The Third Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Week, organized by the Trade and Investment Division of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), concluded successfully on 22 November 2013 after five days of engaging discussions under the theme “Promoting Inclusive Trade and Investment”. The Week comprised 15 events and a multitude of activities designed to engender purposeful dialogue and interaction among Governments, businesses, civil society, international organizations, and academia on trade and investment related issues.
The Trade and Investment Week concluded today with the adoption of the Report, calling for strengthened regional cooperation in trade and investment. The Committee also agreed to move forward in discussions aimed at facilitating cross-border paperless trade, which will help cut barriers to trade in the region and assist in the adoption of more efficient trade practices.
Following the first three days of the Trade and Investment Week, the fourth day continued to feature interesting events. The Third Session of the Committee on Trade and Investment proceeded to discuss the future directions of ESCAP’s Trade and Investment subprogramme. The morning also kick started the two-day joint WIPO/ESCAP/UNEP Workshop on the environmentally safe disposal of IP infringing goods.
Day three of the Trade and Investment Week featured the start of the Third Session of the Committee on Trade and Investment, the centrepiece of the Week. The opening of the Session included the official launch of the Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Report (APTIR) as well as addresses from highly distinguished quests. The Session continued with a panel discussion on the timely theme of this year’s APTIR: “Turning the Tide: Towards Inclusive Trade and Investment.”
Ahead of the forthcoming 9th WTO Ministerial Conference, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) convened a high-level dialogue yesterday entitled ‘Reviving Multilateralism: Road to Bali and beyond’.
The second day of the Trade and Investment Week continued with a series of highly engaging events, featuring notable speakers and panelists from around the region. Discussions ranged from ways to revive the Doha Round of multilateral trade negotiations to the importance of creating a legal framework to support paperless trade systems.
The Third Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment week kicked off in Bangkok today with some 250 participants representing Governments, academia, NGOs and the private sector from more than 30 countries across the region. The day hosted meetings on topics ranging from responsible business practices, trade facilitation, aid for trade, sustainable agricultural mechanization, and south-south cooperation for science and technology capacity building.
Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Week 2013 opened in Bangkok today with a regional conference on responsible business practices jointly organised by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission of Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
For the third Asia-Pacific Trade & Investment Week the theme is “Promoting Inclusive Trade and Investment”. This is also the focus of the Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Report 2013, which highlights current regional trends, and discusses policies to ensure inclusive development outcomes from trade and investment.