The E15 engages key stakeholders – trade and investment policy makers, business and thought leaders – in policy dialogues in Geneva and around the world to explore and help validate ideas, align interests and strengthen the impetus for change.

Expert Group and Task Force Workshops

Breakfast Conversation on the Global Trade and Investment Architecture

01 October 2015 , Geneva

On 1 October 2015, alongside the WTO Public Forum in Geneva, Switzerland, the E15Initiative theme on the Global Trade and Investment Architecture (GTIA) hosted a breakfast conversation to engage policymakers, experts, and stakeholders to identify forward-looking visions, key areas of shared interest, and strategic options for the GTIA. The conversation was led by GTIA Theme Convener Ricardo Meléndez-Ortiz, Chief Executive of ICTSD and Principal Convener of the E15Initiative, and Theme Leader Carolyn Deere Birkbeck, Senior Researcher for the Global Economic Governance Programme at the University of Oxford.

Participants exchanged views about the challenges facing the global architecture for trade and investment, focusing on the greatest gaps or weaknesses in the architecture in terms of its ability to respond to these challenges and new dynamics in trade and investment. They also discussed what changes or improvements to the architecture over the short-term or medium term are needed and which would yield the greatest benefits from a sustainable development viewpoint.

ICTSD and the World Economic Forum will host many E15 expert conversations on the GTIA in 2015 and 2016. Attendance is by invitation only.