Media Alert: Trade events at the OECD on 16-17 January 2013


08/01/2013 - As businesses increasingly disperse production chains across the globe, conventional measurements of countries’ exports and imports no longer provide a fully accurate picture of international trade.


New data and analysis of trade, in value added terms, from the OECD and the World Trade Organisation (WTO) challenge many of the current assumptions about trade relations between countries.  The initial data and policy implications will be the subject of a round table discussion featuring:

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría

WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy

EU Trade Commissioner Karel de Gucht

New Zealand Trade Minister Tim Groser

Moderator: Alan Wheatley, Reuters


The new Trade in Value Added data and analysis, including a number of individual Country Notes (Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, UK, and  USA),  will be available to journalists under embargo until 10.00 (Paris time) 16 January 2013.


To request the embargoed material or to register for the launch event, journalists are invited to contact the OECD’s Media Division (tel: + 331 4524 9700).


Aid for Trade Policy Dialogue 16-17 January 2013, OECD Conference Centre Paris


Ensuring that donor aid helps producers in poor countries benefit from international trade will be the overarching theme of a two-day conference at the OECD.  Policy-makers and experts from developing and developed economies will discuss effective management and implementation of the Trade for Aid initiative in the light of changing patterns of production and other current challenges.


The sessions, all of which are open to the media, will cover topics such as delivering and managing aid for trade, easing the constraints to trade expansion, promoting regional aid-for-trade programmes, reducing border barriers, and engaging the private sector.  The conference will be opened by OECD Secretary General Angel Gurría at 09.00 a.m. on 16 January, followed by keynote addresses by EU Trade Commissioner Karel de Gucht and WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy.


Further details, including the agenda and registration contact, are available here


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