Programme       Speakers      

Event:2 ½ Day Training Course
  Trade Facilitation & Insertion into Global Value Chains
  with visit to WTO Headquarters     Logo WTO
Date:Tuesday 2nd to Thursday 4th October 2012
Venue:Grand Hotel Kempinski, Geneva, Switzerland

    Why attend
This hands-on programme will consist of a Two and a Half-Day Training Workshop on key trade and investment issues for Free and Special Economic Zone ("Zone") stakeholders worldwide, including those matters currently under negotiation within the World Trade Organization (WTO), such as Trade Facilitation. The event includes a half-day visit to the WTO Headquarters with presentations from senior officials from the WTO Secretariat. Speakers from other Geneva-based organisations working on these issues, in particular the World Bank, UNCTAD and ITC, will share their insights throughout the workshop sessions.

This Workshop will provide valuable advice and practical tools for Free and Special Economic Zone authorities, operators and promoters, banks, customs officials, potential donors, national and regional Investment Promotion Agencies, multinational and domestic zone companies, location consultants, etc. The course will equip these Zone stakeholders with an understanding and overview of key international rules, related organisations and ongoing negotiations which directly or indirectly impact the operation and future design of Zones around the globe.

Issues covered will include the WTO rules on tariffs, non-tariff barriers and non-discrimination, the current negotiations on a new WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement, as well as international disciplines on trade in services, investment and subsidies. The Workshop aims to advise and inspire participants to develop an informed strategic approach to tariffs, non-tariff barriers and other aspects disciplined by international trade and investment regulation.

Participants to this Training Workshop will be able to use this information as useful tools both in their own countries and internationally, when dealing with investors and others involved in the ongoing development of Zones.

    Overview of Timetable
2nd October 2012Registration and Course Introduction (afternoon)
3rd October 2012Morning Visit to the World Trade Organization Headquarters
Training Module One (afternoon)
4th October 2012Training Module Two (morning)
Training Module Three (afternoon)

    Outline Course Programme

Note: This Programme Outline is tentative and subject to further review and revision. Sessions may be exchanged, replaced, merged or otherwise modified.

DAY ONE - Tuesday 2nd October 2012
Afternoon Session 15.00 - 19.00
Course Introduction
Welcome from World Free Zone Convention
Speaker    Mr Graham Mather, Chairman, WFZC, London
Geneva for Zone Stakeholders - An Introduction to International Organisations, Rules, Mechanisms and Negotiations
Speakers    Hadil Hijazi, Sacha Silva and Hannes Schloemann, WTI Advisors, Geneva
This session provides an overview of the "Geneva" issues, players, systems and processes which matter for Zones and their stakeholders. It is designed to equip participants with a framework and basis for the coming two days, namely the WTO visit and the subsequent thematic training modules.
Welcome Drinks and Networking

DAY TWO - Wednesday 3rd October 2012
Morning Session 09.00 - 13.00
Visit to the World Trade Organization Headquarters
Opening by WFZC
  • The Importance of the Private Sector to the WTO
    Speaker    WTO Deputy Director-General
  • Current WTO Rules that Affect Zones: From Tariffs to Subsidies
    Speaker    Mr Raul Torres, WTO Secretariat
  • Trade Facilitation and Zones: The Way Forward
    Speaker    Nora Neufeld, WTO Secretariat
  • The WTO's Made in the World Initiative (MIWI) and the Role of Zones in Global Value Chains
    Speaker    Mr Hubert Escaith, WTO Secretariat
Some or all of the above sessions may be held in the form of a workshop-/panel discussion-style meeting with WTO Member delegations.
Lunch at the WTO and return to the Kempinski Hotel
Afternoon Session 15.00 - 18.00
Training Module One: Trade Facilitation and the Emerging TF Agreement In The WTO - Business And Policy Perspectives
  • The Economics of Global Value Chains: Why Trade Facilitation Matters
    Speakers    Sacha Silva, WTI Advisors
  • The WTO Negotiations on Trade Facilitation and the Draft Negotiating Text for the New TF Agreement: A Closer Look at Selected Disciplines of Interest for Free and Special Economic Zone Stakeholders
    Speakers    Hadil Hijazi and Hannes Schloemann,WTI Advisors, Geneva
  • Open Panel Discussion with Participants: Trade Facilitation, the TF Negotiations and Zones
    Discussants    UNCTAD, World Bank, WTO and WFZC
    Moderator    WTI Advisors, Geneva
DAY THREE - Thursday 4th October 2012
Morning Session 09.30 - 12.30
Training Module Two: International Disciplines on Trade In Services, Subsidies and Investment
  • Trade in Services, the GATS and other Services Agreements in relation to Zones: Main Mechanics and Selected Sectors (with Case Studies)
    Speakers    Hadil Hijazi, Sacha Silva and Hannes Schloemann, WTI Advisors, Geneva
  • International Investment Disciplines (and How They Matter for Zones): An Overview of Current Practice and Major Trends in BITs and other Agreements (Session includes introduction to UNCTAD's work on Investment)
    Speaker    Elisabeth Tuerk, International Investment Agreements Section, Division on Investment and Enterprise, UNCTAD
  • Concluding Open Discussion:
    Zones in Global Value Chains: What Role for (Disciplines on) Services, Investment and Subsidies Policies?
    Moderator    WTI Advisors, Geneva
Afternoon Session 13.30 - 17.00
Training Module Three: Non-Tariff Barriers to Trade (NTBs) - Business and Policy Perspectives
  • Overview Non-Tariff Measures (NTMs) / Non-Tariff Barriers to Trade (NTBs) - What they are, and how WTO rules discipline their use: The WTO's World Trade Report 2012 "Trade and Public Policies: A Closer Look at Non-Tariff Measures in the 21st Century
    Speaker    Mr Marc Bacchetta, WTO
  • Specifically: The SPS and TBT Agreements - Meeting Obligations, Using Rights
    Speaker    Hannes Schloemann, WTI Advisors, Geneva
  • Company Perspectives on NTMs: The Recent ITC Surveys and the Story They Tell
    Speaker    Poonam Mohun, NTM Market Analyst, Market Analysis and Research , ITC
  • The Effects of NTBs on Trade
    Speaker    Ralf Peters/Alessandro Nicita, Trade Negotiations and Commercial Diplomacy Branch, UNCTAD
  • The World Bank Toolkit on Streamlining Non-Tariff Measures
    Speaker    Mombert Hoppe, Trade Economist,World Bank, Geneva
  • Concluding Open Discussion: NTMs and Zones
    Speaker    WTI Advisors, Geneva
  • A break for refreshments will be taken when appropriate

Time has been allowed for delegates' questions and discussion throughout the programme

   Organisations Represented

Logo WTOEstablished in 1995 as a successor to the GATT, the World Trade Organization, with 156 Members is a virtually universal international organization and deals with the rules of trade between nations. At its heart are the WTO agreements, including the GATT, the GATS and the TRIPS. It is an organisation for trade opening, a forum for governments to negotiate trade agreements, and a place for them to settle trade disputes
  • Raúl A. Torres Troconis    is a Counsellor in Development Division of the WTO, working on issues concerning the international trade integration of Small, Vulnerable Economies and Landlocked Developing Countries. He has been employed by WTO since July 1996, starting with the Rules Division where he worked for 8 years on issues related to Anti-dumping, Subsidies and Countervailing Measures, Safeguards, and State Trading Enterprises, including advising dispute settlement panels. Prior to joining the WTO, Raúl worked for Venezuela's Instituto de Comercio Exterior and participated in the Foreign Associate Program of Morrison & Foerster in its Washington D.C. office. He holds a degree in law from Universidad Católica Andrés Bello (Caracas) and an LL.M. from Georgetown University. In 2010 Raúl was the sixth WTO Fellow at the Institute for International Trade of the University of Adelaide in Australia. He has contributed to books on the WTO and the Multilateral Trading System and published articles on Anti-dumping, WTO Dispute Settlement, and Duty Free Zones.

  • Other biographies to follow   
United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)Established in 1964, UNCTAD promotes the development-friendly integration of developing countries into the world economy. UNCTAD has progressively evolved and today carries out three functions: It functions as a forum for intergovernmental deliberations, supported by discussions with experts and exchanges of experience, aimed at consensus building; it undertakes research, policy analysis and data collection for the debates of government representatives and experts; and it provides technical assistance to developing countries, with special attention to the needs of LDCs and of economies in transition.

The World BankThe World Bank, based in Washington D.C., is an international financial institution which provides loans and advice to developing countries. The Bank's official goal is the reduction of poverty. According to its Articles of Agreement, its decisions are guided by a commitment to promote foreign investment, international trade, and facilitate capital investment. The World Bank comprises two institutions, the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and the International Development Association (IDA). The wider World Bank Group further includes the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), and the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).

International Trade Centre (ITC)ITC is a joint venture of the WTO and UNCTAD. ITC's mission is to enable small business export success in developing and transition-economy countries, by providing, with partners, sustainable and inclusive development solutions to the private sector, trade support institutions and policymakers.

   Training Module Facilitators: WTI Advisors (

Logo WTI                                                WTI Advisors is a specialised provider of high-end professional services in international trade policy, law and economics. The company offers advice, training and representation in the context of trade negotiations, national trade policy formulation and implementation as well as dispute settlement. Its clients include governments, their donors and international governmental organisations, as well as NGOs, trade associations and private businesses. Led by experienced full-time trade practitioners, WTI Advisors draws inter alia also on the consulting capacity of the faculty, fellows and PhD students of the World Trade Institute in Berne.
  • Hadil Hijazi, MA, MSc,    a Director of WTI Advisors, is a seasoned trade policy advisor. She advises public and private institutions on trade and economic policy and related private sector matters. Her practice focuses on trade policy and law, including in particular DDA negotiations, trade in services, NTBs and Trade Facilitation, rules of origin/cumulation, TBT, SPS, WTO accession, Aid for Trade, EuroMed negotiations and ACP-EU Economic Partnership Agreements. Her academic activities include guest lectures at EDHEC, Nice, the American University of Central Asia in Bishkek, the Royal University of Law and Economics in Phnom Penh, and the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú in Lima. Hadil holds Masters degrees in International and Comparative Legal Studies from SOAS, London and Management from Boston University.

  • Sacha Silva, MSc,    WTI Advisors' Senior Economist. Over the past decade he has advised public and private institutions on trade policy, agricultural competitiveness and diversification, trade negotiations (particularly in the WTO, regional and bilateral context), economic governance, regional integration, and development financing. His work experience includes extensive technical support to the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of developing countries in negotiating their trade relations with the European Union, Canada, United States, Australia and New Zealand. Sacha has worked as a consultant for, inter alia, the Caribbean Community's Regional Negotiating Machinery, the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, the Commonwealth Secretariat, the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the Asian Development Bank. He holds a BA in Political Science and Economics from the University of California at Berkeley and an MSc in Global Market Economics from the London School of Economics.

  • Hannes Schloemann, LLM,    a trade lawyer, is a Director of WTI Advisors and a partner at MSBH Bernzen Sonntag Rechtsanwälte, a law firm. His specializations include WTO and other trade negotiations (DDA in particular), WTO accessions, trade in services, trade in agriculture, goods/NAMA, trade & environment, TRIPS, WTO dispute settlement, S&D, anti-dumping, subsidies and sanctions, as well as regional trade agreements, EU foreign trade law, climate change and general public international law. Hannes regularly teaches at academic institutions. He is a member of the advisory board of the Zentrum für Außenwirtschaftsrecht in Münster. His publications include the award-winning 1999 American Journal of International Law article "Constitutionalization" and WTO Dispute Settlement - National Security as an Issue of Competence.

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