How to develop tailored crisis-mitigation provisions in trade agreements to build resilience and better preparedness for future crises? The Session titled “Tailoring Trade Provisions to Crisis to Enhance Resilience” will answer this question. This session is organised by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with experts from the Asian Trade Centre, CUTS, Georgetown University and Hinrich Foundation. This session will present the results delivered from the global Initiative on Model Provisions for Trade in Times of Crisis and Pandemic launched last year by ESCAP together with UN Regional Economic Commissions, UNCTAD, WTO, and other organizations. The discussion will focus on the role of trade agreements in enhancing trade resilience in times of crisis; and options for incorporating such provisions based on a new handbook for trade negotiators.
Mr. Yann Duval, Chief of the Trade Policy and Facilitation Section at the United Nations ESCAP, who is leading the global Initiative on Model Provisions for Trade in Times of Crisis and Pandemic in Regional and Other Trade Agreements (IMP).
Mr. Bipul Chatterjee, Executive Director of CUTS International, a leading global public policy think- and action-tank on Trade, Regulations and Governance.
Dr. Deborah Elms, Founder and Executive Director of the Asian Trade Centre and Vice Chair, Asia Business Trade Association, working with governments and companies to design better trade policies for the region.
Prof. Katrin Kuhlmann, Visiting Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Centre and the President and Founder of the New Markets Lab, who is the leading author of the Handbook on Provisions and Options for Trade in Times of Crisis and Pandemic.
Mr. Stephen Olson, Senior Research Fellow at the Hinrich Foundation, who has been working internationally over 30 years in Asia, the Middle East, and the United States.
More information and registration: WTO | Public Forum 2021 — “Trade Beyond COVID-19: Building Resilience”