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The Future of Rules of Origin and Utilisation Rates

Dates:
  • Wed 26 Jun 2019 11.00 - 18.00
  • Thu 27 Jun 2019 09.30 - 17.45
  • Fri 28 Jun 2019 09.30 - 17.30
  Add to Calendar 2019-06-26 11:00 2019-06-28 17:30 Europe/Paris The Future of Rules of Origin and Utilisation Rates

Rules of Origin (RoO) continue to be the subject of intense debate in international trade policy circles. To date, multilateral efforts by organisations such as the WTO, the WCO, and UNCTAD have failed to induce countries to agree to common disciplines on the use of RoO. The private sector frequently complains about the complexity of RoO, but industry has not been effective in pressing governments for reforms and to resume initiatives for regulating ROO at multilateral level.

Some progress has been made at the WTO Committee of the Rules of Origin, reflected in initiatives aimed at raising the level of transparency and improving RoO for LDCs. Such developments may provide scope for plurilateral initiatives on RoO among a group of WTO members in view of the next WTO Ministerial in 2020 and the opportunities provided by the revision of Annex K of the WCO Kyoto convention on Rules of Origin.

The EUI and UNCTAD are working together with the aim to provide a platform for experts, researchers, practitioners, government officials and the private sector to discuss developments in the area of RoO on an annual basis through policy roundtable meetings of experts hosted by the EUI. The goal is to share experiences, ongoing policy-relevant research on RoO and related administrative requirements, and research findings.

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  Conference Room, Villa la Fonte

Rules of Origin (RoO) continue to be the subject of intense debate in international trade policy circles. To date, multilateral efforts by organisations such as the WTO, the WCO, and UNCTAD have failed to induce countries to agree to common disciplines on the use of RoO. The private sector frequently complains about the complexity of RoO, but industry has not been effective in pressing governments for reforms and to resume initiatives for regulating ROO at multilateral level.

Some progress has been made at the WTO Committee of the Rules of Origin, reflected in initiatives aimed at raising the level of transparency and improving RoO for LDCs. Such developments may provide scope for plurilateral initiatives on RoO among a group of WTO members in view of the next WTO Ministerial in 2020 and the opportunities provided by the revision of Annex K of the WCO Kyoto convention on Rules of Origin.

The EUI and UNCTAD are working together with the aim to provide a platform for experts, researchers, practitioners, government officials and the private sector to discuss developments in the area of RoO on an annual basis through policy roundtable meetings of experts hosted by the EUI. The goal is to share experiences, ongoing policy-relevant research on RoO and related administrative requirements, and research findings.


Location:
Conference Room, Villa la Fonte

Affiliation:
Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies

Type:
Roundtable

Contact:
Mia Saugman - Send a mail

Organiser:
Bernard Hoekman (EUI - RSCAS)
Stefano Inama (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development)

Links:
Global Governance Programme
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