in partnership with the World Trade Organization (WTO)
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24 October 2018
15:30 - 17:30 Europe/Zurich

Organized together with the World Trade Organization (WTO), the high-level event will shed light on the evolving relationship between trade, investment and development in the new era of globalization and industrialization. The event will also discuss how the mounting trade tensions and the resurgence of trade and investment protectionism affect global trade, global value chains and investment prospects. Taking the Global Leaders Investment Summit outcome as basis, the event will focus on formulating strategies for developing countries to deal with ongoing and emerging challenges within the context of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development and their commitment to meeting the SDGs.

Issues for the debate:

  • What strategies should developing countries design and adopt to cope with the new era of globalization and industrialization?
  • How to translate such coping strategies into national and international policies?
  • What can international organizations do to assist developing countries deal with the issues arising from the resurgence of unilateralism and strengthen cooperation in trade and investment to meet the SDGs?


Director, Division on International Trade and Commodities, UNCTAD
Deputy Director-General, World Trade Organization
Minister of Trade and Industry, Ghana
Secretary (Minister) of Budget and Management, Philippines
Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Lesotho
Secretary General, Board of Investment, Thailand
Deputy Director-General for Trade Policy (G20) Trade Policy Bureau, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan
Chief Executive Officer, International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development


Director, World Economic Forum