27 Sep 2016

Alumni converge on Geneva for WTO Public Forum

The World Trade Organization (WTO) flagship event, the Public Forum, is underway in Geneva. On the theme of ‘Inclusive Trade’, discussions are being given over to how WTO rules can help everyone benefit from trade.

Several WTI alumni are taking part in working sessions over the three days of the Public Forum 2016. 

On 28 September at 10.30 Marina Foltea (MILE 4) will be a panellist in a session telling the story of Chicza - a small enterprise from Mexico which produces and exports organic chewing gum. At 17.30 Harsh Gursahani (MILE 11) will moderate a session on ‘Enabling “start-up” innovation through e-commerce’, in which Marta Soprana (MILE 11) will be a panellist.

On 29 September, WTI/NCCR Trade Regulation researchers will participate in a session that focuses on the contribution that the new generation free trade agreements could make to SMEs, by looking at agreements in the Asia-Pacific region. Session 77 runs from 10.30 until 12 noon. Faculty member Pierre Sauvé will moderate the event that includes WTI panellists Ilaria Espa and Carolina Palma. 

On the sidelines of the Public Forum, the MILE alumni will hold their annual meeting at the WTI Advisors offices in Geneva on the evening of 28 September. New Director of Studies Peter van den Bossche will be present, along with the MILE team and students from the current MILE intake. Around 60 people are expected at the networking reception.