2009 Conferences

Geneva Trade and Development Symposium
Geneva, Switzerland – 1 December 2009
The Trade and Development Symposium was organized by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) to run in parallel with the WTO’s Seventh Ministerial Conference in Geneva. The Institute’s Executive Director was invited by the International Food and Agricultural Trade Policy Council (IPC) to speak about the results of the Institute’s “Alternative Frameworks” research project as part of a panel addressing options for pursuing agricultural trade liberalization. Other panel speakers included IPC officials Carlo Trojan and Charlotte Hebebrand, Professor Tim Josling of Stanford University and former WTO General Council Chairman Carlos Perez del Castillo. Please click here for Mr. Stoler’s presentation and remarks.

PACER Plus: Issues for PNG and the Private Sector
Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea – 26 November 2009
At a workshop hosted by the PNG Business Council, aimed at contributing to the Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations (PACER) Plus consultations and negotiations, the Institute’s Senior International Trade Law Counsellor, Keith Wilson, delivered a presentation on ‘The Potential Impact of PACER Plus on Pacific Economies’. Australia is already PNG’s major export market and also the source of most of PNG’s merchandise imports. Mr Wilson highlighted the potential effects of further regional integration and the incentives for greater reform efforts in Pacific island countries. He also noted the increasing focus on the private sector, including by international donors, which may offer a number of unique opportunities for countries such as PNG. The slideshow that accompanied the presentation is available here.

Alternative Frameworks for Agriculture Negotiations
Canberra, Australia – 20 November 2009
This international conference in Canberra was organized by the Institute as the conclusion of a multi-year research project into the viability of alternative frameworks for agricultural trade liberalization funded by RIRDC and ACIAR. At the conference, Executive Director Stoler and Associate Expert Peter Gallagher presented the overall findings of the project, suggesting that a “critical mass” framework for agriculture is technically and economically viable but not yet likely to receive political support. Other speakers at the conference included Brazilian Ambassador Fernando de Mello Barreto, DFAT Deputy Secretary Bruce Gosper and First Assistant Secretary Tim Yeend, U.S. Embassy Agricultural Counsellor Grant Pettrie, and European Union Mission Agriculture and Economics Expert John Tuckwell. Powerpoint presentations used by Mr. Stoler and Mr. Gallagher can be accessed here .

Eighth Forum on the WTO and Shenzhen
Shenzhen, China – 19 October 2009
The Institute’s Executive Director, Andrew Stoler, delivered a speech on the topic “Trade Protectionism and the WTO: A New Challenge under the Global Financial Crisis” to participants at the Eight Forum on the WTO and Shenzhen. Eighth Forum on the WTO and Shenzhen speech.

Conference on Regional Integration in Asia and Europe
Sussex, United Kingdom – 14-15 September 2009
Executive Director, Andrew Stoler addressed the Sussex conference on regional integration in Asia and Europe on the topic of TBT and SPS provisions in regional trading agreements (RTAs). Mr. Stoler’s comments, available here, are drawn from a larger study expected to be published by the World Bank as part of a handbook for developing countries on RTA negotiations.

Fulbright Symposium on the Australia-US FTA
Canberra, Australia – 24-25 August 2009
Executive Director, Andrew Stoler, addressed the symposium in plenary session with a speech on the economic impact of the AUSFTA. The 2009 Fulbright Symposium on the US-Australia Free Trade Agreement: The Last Five years, The Next Five Years brought together over 100 trade experts, negotiators and academics from the United States and Australia for a discussion of the full range of issues surrounding the Agreement’s operation and implementation. Mr. Stoler’s speech and slideshow can be found here.

Symposium on WTO Litigation: Issues and Reforms
Sydney, Australia – 14 August 2009
Executive Director Andrew Stoler was a principal speaker in this day-long symposium organized by the Law School of the University of Sydney. The symposium brought together WTO experts from Australia, Japan and New Zealand for an exchange on many of the key issues that have shaped the negotiation and litigation environment at the WTO over the past decade. Andrew Stoler addressed the evolution of subsidies disciplines in the GATT and the WTO. The paper which formed the basis for his remarks can be found here.

Governor’s Leadership Foundation
Elizabeth, South Australia -31 March 2009
Executive Director Stoler participated in a program for participants in the Governor’s Leadership Foundation program on 31 March 2009 focusing on the prospects for the South Australian Economy. Mr Stoler addressed the global context in which the South Australian economy finds itself at a time of international economic crisis. His speaking notes can be found here.

Conference on Multilateralizing Regionalism
Canberra, Australia – 24 March 2009
Executive Director Andrew Stoler addressed the international symposium on “Multilateralizing Regionalism” organized by the University of Melbourne and ANU in Canberra on 24 March 2009. In his comments, he focussed on open regionalism in East Asia.

Farm Foundation Round Table
Maui, Hawaii – 8-10 January 2009
Executive Director Andrew Stoler was a featured speaker at the semi-annual Round Table meeting of the American Farm Foundation held in Maui, Hawaii. Mr. Stoler addressed the group on the question of the Future of the Global Trading System. A copy of his remarks can be found here. Some 150 agricultural industry, academics and farmers took part in the three days of meetings.

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