Formulating policies and negotiating trade and investment agreements in the modern economic environment is highly complex. Implications of the New Normal trade negotiations are that policy formulation and negotiation need to focus on issues such as digital trade restrictions, standards, and emerging behind-the-border regulations and that modern trade agreements must address the nexus between merchandise, services, investment as well as sustainability considerations, such as emissions and labour standards. Hence, the task of negotiating modern trade agreements requires broadening one’s knowledge, providing new research evidence, as well as gaining knowledge of specialized analytical and data management tools that can reduce the time-consuming process of analysis and impact assessment. This workshop is designed to help trade officials in Mongolia to better understand these issues, so that they can more effectively deal with them during trade negotiations.
About the course conveyors
Rajan Sudesh Ratna is a Deputy Head of South and South-West Office of UN ESCAP, New Delhi, India. He is a leading research, policy advisory and capacity building, especially for women-led MSME for using digital marketing and e-commerce platforms for promoting their business and becoming part of regional and global supply chains. He earlier worked in Trade and Investment Division in Bangkok. During 2008 to 2010, he worked as Professor and Head, Centre for WTO Studies, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, New Delhi. Dr Ratna had worked for 25 years in the Government of India, mostly in the Ministry of Commerce handling the trade policy issues and trade negotiations in WTO and FTAs.
Henry Gao is Professor of Law at Singapore Management University and Senior Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI). His research areas include WTO, International Trade Law, Chinese Law and Law and Economics. He worked at the WTO Secretariat supporting negotiations among members in Geneva, as well as at the Faculty of Law of the University of Hong Kong (HKU), where he served as the Deputy Director of the East Asian International Economic Law and Policy (EAIEL) Program. As the Academic Coordinator of the first Asia-Pacific Regional Trade Policy Course officially sponsored by the WTO, he played an instrumental role in setting up the WTO’s flagship training program for the region when it was launched 20 years ago. He is a member of Advisory Board of WTO Chairs Programme and an Advsior to the Asia-Pacific Research and Training Network on Trade (ARTNeT), an initiative by the UNESCAP. He sits on the editorial boards of the Journal of International Economic Law and Journal of Financial Regulation, both published by Oxford University Press.
Sangwon Lim is the Development Coordination Officer/Economist, UN Resident Coordinator Office (RCO) Mongolia. Before joining the RCO, he worked as an Economic Affairs Officer in the Trade, Investment and Innovation Division of the United Nations ESCAP since 2009. In ESCAP, his work focused on trade policy, trade facilitation and paperless trade, including providing advisory services to countries in special needs and development and operation of trade-related treaties, including the Asia Pacific Trade Agreement (APTA). Before joining the United Nations in 2009, he had served for the National IT Industry Promotion Agency (NIPA) of the Republic of Korea for more than 9 years, specializing in application of ICT/electronic business in various public and private sector business domains, including international trade, Customs, value-added tax, logistics, public procurement, tourism, etc. He also contributes to the United Nations Network of Experts for Paperless Trade and Transport in Asia and the Pacific (UNNExT) a special advisor. He holds a Ph.D. in logistics management from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand.
Alexey Kravchenko is Economic Affairs Officer, Trade Policy and Facilitation Section of the Trade, Investment and Innovation Division of the United Nations ESCAP. His work revolves around issues of trade and sustainable development, non-tariff measures, illicit financial flows and trade misinvoicing in the region. His most recent work focused on trade and climate change and the development of an online platform to support trade negotiators in data analysis. Prior to joining the United Nations, he ran a consultancy which specialized in non-market valuation, choice modelling and geo-spatial online surveys. He also taught various undergraduate and graduate economics and econometrics courses in China (Shanghai International Studies University) and New Zealand (University of Waikato and Waikato Institute of Technology). He holds Masters in International Business and Mandarin, Masters in Economics, and a PhD in Economics from the University of Waikato, New Zealand.