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.

Trade and Development Symposium

Trade and Development Symposium

14 - 17 December 2015 , Nairobi, Kenya

ICTSD’s Trade and Development Symposium (TDS) was co-organised with the SAANA Institute and the University of Nairobi alongside the WTO’s Tenth Ministerial Conference on 14-17 December 2015 in Nairobi, Kenya.

The biennial Trade and Development Symposium acts as a platform for meaningful engagement by more than 1,000 key stakeholders engaged in the trade and sustainable development process. This multi-stakeholder platform – outside the WTO Ministerial negotiation setting – reaches beyond the traditional trade community by also engaging policymakers at large, the private sector, NGOs, IGOs, think tanks, academia, and civil society.

ICTSD, along with strategic partners World Economic Forum and Southern Voice on Post-MDG International Development Goals, hosted a stream of events on the E15Initiative. At the TDS, the E15Initiative shared policy options that strengthen the WTO and stem from the joint work of the E15 experts to the trade policy, business and civil society communities.

The E15 Initiative’s activities at the TDS included a high level plenary and 10 panel discussions:

Date & time (GMT+3) Session title Speakers
15 December,
Plenary: Priorities for the WTO in an evolving global trade and investment architecture
15 December,
Requiring local content in extractive industries: Key E15 policy options for the WTO
15 December,
Leveraging finance for development beyond 2015
15 December,
20 years after Singapore: Need for an enhanced 21st century approach to international competition policy
16 December,
WTO rules on farm goods and fish: Towards more equitable, sustainable, and efficient global markets?
16 December,
Clean energy technologies and climate change: Priorities for the WTO
16 December,
Services and global value chains in the 21st century globalised economy
  • Sean Doherty – Head of International Trade & Investment, World Economic Forum
  • Stephen Karingi – Director, Regional Integration and Trade Division, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
  • Pascal Kerneis – Managing Director, European Services Forum (ESF)
  • Pranav Kumar – Head of International Trade Policy, Confederation of Indian Industry
  • Patrick Low – Visiting Professor, Hong Kong University
  • Paulina Nazal Aranda – Director for Multilateral Economic Affairs, General Directorate on International Economic Relations (DIRECON), Chile
  • François Rousseau – Partner, Industrial Goods & Services practice, Bain & Company
  • Sherry Stephenson – Senior Fellow, ICTSD
16 December,
The digital economy and innovation: Game changers for the multilateral trading system?
16 December,
Subsidies and industrial policies in a world of global value chains
  • Harsha Vardhana Singh – Senior Associate for Strategic Research and Policy Analysis, ICTSD
  • Ana Escobedo – Director of International Government Affairs, Arcelor Mittal
  • Bernard Hoekman – Professor, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute
  • Gary Horlick – Attorney, Law Offices of Gary N. Horlick
  • Mark Wu – Assistant Professor, Harvard University
17 December,
Regulatory convergence through the WTO
17 December,
The end of the North-South game: foreign direct investment in the 21st century
  • Georgios Altintzís – Economic and Social Policy Officer, International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)
  • Cristian Rodriguez Chiffelle – Lead, Trade & Investment Policy, World Economic Forum
  • Ana Escobedo – Director of International Government Affairs, ArcelorMittal
  • Nicolle Graugnard – Policy Manager, Trade and Investment, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
  • Moses Ikiara – Managing Director, Kenya Investment Authority (KenInvest)
  • Marten Van den Berg – Director-General for Foreign Economic Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Netherlands
  • James Zhan – Director of the Investment and Enterprise Division, UNCTAD

Trade & Development Symposium