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Thursday, September 17, 2020 - 12:00

T-20 Task Force 1 – Trade, Investment, and Growth

Webinar : Starting at 2pm (Riyadh time)

The Policy Center for the New South, in partnership with the Think 20 (T20), will host a webinar under the theme “Task Force 1 – Trade, Investment, and Growth”, scheduled to take place on September 17th 2020 at 2pm (Riyadh time). This virtual panel marks the start of the task force webinar Summit Season for T20 Saudi Arabia.

The world trad​ing system is facing various challenges such as rising protectionism, unequal opportunities to engage in global value chains, and legal systems that are ill-equipped for digital trade and international trade in services.

Featuring task force members, leading think tank academicians as well policy makers, the webinar will aim to foster a common understanding on global issues and provide policy recommendations to G20 officials from a research perspective. They will mainly be addressing policies to strengthen the World Trade Organization as a negotiating forum and both restore and reinforce the WTO dispute settlement procedure. The task force will also focus on goods and services trade policies and socially just and environmental-friendly investment policies that mutually benefit developed and developing countries and mitigate the negative effects of globalization in order to achieve sustainable, balanced and inclusive development.

Finally, the task force will explore how to establish well-balanced global rules that promote the free flow of data while also ensuring that personal information is protected in the era of digital trade.

The Policy Center for the New South will be represented by its President Dr. Karim El Aynaoui who will be delivering the opening Keynote speech


Should you be interested, please access the webinar using the following links:


Welcome Remarks
Said Alshaikh
Task Force 1 Lead Co-Chair


Opening Keynote Speech
Karim El Aynaoui
President, The Policy Center for the New South


General Introduction About Challenges Facing Trade and Investment Systems
Sait Akman
Director of G20 Studies Center, TEPAV


Panel Discussion: Issues on Trade

Moderator: Peter Draper, Executive Director, Institute for International Trade, University of Adelaide

Fabrizio Botti, Senior Fellow, Istituto Affari Internazionali
Tu Xinquan, Professor and Dean, China Institute for WTO Studies

Agustin Redonda, Council on Economic Policies
Crina Mihaela Baltag, Senior Lecturer, Stockholm University
Naoise McDonagh, Lecturer in Political Economy, Institute for International Trade, University of Adelaide


Panel Discussion: Diversification and Digital and Technological Investments

Moderator: Said Alshaikh, Lead Co-Chair, Task Force on Trade, Investment and Growth

Carlos Braga, Professor of Economics, Fundacao Dom Cabral

Matthew Stephenson, Policy and Community Lead, International Trade and Investment, World Economic Forum
Jane Drake Brockman, Industry Professor, University of Adelaide

David Havrlant, Research Fellow, King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center


Closing Statement: An Italian Perspective

Lucia Tajoli
Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI)


Task Force Art Presentation

A presentation of Saudi artwork that incorporates and reflects task force themes
by Zaman Jassim

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About the Speaker :
  • Karim El Aynaoui, President of the Policy Center for the New South