|Launch of the World Trade Report 2016 by WTO Chair|
The WTO Chair launched the World Trade Report 2016 in Shenzhen
Convention and Exhibition Centre, China on October 13th. The theme
for the 2016 report is Levelling the trading field for SMEs. Prof.
Zhang Lei, WTO Chair Holder, Dean of the School of WTO Research and
Education, SUIBE, and Director of Shanghai Center for Global Trade
and Economic Governance chaired the launching ceremony.
In his address, HE. Mr. YI Xiaozhun, Deputy Director-General of the
WTO emphasized the important role of SMEs in global trade and
economic development and highlighted the fact that SMEs provide
most of the job opportunities in most economies especially
developing economies. He expects to see the integration of SMEs
into global value chain to provide strong incentives for the
development of world economy.
Mr. Hubert Escaith, Chief Statistician of the WTO, presented the
main content and viewpoints in the Report and explained the
participation of SMEs in international trade, how the international
trade landscape is changing for SMEs, and what the multilateral
trading system does and can do to encourage more widespread and
inclusive SME participation in global markets.
Ms. Mia Mikic, Director of the UN ESCAP and Mr. Cheng Shuaihua,
Managing Director of the ICTST made comments and further explained
the difficulties involved in SMEs participation in global value
chain, the impact of regional and multilateral trade agreements,
and how the multilateral trading system can encourage SMEs to play
more important roles in the international trade market.