Regional Consultation on Harnessing Trade for Sustainable Development with Focus on Asia-Pacific Least Developed Countries

2 Dec 2019 to 3 Dec 2019
Bangkok, Thailand
By invitation only

The Regional Consultation was organized in preparation for the 12th Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO), which will be held from on 8 to 11 June 2020 in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. The ESCAP Regional Consultation provided a platform to discuss the state of play on preparation of the WTO Ministerial Conference and its relevance for all and especially graduating least developed countries. Participation by Government officials, representatives of civil society and selected business representatives facilitated capturing the current dynamics of negotiations and possible innovative options for reforming the global trade regime to be fit for purpose - as requested for accelerating progress for meeting the Sustainable Development Goals. The secretariat had also organized a capacity building session focused on application of newly developed tools helping decision making for trade policy options such as the Trade Intelligence and Negotiation Advisor (TINA) and datasets on non-tariff measures.