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.

World Economic Forum Meetings

World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2017

17 - 20 January 2017 , Davos-Klosters, Switzerland

E15Initiative policy options helped to inform trade and investment discussions at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2017 from 17-20 January in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, marking one year since the initial launch of the E15 Synthesis Report in 2016.

The following sessions relevant to E15 work took place:

Time (GMT+1) and Location Availability of Session to Public Description
ICTSD participated (represented by Ricardo Meléndez-Ortiz, ICTSD Chief Executive)
Thursday, 19 January
Private Digital Trade in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Examining e-commerce and digital trade governance in the age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Dimensions addressed:

  • What are the biggest barriers to e-commerce either in a regional or international context?
  • In what areas might trade rules help boost e-commerce opportunities? Where might public-private cooperation address e-commerce challenges?
  • What are the biggest barriers to cross-border data flows?
  • What models or best practices, emergent or existent, to address challenges and exceptions to cross-border data flows (eg. privacy frameworks, cyber-security)?
E15 policy options showcased
Wednesday 18 January
Private FDI in the new Global Rhetoric

Identifying strategic options for the 21st-century global investment regime in a fragmented world divided between investment liberalisation and protectionism. The session looked at key elements of the path ahead, including regional outlooks and innovative ways forward, such as investment facilitation.

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Wednesday 18 January
Congress Centre, Aspen 2
Public Governing Globalization

Four out of five jobs lost due to globalization have been sacrificed to technological change rather than trade. What have we learned about globalization to improve its governance?

Speakers: Stefan Löfven, Dambisa Moyo, Kevin Delaney, Abidali Neemuchwala, Bradford L. Smith

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Thursday 19 January
18:00-19:00 Congress Centre, Aspen 2
Public Protectionism: Back to the Future?

With current and future trade agreements in question, and business and development impact paramount, is the world heading towards a new wave of protectionism?

Dimensions addressed:

  • Beyond regional trade agreements
  • Facilitating global flows
  • Global investment and services

Speakers: Cecilia Malmström, Gillian R. Tett, David Abney, Min Zhu, Roberto Azevêdo, David M. Cote

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Friday 20 January 11:00-12:00
Congress Centre, Hall
Public Global Economic Outlook

What lies ahead for the global economy in 2017?

Dimensions addressed:

  • Growth in a low-rate world
  • Future of economic openness
  • Roadmap for emerging markets

Speakers: Haruhiko Kuroda, Laurence D. Fink, Christine Lagarde, Martin Wolf, Wolfgang Schäuble, Philip Hammond

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