RTA Exchange Policy Dialogue II

In March 2017, the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) organised the second policy dialogue as part of the RTA Exchange project.

Day 1 of this event concerned “Regulatory Coherence and the Multilateral Trade System: Lessons from RTAs and Lessons to Promote Convergence”.

The presentations outlined the FTA provisions for regulatory cooperation as well as their impact. For example, can such cooperation help to facilitate trade? The discussions considered the development of new and innovative regulatory provisions under FTAs.

Day 2 focused on ensuring sustainability through trade agreements. It questioned how modern FTAs can address sustainability concerns (e.g., through environmental and labour provisions).