30 September 2015 – 13:00 (Room S2 – WTO headquarters)

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Geneva Switzerland

Organized by:

  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) &
  • TILPA – Int Trade & Investment Law

List of Speakers:

Moderator: Ms Ekaterina Krivonos, Economist, Trade and Markets Division, FAO

Introduction by Mr Jorge Huerta Goldman, Managing Director, TILPA – Int Trade & Investment Law

  • Amb Joakim Reiter, Deputy Secretary-General of UNCTAD
  • Mr Marco Tulio Molina, Minister Counsellor, Deputy Permanent Representative to the WTO, Mission of Guatemala to the WTO
  • Mr Juan Millan, Acting Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Monitoring & Enforcement, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative

Abstract of the Session

This session is about resolving contentious trade issues and barriers affecting trade in agricultural and food products.  Tools available to address such trade issues include the WTO and regional trade agreements.  The session covers:

  • The kind of problems faced by companies and governments when facing a trade barrier (labelling, SPS, taxation, among others)
  • Case studies on resolving trade issues (successful and unsuccessful)
  • Mechanisms available in the WTO and in regional trade agreements
  • Requirement of national teams to prepare their positions and convey requests in order to improve access to markets
  • The importance of inter-governmental coordination and capacity development for officials and the private sector involved in resolving trade issues

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