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Conference on Trade in Raw Materials, Paris, 3 November 2014





Regulating the mining sector has posed many challenges to countries rich in mineral resources. Ensuring a secure supply of industrial raw materials is of concern for non-resource rich countries. The objective of the conference is to discuss issues surrounding trade in industrial raw materials and to share experiences in regulating the mining sector with the aim of positively impacting sector development and economy-wide growth.

The conference offers a platform for governments from exporting and importing countries and other stakeholders affected by policy developments in the mining sector to assess the current situation of trade and other policies and better understand their economic impacts. The conference will allow stakeholders to compare national practices and elaborate on possible cooperative solutions to challenges faced in policy design in the industrial raw materials sector. Participation, by invitation only, will include trade officials, mining sector policy makers and private sector representatives from OECD and non-OECD countries.

This one-day Conference on Trade in Raw Materials will be held in the OECD Conference Centre in Paris on Monday November 3rd, 2014.

Please note that participation is by invitation only.



General information


OECD Analysis

Issues Paper (English version | French version)

A publication compiling OECD analysis:

Export Restrictions in Raw Materials Trade: Facts, fallacies and better practices



Download the draft Agenda - English | Francais (last updated 7 November 2014)


9:30-9:45 Opening intervention (OECD Deputy Secretary General, Mari Kiviniemi)
9:45–11:15 Session 1: Export restrictions: impact on raw materials producers

Some countries use export restrictions for a variety of reasons. What is the rationale? What are the aims? Have they been successful?

Chair:  Raed Safadi, Deputy Director, Trade and Agriculture Directorate, OECD


H.E. Alberto D’Alotto, Ambassador, Permanent Mission of Argentina to the World Trade Organization

REN Hongbin, Executive Vice President of CAITEC, Ministry of Commerce, China

11:15-11:30 Coffee break
11:30-13:00 Session 2: Export restrictions: impact on downstream industries

OECD analysis has shown that not only are raw materials exporters impacted by the imposition of export restrictions, so are downstream industries and competing exporting countries.  What are their experiences?  What can we learn from them?

Chair:  Signe Ratso, Director, DG Trade, European Commission


Ian Christmas, Former Director General, World Steel Association

Salla Ahonen, Director, Sustainability & Environmental Policy, Microsoft (presentation)

Alan Yanovich, Senior Counsel, Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer and Feld


Elena Vyboldina, Head of International Trade and Economics Department, Eurometaux

Ross Bartley, Environmental & Technical Director, Bureau of International Recycling

13:00-15:00 Lunch break: buffet lunch Salle Marshall
15:00-16:30 Session 3: Policies in raw materials to maximize potential for growth

Some countries have successfully leveraged their extractive resources to achieve growth and development of the sector, and of the economy at large.  They will share their experiences followed by discussion to explore further the challenges they have encountered.

Chair:  H.E. Federico Renjifo, Ambassador, Embassy of Colombia in France


Ignacio Moreno, Undersecretary of Mining, Chile

Rebecca Bryant, Assistant Secretary, Economic Engagement Branch at Dept. of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia (presentation)

Mikael Gröning, Deputy Director, Ministry of Enterprise, Sweden (presentation)


Enkhbayar Nemekhbayar, Head of Economic Finance and Investment Division, Ministry of Mining, Mongolia

Sirisamphanh Vorachith, Director General, Department of Planning and Cooperation, Ministry of Industry and Commerce, Lao PDR

16:30-16:45 Coffee break
16:45-18:00 Session 4: Beyond trade restrictions: the way forward to cooperative trade policies

OECD analysis has shown that trade restrictions and dispute settlement are costly ways to resolve differences.  A cooperative, knowledge-sharing approach may be more appropriate.  This approach will be considered and areas for future cooperation elaborated.  Experiences from other sectors will be sought.

Chair:  H.E. Fernando de Mateo, Chair, OECD Trade Committee and Ambassador, Permanent Mission of Mexico to the WTO


Don Smale, Secretary-General, International Copper, Nickel, Lead and Zinc Study Groups (presentation)

Samuel Gayi, Head, Special Unit on Commodities, UNCTAD  

Ian Mitchell, Chair of AMIS (Agricultural Market Information System)


Karsten Steinfatt, Counsellor, Trade and Environment Division, WTO

Thomas Hentschel, Managing Director of Projekt-Consult GmbH and Programme implementer of the Better Gold Initiative (BGI) Switzerland (presentation - 1 slide)



For questions concerning this conference, please contact Martina Abderrahmane, for all other inquiries please contact the Trade and Agriculture Directorate (OECD)


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