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25 to 29 January 2021 | By invitation only

Due to measures in place regarding the containment of the COVID-19 pandemic in Thailand,  please note that the seventh session of the Committee on Trade and Investment will be delivered entirely in a virtual format using the KUDO videoconference platform. Please email us at [email protected] if you have missed registering delegates or speakers for the use of KUDO videoconference platform for the session.

 

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to change the way we live and work. To ensure the safety and wellbeing of all participants as well as taking into account the on-going travel restrictions in many countries, the Seventh Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Week will be held in virtual format with delegates to join virtually through KUDO videoconference platform.

Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Week brings together government officials and other stakeholders every year for discussions on issues of importance to trade and investment policy making in the region. Drawing on the presence of senior policymakers from across the Asia-Pacific region, the week hosts a number of engaging events related to trade and investment policy making, covering areas such as trade facilitation, trade and investment agreements, science, technology and innovation (STI) policies and responsible business practices. The ESCAP Committee on Trade and Investment (Invitation only) — the key platform for regional dialogue and intergovernmental collaboration on trade and investment — will convene its seventh session during the Week, from 27 to 29 January 2021.

Watch the Committee session live on YouTube:

27 January 2021

28 January 2021

29 January 2021

 

For live caption of the CTI, please go to: 

https://rt-caption.escap.un.org/TIID.html

Delegates may please take post- Committee session evaluation survey here: http://s.alchemer.com/s3/CTI7

 

25 Jan 2021
09:00
10:00
Demonstration of Online Readiness Assessment Guide for Cross-border Paperless Trade (virtual)
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Online Readiness Assessment Guide for Cross-border Paperless Trade is designed to support countries to conduct self-assessments of legal and technical readiness on cross-border paperless trade. The tool is relevant to all countries globally, as it can support the implementation of not only the Framework Agreement on Facilitation of Cross-Border Paperless Trade in Asia and the Pacific (CPTA),  but also the full digital implementation of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA).

The first version of the online guide is available at: https://readiness.digitalizetrade.org/

13:00
16:00
26 Jan 2021
13:00
16:00
14:30
16:00
27 Jan 2021
09:00
10:00
Demonstration of RIVA – Regional Integration and Value Chain Analyzer (virtual)
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ESCAP’s Regional Integration and Value Chain Analyzer, RIVA, version 1.0  is an online tool designed to better inform policymakers, as well as trade-policy analysts and researchers supporting them, on their economy’s integration through Global Value Chains (GVCs).

Built upon the underlying data from the ADB-MRIO database,  ESCAP estimates trade in value-added flows and indicators reflecting GVC linkages of Asia-Pacific economies with  economies around the world. The current version covers the flows of trade in value added between 72 economies in  35 sectors in 2007, 2011, and 2017.

Visualizations and indicators based on RIVA are available through https://riva.negotiatetrade.org/#/global-value-chains

10:30
13:30

10:30-11:00 hrs.

Item 1: Opening of the session

(a) Opening statements;

  • Ms. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)
  • Mr. Vangelis Vitalis, Deputy Secretary, Trade and Economic (and the APEC2021 Senior Officials' Meeting Chair)

(b) Election of officers;
(c) Adoption of the agenda.

11:00-12:30 hrs.

Item 2: Review of recent trends and developments in trade and investment in Asia and the Pacific including impact of rising protectionism and COVID-19 pandemic

12:30-13:30 hrs.

Item 3: Promoting inward and outward foreign direct investment in the post-COVID-19 era

 

15:00
17:00
28 Jan 2021
09:00
10:00
Demonstration of TINA – Trade Intelligence and Negotiation Adviser (virtual)
10:30
13:30

10:30-1200 hrs.

Item 4: The work of the secretariat and associated results and future focus pertaining to trade and investment under the subprogramme on trade, investment and innovation

(a) The work of the secretariat and associated results and priorities pertaining to trade and investment under the subprogramme on trade, investment and innovation

12:00-13:00 hrs.

Item 4: The work of the secretariat and associated results and future focus pertaining to trade and investment under the subprogramme on trade, investment and innovation

(b) Consideration of the future focus of the subprogramme, including its contribution to areas that should be mainstreamed in the work of all the committees in accordance with the Commission’s conference structure

13:00-13:30 hrs.

Item 5: Other matters

 

16:00
17:00
Demonstration of TINA – Trade Intelligence and Negotiation Adviser (virtual)
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Trade Intelligence and Negotiation Adviser - TINA (https://tina.trade) is an online tool designed to assist trade policymakers, as well as researchers and consultants supporting them, to carry out many of the analytical tasks commonly conducted in preparation for negotiation. These tasks require specialized analytical and data management skills and are time consuming when performed manually:  TINA automates such tasks, enabling countries with limited resources to benefit from the same level of preparation as those afforded by larger economies. TINA has been developed in close consultation with current and former members of trade negotiation teams throughout Asia and the Pacific, developed by a team of trade economists, coders and web application programmers using state of the art methodologies and technologies. It has most recently been used, at the request of the Government of Bangladesh, to assist with the feasibility study of a trade agreement between Bangladesh and India. Since its inception in late 2018, TINA has gone through a series of upgrades, with trade impact analysis of preferences added in 2020, and latest features enabling trade agreement text analysis. The launch of TINA 3.0 will provide an opportunity to learn and discuss current and future extensions of TINA, including through new partnerships both within and outside the Asia and the Pacific region.

29 Jan 2021
10:00
11:15

In this talk, Prof. Deardorff will look at the roles that international trade played, first in spreading the virus around the world, then in getting the tools for dealing with the pandemic (PPE and now vaccines) from producers to those who need them. He will also touch on the effects that the pandemic had on economies and on international trade.  And finally, he will discuss at the policies that the US and other countries used, some positively but often negatively, to deal with all of this.

Please click here to register to Zoom, or watch live on YouTube.

This ARTNeT Lecture Series session is part of seventh Asia Pacific Trade and Investment Week (TIWeek). For more information, please visit the TIWeek’s website or please contact: [email protected]   

About the speaker:

Alan Deardorff is John W. Sweetland Professor of International Economics and Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the University of Michigan. He is Permanent adviser for research to ARTNeT. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Cornell University in 1971 and has been on the faculty at the University of Michigan since 1970. He served as Chair of the Department of Economics from 1991 to 1995, and as Associate Dean of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy from 2007 to 2015.

Professor Deardorff has served as a consultant to many government agencies in the USA, and international institutions including OECD, UNCTAD, and the World Bank. He is currently on the editorial boards of several journals. He has published numerous articles on various aspects of international trade theory and policy.

His work on international trade theory has dealt primarily with the theory of comparative advantage and the Heckscher-Ohlin and other models that explain the patterns and effects of international trade. His work on trade policy has included analyses of anti-dumping laws, the safeguards clause of the GATT, and arguments for and against extending intellectual property protection to developing countries.

13:30
16:30

Item 6: Adoption of the report of the Committee on its seventh session

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