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At a time of great uncertainty and debate about the future direction of the global trade and investment architecture, GEG Senior Researcher Carolyn Deere Birkbeck will lead a team of experts to host a series of conversations on the Global Trade and Investment Architecture (GTIA) as part of the E15Initiative.

Working alongside the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) and the World Economic Forum, Dr Deere Birkbeck will act as Theme Leader for the discussions, which will be held in several major capital cities across the globe alongside a series of international policy meetings over the coming six months. The conversations will engage policymakers, experts, and stakeholders to identify forward-looking visions, key areas of shared interest, and strategic options on the purpose of the GTIA, its scope, functions, rationales for cooperation, and coherence with wider global governance processes.

The E15Initiative website will be an additional platform for “virtual” conversations, think pieces, and expert blogs. An overview paper – to be published at the end of September – will set out the state of debate and key questions to guide the conversations.

To find out more about the GTIA project, visit the E15Initiative website.