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APEC Project “Capacity Building for New International Architecture in Trade and Investment” Bangkok Meeting [November 25-26, 2006]

APEC Project "Capacity Building for New International Architecture in Trade and Investment" Bangkok Meeting


Outline


While multilateral trade liberalization talks in the WTO Doha Round have been stalled, various international/interregional trade and investment agreements such as FTAs (Free Trade Agreements) have been negotiated within and outside APEC in recent years, which have attracted more attention than the WTO. In light of these circumstances, IIST has carried out the APEC project since 2005, which aims to promote understanding of the relations among many different free trade systems and international rules. These developments indicate formation of a new international architecture in trade and investment which are emerging in the APEC region. The meeting was the last phase of the project, following the “WTO at 10” International Conference (held in October 2005) and the Hawaii Workshop (held in October 2006), and was held in conjunction with the meeting of the Asian WTO Research Network.


Date: Two days of November 25 and 26, 2006
Place: Bangkok (Thailand)

Symposium
Organized by: APEC, Asian WTO Research Network
Supported by: Thailand Research Fund, East Asian University, Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University, International Institute for Trade and Development, Stockholm Environment Institute, Institute for International Studies and Training

Workshop
Organized by: Institute for International Studies and Training (IIST)


Overview


At the international symposium “WTO at the Crossroads: the Challenges Ahead” which was held for the two days of November 25 and 26, 2006, participants discussed in five different sessions on issues of the WTO such as “Sustainable Development” and “Trade in Services.” The themes were set in accordance with the respective FTA projects of APEC. In Session 4 “Current Status of Regional Trade Agreements,” experts made presentations on FTA negotiations in Malaysia, Thailand, Chinese Taipei, etc. In Session 5: “New International Architecture in Trade and Investment,” experts from the WTO and APEC exchanged opinions focusing on relations between emerging free trade negotiations and multilateral negotiations led by the WTO, introducing the results of discussions at the Hawaii Workshop also organized by the IIST in October 2006.
In response to the APEC Ministerial Meeting Joint Statement in Vietnam and Economic Leaders’ Meeting Ha Noi Declaration that were announced immediately before the meeting, discussions focused on the feasibility of a APEC-wide FTA and its possible implications to the WTO.

In the workshop that followed, experts examined and discussed the final report of the project.
During the two days program, speakers and participants in various positions including WTO experts and people engaged in NGO activities held active discussions all day long. At the latter sessions of the symposium, in particular, participants actively presented their opinions of both expectation and concerns for the rapidly expanding regional free trade agreements when the future development of the WTO Doha negotiation is apprehended. This suggests that much attention is being paid to the theme.

Also, participation in a WTO-related event as part of an APEC project helped offer information about APEC activities to WTO experts and contributed to the creation of an upgraded network between the two organizations, which was another important achievement.

PDF (264KB) Program


November 26: Session 5

November 26: Session 5

November 26: The Bangkok Symposium

November 26: The Bangkok Symposium


Group photograph of the participating experts

Group photograph of the participating experts

November 26: Scene from the workshop

November 26: Scene from the workshop




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