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  • WTO PUBLIC FORUM “Trading Into the Future” A Joint ECIPE and ICC Session

    Venue: WTO Headquarters, Geneva.
    Time: 14:15
  • Jan Tumlir Lecture – Does the Trading System Have a Future?

    Venue: Hotel Silken Berlaymont, Boulevard Charlemagne 11-19, Brussels, Belgium
    Speakers: Martin Wolf, the Chief Economics Commentator and Associate Editor of Financial TimesnPatrick Messerlin, Sciences Po in Paris, and Chairman of ECIPE’s Steering Committee.
    Time: 15:00

    Martin Wolf from the Financial Times will discuss the future of the world trading system in ECIPE's first annual Jan Tumlir Lecture.

  • ECIPE Book Launch: Razeen Sally’s “Trade Policy, New Century”

    Venue: Hotel Euroflat, Boulevard Charlemagne 50, Brussels, Belgium
    Speakers: Roderick AbbottnErika MannnSylvain PlasschaertnRazeen Sally
    Time: 12:00

    Razeen Sally’s new book, “Trade Policy, New Century. The WTO, FTAs and Asia Rising,” has just been published by the Institute of Economic Affairs in London. The author will present the main insights and messages of his new work. Two discussants, one from academia and one from European policy-making circles will give their views on this new publication, which will be followed by an open debate.

  • Supply Chain Security Initiatives and Trade Facilitation. Do Security Initiatives Deliver on Their Promises or is it Just Too Much and All Too Soon?

    Venue: Hotel Silken, Berlaymont, Blvd Charlemagne 11-19, Brussels
    Speakers: John Cooke, Deputy Chairman , SITPROnMike Edbury, Director, BERR, UKnFredrik Erixon, Director, ECIPEnAdrian van den Hoven, Director of International Relations, Business EuropenJoe Kelly, Deputy Director, Capacity Building Directorate, WCOnJohan Krafft, Deputy D-G, National Board of Trade, SwedennMalcolm McKinnon, CEO, SITPROnDaniel Mirza, Lecturer, University of Rennes, Research Fellow, CEPIInJohan Pontén, Analyst, National Board of Trade, SwedennMiroslaw Zielinski, Director, Customs Policy, DG Taxud
    Time: 11:30

    This conference will present a new comprehensive study on security initiatives by the National Board of Trade in Sweden, bring together world experts to scrutinize evidence concerning costs and benefits of security-chain initiatives, and offer practical and realistic advice on the way forward. The floor will be open to all present to discuss the delicate balance between security and facilitation.

  • Trade in Healthcare: Can Trade Remedy the Cost-Disease in European Health Care Systems?

    Venue: First Euroflat Hotel, Boulevard Charlemagne 50, Brussels
    Speakers: Rolf Adlung, Senior Economist, WTOnFredrik Erixon, Co-founder and director of ECIPEnLior Herman, Research Associate at ECIPEnPatrick Messerlin, Professor, GEM, Science PonAnders Morin, Director, Confederation of Swedish EnterprisenGernot Pehnelt, Research Associate at ECIPEnPeter Scherer, Head of Health Division, OECD
    Time: 11:00

    As the first in an upcoming series, this conference launches ECIPE’s new project on trade and healthcare. In Europe, despite spiralling healthcare expenditures by national governments, health productivity continues to fall as beleaguered national health services struggle to cope with demand. Trade agreements say little about healthcare. Some international organizations are hostile to the idea of more trade in this sector, and err on the side of protectionism. Can the current crisis help understand how trade can be an integral part of healthcare provision? Presentations and papers from the conference>

  • The Multilateral Trade Regime: Which Way Forward? Discussion of the Report of the First Warwick Commission, 2007

    Venue: Hotel Silken Berlaymont, Boulevard Charlemagne 11 – 19, Brussels
    Speakers: Pierre Defraigne, Warwick Commissioner and Director of the French Institute for International Relations (Ifri)nRichard Higgott, Director, The Warwick Commission and Pro Vice Chancellor, University of WarwicknPierre Sauvé, Warwick Commissioner and Senior Research Fellow at the World Trade Institute (WTI) in SwitzerlandnDr Heribert Dieter, Warwick Commissioner and professor at the Free University of BerlinnKarl-F Falkenberg, Deputy Director General, DG TradenRoberto Echandi, Costa Rican Ambassador to BrusselsnRazeen Sally, Director of ECIPEnDr. Manfred Elsig, Senior Research Fellow World Trade Institute, Bern
    Time: 11:30

    The report of the first Warwick Commission was published in late 2007, with the aim of sparking a lively and positive debate about the issues facing the world trade system today. The Warwick Commissions have been charged with carrying out independent analyses of issues of global importance, with the goal of making practical and realistic recommendations about how to move them forward. This discussion taking place in Brussels is part of a process of testing their first report against the realities of global trade and the problems that policymakers face.

  • ECIPE Conference: Will Asia Lead?

    Venue: Hotel Silken Berlaymont, Boulevard Charlemagne 11-19, Brussels, Belgium
    Speakers: Deepak Lal, Professor of International Development Studies at the University of CalifornianGuy de Jonquières, Senior Fellow ECIPE and Chatham House, former Financial Times Asia CommentatornShada Islam, Senior Programme Executive, European Policy CentrenRazeen Sally, Director, ECIPE
    Time: 12:00

    Asia is again at the centre of the world economy and world affairs. While the post-war period saw the surge of Japan, the 1980s the rise of the so-called Asian Tigers, we are currently witnessing the emergence, or re-emergence of China, and to a certain extent also of India. This conference will discuss the main “macro” trends in Asia, both economic and political.

  • Should Europe really worry about its trade deficit with China?

    Venue: Hotel Euroflat: Boulevard Charlemagne 50, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
    Speakers: Dr. Andreas Freytag
    Time: 10:30

    ECIPE invites you to a lunch discussion on EU-China trade and economic relations. In a new paper ECIPE’s Senior Fellow Andreas Freytag has analysed trade data to get a better understanding of what has happened in EU-China trade relations over the last decade. The result is surprising and challenges the established view that the soaring bilateral deficit is explained by currency manipulation.

  • Book Forum: “India, the Emerging Giant”

    Venue: Hotel Euroflat: Boulevard Charlemagne 50, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
    Speakers: Professor Arvind Panagariya, SIPA, Columbia UniversitynP.K.M. Tharakan, Professor Emeritus of the University of AntwerpnProfessor Patrick Messerlin, GEMnRazeen Sally, Director ECIPE
    Time: 13:00

    Professor Arvind Panagariya will present his latest book, “India, the Emerging Giant” at Book Forum organised by ECIPE in association with Sciences Po. Razeen Sally, Director of ECIPE, and professor Mathew Tharakan will comment and discuss this path breaking work, which constitutes a key to understanding the rise of India in the world economy.

  • The WTO: Past, Present and Future – Putting the Problems in Perspective

    Venue: Hotel Silken Berlaymont Boulevard Charlemagne 11 – 19, Brussels
    Speakers: Roderick Abbott, Former Deputy Director General of the WTOnPatrick Low, Chief Economist (Director of Economic Research and Statistics) at the World Trade OrganizationnPeter Kleen, Senior Fellow of ECIPE and Trade Policy ConsultantnLars Anell, Chairman of ICC’s Commission on Trade and Investment Policy; former Chairman of the GATTnPatrick Messerlin, Professor, GEM, Sciences PonSigne Ratso, Director Responsible for WTO Affairs, DG Trade, European Commission
    Time: 13:00

    With a faltering Doha Round, the future of the multilateral trading system is at stake. Taking a historical perspective can be a useful way of bringing in new perspectives in current discussions on the future of the WTO. Reports will be presented followed by commentaries by key discussants.