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Geneva, Switzerland | 12-15 September 2023

WTO Public Forum 2023: It is time for action​

 About Public Forum 2023 

"IT IS TIME FOR ACTION​" The 2023 Public Forum will examine how trade can contribute to a greener and more sustainable future. The Forum will explore how trade can facilitate access to environmental goods, services and technologies, help achieving the Paris Agreement's Nationally Determined Contributions, and maintain the ambition to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels, the Forum has three subthemes:

•The role of the services sector in sustainable trade

•Inclusive policies for the advancement of green trade

•Digitalisation as a tool for the greening of supply chain​

 About NCC’s Working Session 

Working session intitle of 'Streamlining Services': presenting a new initiative to grow services trade  linked to the theme “The role of the services sector in sustainable trade "



Potential Panelists for NCC Session


H.E Dr. Eiman AlMutairi

Vice Minister of Commerce KSA, NCC CEO


Mr. Pierre Sauvé

Senior Trade Specialist, World Bank Group


Mr. Janos Ferencz

Trade Policy Analyst, ocde


Mr. Mohit Bhasin

Partner, Global Co-lead, Economic Growth Practice, KPMG


Dr. Matthew Stephenson

Head, Investment Policy and Parctice, WEF


Session abstract

This session will present 'Streamlining Services', a new initiative that aims to grow services trade in the Middle East and Africa. 

Services trade represents huge potential for diversification and growth. Services account for 2/3 of global GDP and 6 out 10 jobs. Yet the costs of services trade are twice that of goods, and 40 percent of those costs come from opaque regulations and cumbersome procedures. 

Fortunately, two new instruments can help unlock the growth potential of services: the WTO's Services Domestic Regulation (SDR) Reference Paper and the African Continental Free Trade Area's (AfCFTA) Protocol on Trade in Services.

'Streamlining Services' will launch public-private projects in Saudi Arabia and select African economies to understand services trade potential; identify regulatory challenges to reaching this potential; and address these challenges through implementing SDR and AfCFTA provisions to improve regulatory frameworks in practice.

This session will invite the WTO audience to provide input into these activities.

Join us​

 To register
 complete the online registration form no later than 17 August 2023.


Panal Overview​

 - Location:  WTO Organis​ation Mondiale du Commerce (OMC)
 - Venue: Room W
 - Attendees: Around 100 Person
 - Date & Time: 14​th of September 2023  / 12:30 – 13:45


For any further enquiries​
Phone Number: +966566093999​