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Global Trade Policy – What’s Next?
Onsdag 22 Juni 2016, 13:00 - 17:30

Multilateralism in the era of mega-regionals, global value chains and new protectionism


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Trade Policy Department, is arranging a major, public conference on international trade policy in Eigtveds Pakhus on June 22 from 1.00pm to 5.30pm.


The global value chain ‘revolution’, new technologies and the increased importance of services imply that trade negotiations of today need to focus on a much broader and more interconnected range of policies. Further, there is increasing evidence of growing protectionism in old and new forms – not least “behind-the-border” barriers that are hard to tackle with traditional trade policy. Third, some WTO-members now prioritise deep and comprehensive trade integration through bilateral and (mega-)regional free trade agreements and “plurilaterals,” increasing the risk of leaving the least developed countries behind. Finally, the benefits of free trade and open markets are now the subject of intense debate in many countries and anti-globalization sentiments are on the rise.


The outcome of the 10th WTO Ministerial Conference (MC10) and the Nairobi Ministerial Declaration may provide a window of opportunity to rethink and reshape the WTO’s negotiation agenda for the first time since the launch of the Doha Round. The conference seeks to explore how we through the WTO and the global trade system can refine and renew the multilateral track, while the past achievements are bolstered. The panellists will address questions such as how the multilateral trade agenda can be reshaped in a context of multiple free trade negotiation arenas, how global trade rules can tackle issues raised by the global value chain revolution and the rise of protectionism, and how a common narrative that showcases the joint interests of all WTO-members can be defined, including a rethinking of the way development is addressed in the WTO. Panellists will include important and central personalities in the area of global trade policy. WTO General Director Roberto Azevedo has been invited to make the principal key note intervention. The Danish Foreign Minister, Kristian Jensen will make the introductory intervention. Mr. Bo Lidegaard, former editor-in-chief of the daily Politiken, will moderate the conference.


Registration for participation is not open yet, but this will happen when the programme has been finalized. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Trade Policy Department is looking forward to seeing you at the conference.