The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) is organizing a regional dialogue on preferential trade agreements and inclusive trade, 21-22 June 2017, in Bangkok, Thailand.
The purpose of the regional dialogue is to bring together experts to review the contemporary thinking and evidence on the linkages between trade policies, particularly preferential trade agreements, and inclusive outcomes. Furthermore, the event will provide an opportunity to share and discuss experiences and lessons learnt by the selected pilot countries for the project in Asia and the Pacific in their efforts to liberalize trade and investment, especially through the preferential trade agreements. Special attention will be paid to their impacts on inclusive and equitable results such as enhanced employment opportunities; positive impacts on gender equity; and enhanced contribution to general welfare, in particular for excluded groups.
- Session 1: Introduction to Development Account Project, by Mia Mikic
- Session 2: Public perception about effects of PTAs and their contribution to inclusive and equitable trade, by Chen-Wen Cheng
- Related document Session 2: Report for Public perception survey on Contribution of PTAs to inclusive and equitable trade
- Session 3: Identifying the linkages between PTAs and inclusive trade: revisiting the literature, by Mia Mikic
- Session 4: Elements of PTAs with the inclusive trade outcomes: from rules of origin to e-commerce, by Biswajit Dhar
- Session 5.1: Investment provisions in PTAs and how they contribute to inclusive trade, by Susan Stone
- Session 5.2: PTA investment chapter and inclusiveness, by Sufian Jusoh
- Session 6: ECA-CII report on India-Africa trade and investment relationship, by Simon Mevel
- Session 7: The Economic and social impact of liberalisation through PTAs: Case study on Bangladesh, by Ali Ahmed
- Session 8: Role of PTAs for promoting MSMEs' integration in GVCs, by Masato Abe
- Session 9: PTAs with labour provisions and labour market outcomes, by Alberto Posso
- Session 10: E-commerce and PTA, by Duangthip Chomprang
- Session 11: Inclusive Industrialization for ASEAN in Global Value Chains, by Tanja Matheis
- Session 12: Trade adjustment in Asia: Past experience and future risks, by Matthias Helble