Regional Trade Agreements and the Multilateral Trading System
Thursday, 29 September 2016#WTO
Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland
Centre William Rappard, Room W
Moderator: Rohini Acharya, Editor
14.30 – 14.40 Opening remarks and launch of the book
Roberto Azevêdo, WTO Director-General
14.40 – 14.50 Presentation of the book
Rohini Acharya, Editor and Chief of Section, Regional Trade Agreements, in the Trade Policies Review Division
14.50 – 15.15 Panel discussion
Daniel Blockert, Permanent Representative of the Swedish Mission to the World Trade Organization and Chair of the Committee on Regional Trade Agreements
Bernard Hoekman, Professor and Director, Global Economics at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute
15.15 – 15.30 Questions and answers
The book contains a collection of studies examining trade-related issues negotiated in regional trade agreements (RTAs) and how RTAs are related to the WTO’s rules. While previous work has focused on subsets of RTAs, these studies are based on what is probably the largest dataset used to date, and highlight key issues that have been negotiated in all RTAs notified to the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) and the World Trade Organization (WTO). New rules within RTAs are compared to rules agreed upon by WTO members. The extent of their divergences and the potential implications for parties to RTAs, as well as for WTO members that are not parties to RTAs, are examined. This volume makes an important contribution to the current debate on the role of the WTO in regulating international trade and how WTO rules relate to new rules being developed by RTAs.
The book launch will take place during the WTO Public Forum 2016 held from 27-29 September 2016.
Participants are invited to register online at www.wto.org/PF16