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Fifth Annual Queen's Institute on Trade Policy - October 20-22, 2013

Fifth Annual Queen's Institute on Trade Policy: 20-22 October 2013

Information on the 2014 Institute on Trade Policy will be posted soon.
(posted May 28, 2014) 

View the current agenda for the 2013 Trade Policy Institue            View the list of speakers for this event        
Background Readings

Course Directors: Terry Collins-Willliams, John M.Curtis, and Robert Wolfe

Trade policy is central to the formulation of government strategies to ensure Canada’s future prosperity. The trade policy environment is rapidly changing, however. Trade strategy must take account of new players as the centre of gravity in global governance continues to shift to the countries that ring the Pacific, of technological change that alters what things are traded, and of new business models as production fragments into global value chains. Recent developments in trade theory help make sense of this rapidly evolving trading system. The purpose of this course is to help a new generation of federal, provincial and territorial trade policy practitioners to acquire the skills needed to develop trade negotiation strategies. The course is intended for Canadian mid-level government officials who already have some experience with the basics of trade policy and negotiations.

The Fifth Annual Queen’s Institute on Trade Policy focuses on the strategic complexities of advancing Canada’s interests in the multi-party Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations. The rapidly-growing Asia-Pacific market is critical to Canada’s growth and economic prosperity. Being part of the TPP enables Canada to not only strengthen partnerships in Asia-Pacific but also to help advance an initiative that is driving regional economic integration and setting new rules for how trade is negotiated on a broader scale. The TPP addresses new trade issues and 21st century challenges, exploring both tariff and non-tariff barriers to trade and investment, many of which affect a wide range of domestic policies, with the goal of facilitating the movement of people, goods, services, capital, and data across borders. For more, see Canada and the Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations.

The TPP negotiations present strategic challenges that Canadian negotiators have not faced in recent bilateral trade negotiations. TPP includes a much bigger trading partner who plays a unique role at the table, and will soon include another of the world’s largest economies, along with different groupings of countries much smaller than Canada. We have much to gain in our largest market, the United States, while being able to participate in a negotiation that may create the trade framework for Asia. Participants will be asked to consider how a policy analyst can use this negotiating dynamic to promote Canadian objectives, given different interests and sensitivities with each party.

Drawing on the experience of former multilateral negotiators, the training objective for the course is to develop the ability to think strategically in developing negotiation objectives. The emphasis will be on trade strategy as a specialized mode of policy analysis, with seminar discussions in small groups focused on Canadian trade policy strategy in three key areas of the TPP negotiations: government procurement, intellectual property with respect to pharmaceuticals, and agriculture. The course will expand knowledge of, and capacity to use, analytic and communications tools to formulate trade policy strategies and prepare for negotiations, with particular attention to issues on the new trade policy agenda. Background reading material will be available on a special web page for participants in advance.

Expected enrolment is 40 people. The cost of $1,750 plus HST includes all meals and teaching materials. Travel to and from Kingston, as well as two nights’ accommodation, will be the responsibility of the participants.   

Contact: Chris Cornish, Events Coordinator
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School of Policy Studies, Robert Sutherland Hall
Kingston, Ontario, Canada. K7L 3N6. 613.533.3020