objectives pursued on the second day of the conference are twofold: to assess its achievements (with a focus on 2012) and to discuss the future of the programme. These reflections will be conducted by WTO Chairs, the Advisory Board Members, WCP Counterparts and the WCP team.

The first three sessions of the second day will be structured around the three pillars of the WCP programme: curriculum development-teaching, research and outreach. The output generated by the Chairs will be presented for each of these three pillars. The relevant presentations will be prepared by the WCP team of the WTO Secretariat, in close co-ordination and collaboration with the WCP Chairs in the run-up to the event. Members of the Advisory Board and WCP counterparts will be invited to contribute to the discussion on the generated outputs. It is expected that this approach will be conducive to providing a comprehensive and structured overview of the achievements of the WCP program in the past year and that the resulting discussions will provide useful guidance for future work.

An active and constructive participation of moderators, discussants, Chairs and participants would set the stage for the final session of the second day, providing further guidance on the future of the WCP program. A discussion paper will be prepared by the Secretariat for this purpose.

  

Programme

Room W, 154 rue de Lausanne, WTO

Overcoming Supply Side Constraints: Issues for Policy Makers

While trade opening is indispensable to development and inclusive growth, it is not necessarily sufficient per se. Supply side constraints may make it difficult for low-income countries, in particular least developed countries to reap the full benefits from trading opportunities.

Technical and hard infrastructure capacities, human resources, a weak enabling environment for enterprises, as well as transition costs are among the most frequently cited supply side constraints low-income countries face. They make it difficult for companies to expand exports in existing product lines, to move into new production or export lines or to allow exporters to stabilize their export position and survive once they have managed to enter new markets. Yet the process of diversifying exports is one that appears to be inherent to the process of expanding trade as statistical evidence has shown that diversification of exports and levels of exports tend to move together at least in early stages of development.

While there is ample empirical evidence identifying relevant supply side constraints much less is known about the design of policies to overcome these constraints. The objective of this segment is to provide insights gained from research by WCP Chairs on the design of policies targeting trade-related supply side constraints, including those that have been conducted in the context of the Aid for Trade initiative.

 

Thursday 11 July 2013

 

Opening session  back to top
  

 
9h30-10h00

Opening speech

Pascal Lamy, Director-General WTO
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Introduction to the programme and objective of the conference
Bridget Chilala, Director, Institute for Training and Technical Cooperation, WTO

Introduction to the research segment of the Annual Conference

Patrick Low, Director, Economic Research and Statistics Division, WTO

  

  

RESEARCH SEGMENT: “Overcoming Supply Side Constraints: Issues for Policy Makers”

Presentations should not exceed 15 minutes and the discussants will have 15 minutes.


SESSION 1:  Presentations of the research outcomes (1)


 

10h00-11h15

Moderator:  Richard Newfarmer

Presenter 1:  Mauritius: Export Diversification and economic growth:  The Case of Mauritius
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Presenter 2: Barbados: Diasporas, Innovation and Trade Diversification in the Caribbean
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Discussants:  Roberta Piermartini, Jorge Castro

General discussion

 

SESSION 2: Presentations of the research outcomes (2)


  11h30-12h30

Moderator: Raymundo Valdes

Presenter 3: Indonesia: Value Chains Governance in Indonesia’s Extractive and Natural Resources Export Commodities: Policy Notes on Its Upgrading and Diversification Endeavours
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Presenter 4: Jordan: The Potential Effects of FTA between Jordan and Canada
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Discussants: Robert Teh, Mustapha Sadni-Jallab

General discussion

 
 

SESSION 3: Presentations of the research outcomes (3)


 
 

14h30-16h00

Moderator:Pierre Sauvé

Presenter 5: Kenya: Non-Tariff Measures in Kenya: A Case Study
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Presenter 6: Mexico: Climate change in the international economic law
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Discussants: Karsten Steinfatt, Giorgio Sacerdoti

General discussion

 

SESSION 4: Presentations of the research outcomes (4)


  16h15-17h30

Moderator:  Alexander Sarris

Presenter 7: Russia: Russian Foreign Trade as an issue for national policy makers
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Presenter 8: Senegal: Informality, Regional Integration and Smuggling: Case Studies in West Africa
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Discussants: Marc Auboin, Faustin Luanga

General discussion

 
     

 

Friday 12 July 2013

Room W, 154 rue de Lausanne, WTO  

WTO Chairs Programme: Review of Activities and Learning from the Past

Taking into account the ending of the four years of the WCP in December 2013, it is time to take stock of the achievements of the programme, to agree on the best way forward for the final months and to discuss lessons learned from nearly four years of collaboration. In this segment, outputs of the year 2012 will be presented and discussed in separate sessions on each pillar of WCP activities: research, curriculum development and teaching, outreach.

The insights gained from these presentations will contribute to a discussion about the aspects of the WCP that may need to be reconsidered with regard to relevance, efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability of the WCP.  The original reporting templates, for instance, were not designed in the context of a results-based management (RBM) approach.  In 2012, new reporting formats based on the logical framework approach were introduced in line with the new requirements that ITTC activities have to meet. The experience learnt from last year’s programme and from the progressive implementation of the RBM approach will represent a useful input into the discussions during the final session of this segment of the Annual Conference, i.e. the session during which the future of the WCP program will be discussed.

 

 

9h00–9h15

Introduction to the review of activities done by the Chairs in 2012

Bridget Chilala, Director, Institute for Training and Technical Cooperation, ITTC

 

SESSION 5: Research pillar


09h15–10h30

Moderator: Marc Bacchetta

Overview of research conducted under WCP 2012 and planned activities 2013 (prepared by WCP team in collaboration with Chairs)
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Marion Jansen, Counsellor, ERSD

Discussant: Alexander Sarris, Henry Gao

Comments from the Chairs

General discussion

  

 

SESSION 6: Curriculum development and teaching pillar


 
  10h45-12h00

Moderator: Susan Hainsworth

Overview of curriculum development under WCP 2012 and planned activities 2013 (Prepared by WCP team in collaboration with Chairs)
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Gerardo Thielen, Head Academic Programme and Reference Centre Unit, ITTC

Discussant: Pierre Sauvé, Vlasta Macku

Comments from the Chairs

General discussion

 
 

SESSION 7: Outreach pillar


 
  14h00-15h15

Moderator: Fatima Chaudhri, Economist, Economic Research and Statistics  Division, WTO

Overview of outreach activities under WCP 2012 and planned activities 2013 (Prepared by WCP team in collaboration with Chairs)
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Mustapha Sadni Jallab, Head, WTO Reference Centre Programme, ITTC, WTO

Discussant: Ravindra Ratnayake, Diana Tussie

Comments from the Chairs

General discussion

 
 

SESSION 8: Looking into the future: Improving the WCP


 
  15h30-16h45

Moderator: Patrick Low, Director, Economic Research and Statistics Division, ERSD

 Main finding of the operation of the WCP and the way forward

Maarten Smeets, Head of TA Coordination, Partnerships and Internship Programmes, ITTC, WTO

Discussant: Richard Newfarmer

Comments from the Chairs

General discussion

 
 

Concluding remarks


 
  16h45-17h00 Alejandro Jara, Deputy Director General WTO

 

  

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11-12.08.2013
Sutyrin Sergei, Head of Department, World Economy, St Petersburg State University; John Baloro, Head of Commercial Law Department, University of Namibia; and Ghoufrane Azzedine, Vice Dean, Economic and Social Sciences, Mohammed V University-Souissi at the 2013 WCP Annual Conference