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A Symposium on “WTO at 10: Dispute Settlement, Multilateral Negotiation, Regional Integration” [October 25-27, 2005]

A Symposium on “WTO at 10: Dispute Settlement, Multilateral Negotiation, Regional Integration”


Outline


The World Trade Organization (WTO), which was founded on January 1, 1995 based upon an agreement signed in April 1994 by the leaders of respective countries as a result of the Uruguay Round of multilateral negotiations on the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, attained its 10th anniversary this year. To commemorate the anniversary, it was agreed that symposiums would be held around the world, aiming to discuss the functions of WTO’s current dispute settlement mechanism and the Appellate Body. The symposium held in Tokyo is the third of the series of symposia, following the ones in Stresa, Italy in March and Sao Paulo, Brazil in May. It is expected to be followed by those held in Cairo, Sydney and New York in 2006.


Dates: October 25-27, 2005 (3 days)
Place: Conference Hall, United Nations University (Aoyama, Tokyo)
Organized by: Tokyo Keizai University, Aoyama Gakuin University, United Nations University/Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS), Japan Association of International Economic Law, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), Institute for International Studies and Training (IIST) and Fair Trade Center
Supported by: World Trade Organization (WTO), Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Conference(APEC), Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan


Overview


25th (1st day)
“WTO Dispute Settlement Mechanism: 10 Years of Accomplishments and Future Challenges”
After the keynote speeches by former WTO Director-General Supachai Panitchpakdi and others, three panel discussions were conducted regarding the achievements, issues, and relations with business of the WTO dispute settlement mechanism.

26th (2nd day)
“The Way Forward to a Successful Doha Development Agenda”
Three panel discussions were conducted regarding the current condition of the negotiations and major issues, future prospects, and problems with the WTO system and sustainable development concerning the Doha Round, which was initiated by ministerial declaration in November 2001.

27th (last day)
“Free Trade Agreements and Business Activities in Asia”
Reflecting the fact that it was the only symposium held in Asia in the WTO at 10 series, two panel discussions were conducted that concerned major issues of FTA in Asia and prospects of regional economic cooperation in APEC.
A total of 429 people from both domestic and foreign companies, universities, ministries/agencies, embassies, and other organizations participated in the three days of the symposium. Profound presentations and exchanges of ideas on achievements and issues of the WTO engaged general participants as well as experts present. The symposium offered valuable hints about the WTO’s potentials for further development and improvement.

PDF (104KB) Program, participants, etc.


First Day(Opening speech)

First Day(Opening speech)

First Day(Audience at the Symposium)

First Day(Audience at the Symposium)


First Day(Group photograph of the participants)

First Day(Group photograph of the participants)




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