The E15 engages key stakeholders – WTO Ambassadors and political, business, and civil society leaders – in policy dialogues in Geneva and around the world to help validate ideas, align interests and strengthen the impetus for change.
World Economic Forum Meetings
World Economic Forum on Latin America
On 6-8 May 2015, E15 members will participate in the World Economic Forum Regional Meeting on Latin America in Riviera Maya, Mexico.
E15 ideas from the Expert Groups on Regional Trade Agreements, Global Value Chains, the Digital Economy, and Regulatory Systems Coherence were discussed in a private session entitled “Latin America in a new era of mega-regional trading blocs” on 6 May.
E15 ideas and experts were also involved in a Strategic Dialogue on trade facilitation reform on 7 May. Latin American and the Caribbean economies are currently facing important challenges associated to low growth and fiscal constraints. Improving trade facilitation will increase countries’ capacity to trade and to integrate into global supply chains, helping fuel economic growth. The group addressed the following topics: trade facilitation as an effective tool in addressing major supply chain barriers; what effective implementation means; role of the private sector; need to involve and commit all relevant public agencies; how to monitor implementation and ensure results; how to encourage early ratification of the WTO TFA.
E15 ideas were discussed in a public session “Trade & Investment Outlook” on 7 May from 12:00-1:00 pm CDT. Ricardo Meléndez-Ortiz, Chief Executive of ICTSD and principal convener of the E15 Initiative, will serve on the panel of this session. Click here to view the live webcast.