Africa Trade Magazine

A total of 90 sessions will be held at the 2015 WTO Public Forum from 30 September to 2 October at the WTO's headquarters in Geneva. Entitled "Trade Works", the Forum will focus on how and why trade works, and for whom. The sessions will be organized by a wide range of participants, including WTO members, businesses, non-governmental organizations, academia, law firms and international organizations.

The sessions will be organized by a wide range of participants, including WTO members, businesses, non-governmental organizations, academia, law firms and international organizations. Topics for debate include how trade can help reduce economic gaps between developed and developing countries, how trade provides legal guarantees for traders, how trade fosters global integration, and how intellectual property rights function for global trade.

The Forum will also feature two high-level plenary debates on 30 September.

For the first time, a women-only panel will open the Public Forum to discuss “Making Trade Work More Inclusively”. The debate will look at how international trade can close the gaps between countries, how trade contributes to socio-economic development, and how trade policy should be shaped at the multilateral level.

In the second plenary debate, entitled “Making Trade Work for Business”, the speakers will exchange views on how trade policy should be used to address global challenges, how trade can work better and where the WTO can do more for the private sector, now and in the next 20 years.

The provisional programme is available here.

SOURCE: WTO.CORG

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