Trade and Sustainable Development
This panel event is co-hosted by Asia House and Kreab, and will take place in Brussels on 5 June.
The EU has sought to integrate sustainable development into its trade policy over recent years through trade agreements, incentives for developing countries, and other trade policy measures.
But promoting and enabling sustainable development through trade requires a careful balance between policies that enable it, and defensive measures to shield industries from unfair competition. The measures against the import of solar panels from China, which lasted almost five years until September 2018, are one of the most tangible examples of these competing needs and interests. Furthermore, new communications technologies and the increase in digital products have the potential to enable low-carbon growth, but raise their own set of trade policy challenges.
This expert panel event will explore where the balance lies, and how policies can be developed and supported by organisations such as the WTO and the EU, as well as the increasing role for industry both inside and outside of Europe. The event comes at a time of on-going global trade tensions, and we will ask specifically how the EU’s trade relationship with China could support sustainable development through trade in green goods and cooperation on environmental and social standards.
- Maria Åsenius, Head of Cabinet for Cecilia Malmström, Commissioner for Trade
- Simon Lacey, Global Government Affairs, International Trade, Huawei Technologies
- Jodie Rousell, Managing Director, Acacia Partners, former CEO Global Solar Council
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