About the workshop
Global exports of goods account for approximately 19 trillion US dollars annually while services represent some 5 trillion US dollars. Trade policy is a complex area which sets the framework for these vast flows, bringing together aspects of economics, development policy, law and diplomacy. Trade policy officials need to handle a wide spectrum of issues in order to achieve effective results for their countries.
Increasingly, international donors are developing policies to promote trade with and among developing countries as an important contribution to economic welfare. For example, Aid for Trade assistance provides support for partner countries’ efforts to develop and expand their trade as leverage for growth and poverty reduction. According to the World Trade Organisation, so-called South-South trade (i.e. exports from developing economics to other developing economies) has increased steadily since 2000, reaching 52 per cent of developing countries’ total merchandise exports in 2014. The UK Department for International Development has also identified trade as a key driver for economic growth.
Who is it for?
This special UK workshop on trade policy is intended for policy advisers and senior decision-makers in governments dealing with trade policy and negotiations, including goods, services and investment. The workshop will cover both the theory and practice of the UK’s experience of trade policy by:
- Providing an overview of the subject, with an emphasis on lessons learnt and best international practice
- Ensuring that you gain a good understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of trade policy, its key features and its terminology
- Visiting key government and private sector agencies and engaging with practitioners and key experts
- Considering how governments ensure that trade policy delivers both prosperity and fairness while protecting the environment and social conditions
- Exploring with tutors and practitioners current UK views and experience of trade policy.
How participants will benefit
The workshop will benefit participants by highlighting best practice and providing examples of how trade can be mutually beneficial for countries involved and their businesses.
This workshop will:
- Examine the nature of international trade flows including global supply chains, customs facilitation, import substitution and the interaction with domestic polices
- Explore the role of trade policy in promoting exports of services, protecting intellectual property and attracting inward investment
- Look at the linkages between trade and development, including best practices for achieving successful negotiating outcomes
- Focus on the interaction between trade and other significant policy areas such as labour rights and environmental action
- Introduce you to key practitioners in government and private organisations
- Broaden your knowledge of the UK and European Union framework within which trade policy is negotiated and decided
- Give you an opportunity to network with counterparts in the UK and internationally to share ideas and to develop personal and organisational links for future support.
Please view our 2019 Brochure (opens in a PDF document)