Tuesday, 12 December 2017.
8:30 a.m. to 06:00 p.m.
Centro Cultural CCK
Sarmiento 151, CABA, C1041AAE, Argentina
Building on the progress achieved at the Bali and Nairobi ministerial meetings, the Buenos Aires conference aims at achieving concrete results on new rules for agricultural, industrial and services trade – as well as other issues, like e-commerce and the participation of SMEs in global trade – while affording an opportunity to strengthen global trade in a way that promotes economic growth and development. Panelists will discuss the outlook and opportunities for global trade at the Buenos Aires Ministerial Conference and beyond.
Micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) account for a significant proportion of private sector employment and, particularly in developing countries, represent a powerful tool for social inclusion. The panel will assess how can countries design rules for the multilateral trading system that contribute to the internationalization of MSMEs, helping them integrate into regional and global value chains and increase their presence in foreign markets.
Trade facilitation remains the single most powerful way to increase trade flows, helping to significantly reduce the times and costs of international trade. The panel will assess the trade facilitation landscape after the entry into force of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement and discuss ways in which governments and the private sector can work together to continue promoting connection to global value chains and export diversification through investment facilitation measures.
The past two WTO Ministerial Conferences have achieved significant progress on international trade rules in agriculture, including the historic decision to eliminate agricultural export subsidies adopted in 2015. Negotiations continue to address subsidies and high trade barriers that distort agricultural trade. The panel will discuss the opportunities to establish a fairer trading system that will increase market access, improve the livelihoods of farmers around the world and contribute to a sustainable food system.
The panel, organized with the support of the International Trade Centre, will discuss key priorities for ensuring an inclusive trade agenda, with a particular focus on ensuring equal access and opportunities for women entrepreneurs.
During this segment, the Argentine Investment and Trade Promotion Agency will officially launch SheTrades Argentina, a national programme of the International Trade Centre’s SheTrades initiative to connect one million women to market by 2020. The initiative supports the greater integration of women entrepreneurs into the global economy through enhanced policies, capacity building, financial services and access to markets.
The digital economy has experienced exponential growth over the past few years, expanding trade and investment opportunities and transforming business models. The panels will explore the ways in which countries can help develop a regulatory framework for e-commerce that continues to foster growth and acts as a nurturing environment for innovation, while addressing important issues like internet freedom, transparency, tariffs and trade facilitation, consumer and personal data protection and privacy, among others.