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Jointly implemented by ICTSD and World Economic Forum, the E15Initiative (E15) seeks to turn old and new challenges facing the global trade system into opportunities. The initiative engages world-class institutions and experts in defining the ideas, strategies and scenarios for how the global trade system can meet the challenges and demands of the world economy and sustainable development today and in 2025. Grouped into 15 thematic issues, over 200 E15 members, foremost experts from academia, practitioners, business, and former policy makers, are asked to commit their knowledge and expertise to develop policy options that reflect the best thinking in the field. 

The E15 expert group on Trade and Innovation will be meeting for the third time in Geneva, Switzerland on Monday, June 2 and Tuesday, June 3 to continue their discussions on topics at the intersection of trade and innovation, including digital trade, intellectual property rights (IPRs), research and development, and trade secrets. Innovation and new technologies are key drivers of economic growth and job creation. While trade liberalisation and investment flows contribute to technology diffusion and innovation, absorptive capacity plays a key role and the strengthening of national innovation capabilities can improve a country’s ability to engage in and benefit from international trade. Promoting innovation is thus a critical policy objective pursued by many governments in the context of a changing global landscape where global value chains have become a key conduit for technology diffusion, ICT goods and services are important drivers of business and growth, and intellectual property is a strategic asset for achieving a competitive edge in global markets.

Despite its growing prominence in the global agenda, innovation has received relatively little attention as a self-standing all-encompassing issue in the multilateral trading system. There is no single overarching WTO agreement that deals with innovation. Innovation related policies and measures span a wide range of WTO disciplines and rules relating to subsidies, intellectual property, information technology, investment, trade in services, and government procurement. Against this background, there is a pressing need for a fresh look at the trade and innovation nexus. The task of the expert group is to explore options to enhance the contribution of the global trading system in support of global and national innovation efforts.

Attendance at this event is by invitation only. 

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Monday, 2 June 2014 - 12:00am to Tuesday, 3 June 2014 - 11:00pm

Implemented jointly by ICTSD and World Economic Forum, the E15Initiative (E15) convenes world-class experts and institutions to generate strategic analysis and recommendations for government, business, and civil society geared towards strengthening the global trade and investment system for sustainable development.

The E15Initiative Expert Group on Reinvigorating Manufacturing: New Industrial Policy and the Trade System met for the first time in Beijing, China on Friday, May 30 and Saturday, May 31 to discuss the role of industrial policy in a changing global trade system. Attention to industrial policy in both the industrialised and developing world is experiencing a renaissance in the twenty-first century. In order to foster competitiveness in a globalised market, governments today are likely to place a greater emphasis on promoting private sector investments in innovation and non-traditional economic activities. These new investments primarily focus on building domestic technological capacities and often involve public-private partnerships and innovative sustainable industrial policies. The aim is to have a holistic and long term impact on employment, poverty, and the environment.

Despite these many new features and initiatives, little attention has been paid to the link between new industrial policy and the WTO in the twenty-first century. Although the WTO already has many rules relating to industrial policies, such as GATT Article XVIII, agreements on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures, TRIMS, TRIPS, GATS and several provisions relating to special and differential treatment, a review of these agreements in relation to “new” industrial policies across the entire spectrum of economic activities in manufacturing, agriculture, and services has not been considered in depth.

This expert group will analyse the motivation and instruments used at the domestic level as well as those resulting from the web of regional trade and international investment agreements. It will also review the effectiveness of the new industrial policies in order to glean key lessons from available experience and evidence on appropriate policy initiatives that enhance achievement of the objectives emphasised by new industrial policies, understand how these policies overlap with the existing WTO rules and disciplines, and discuss how the global trading system could and should respond to the renewed interest in such policies.

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Friday, 30 May 2014 - 12:00am to Saturday, 31 May 2014 - 12:00am

Implemented jointly by ICTSD and World Economic Forum, the E15Initiative (E15) convenes world-class experts and institutions to generate strategic analysis and recommendations for government, business, and civil society geared towards strengthening the global trade and investment system for sustainable development.

The E15 Expert Group on Services met for the first time in Geneva on Thursday, May 15 and Friday, May 16 to discuss the role of services in a changing global trade system. In the globalised economy of today, services account for two-thirds of world output and employment, 60 percent of world FDI flows, and nearly half of world trade as measured on a value-added basis. Despite the growing importance of services in the world economy, nothing substantively has happened on services in the WTO since the launch of the Doha Round. 

There has been no progress on disciplines and no new multilaterally agreed market access. None of the “unfinished business” has been completed with regard to services disciplines (domestic regulation, subsidies, safeguards, and government procurement) and no new disciplines relevant to current concerns about services trade have been proposed to update the GATS (data flows and forced localisation, local content requirements, electronic commerce and state-owned enterprises). Many new services, such as express delivery, energy or environmental services are not covered by the GATS as the classification list has not been updated since 1991. Effectively, negotiations related to services have been frozen in the WTO and there seems to be no sign of progress or forward movement.

In light of this stalemate, 50 economies have come together to negotiate a plurilateral services agreement called the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA). In addition, preferential trade agreements and investment treaties covering new rules and negotiating approaches on services trade have proliferated. The resulting systemic implications of such treaties on the multilateral trading system have not been considered in-depth.

Against this backdrop, the Services group’s main objective is to develop a set of ideas, solutions, and proposals, on how international cooperation through the WTO and other mechanisms for integration will promote the contribution of services to growth and development. These ideas will ideally result in a menu of concrete proposals and can reflect different approaches and views. The group is not expected to arrive at consensus, but rather to reflect the best thinking in the field. The set of proposals should refer both to short term and medium term action, including options to carry into the WTO’s tenth ministerial conference (MC10) in 2015.

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Thursday, 15 May 2014 - 9:00am to Friday, 16 May 2014 - 12:00am