POWERING GREEN CITIES

11 - 13 OCTOBER 2017

KUALA LUMPUR CONVENTION CENTER, MALAYSIA

Unlocking Trade in Environmentally Sound Technologies:

Regional Perspective from ASEAN

9.00am - 12.45pm,

13 October, 2017

Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Malaysia

CONCEPT AND OBJECTIVES

 

In light of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, the international regulatory and political framework for trade and investment in environmentally sound technologies (EST) is being decisively reshaped. EST are a sub-set of environmental goods, which are defined as goods that directly contribute to environmental protection and climate change mitigation.

 

In the quest of facilitating trade and investment in environmental goods, an Environmental Goods Agreement (EGA) is being discussed as a vehicle for action. The goal of these negotiations is to remove barriers to trade in certain goods of particular importance for environmental protection and climate change mitigation and adaptation. At the same time, countries are also promoting trade and investment in EST through regional and bilateral trade agreements.

 

What is apparent is that not many developing countries have yet benefited from trade liberalisation of EST. And many still lack the knowledge and capacity to harness those trade opportunities. Addressing such gaps requires concerted action for an inclusive, transparent and sustainable trading system. The Environment and Trade Hub of UN Environment, in partnership with Danish Technical University thus initiated a project to support and enable developing countries to objectively assess opportunities, benefits and challenges of liberalized trade in Environmentally Sound Technologies.

 

The project aims to contribute towards sustainable, environmentally credible and inclusive value chain integration and trade in environmentally sound technologies, by providing support to developing countries to identify, assess and harness opportunities of liberalized trade in environmentally sound technologies, and to host dialogues with a broad range of stakeholders to discuss environmental technology trade opportunities and perspectives in developing countries.

 

As part of the project, this workshop will be held in conjunction with the International Greentech & Eco Products Exhibition & Conference Malaysia (IGEM 2017) conference in Malaysia. The aim is to obtain insights on the benefits and drawbacks of both multilateral, plurilateral and bilateral initiatives aimed at enhancing trade in ESTs, such as the Environmental Goods Agreement (EGA), underlying strategic considerations, and key challenges and opportunities for value chain integration in Malaysia and in the ASEAN region.

 

The event will collect and disseminate national and regional best practices for value chain integration and trade in ESTs, and seek to build understanding and capacity for effective integration in EST value chains. Ultimately the event aims to enable the participants to better assess options related to trade liberalization processes.

 

The Workshop will thus provide a space for (i) discussing the initial and expected results on opportunities for trade liberalization in selected ESTs and associated services in Malaysia and the ASEAN region (ii) providing recommendations to relevant decision-makers and stakeholders to better serve trade liberalization processes (iii) promote cross-country learning and further networks of practice amongst participants.

 

Approximately 30-40 participants are expected to attend, including representatives from policy makers, private sector and technical experts, both local and international.

 

The sessions include insights from policymakers and practitioners as follows:

 

1. Insights from Policymakers

 

This session aims to identify policy gaps and needs and will thereby be able to inform policymaker’s options for trade liberalisation processes as well as the project’s future work. The session will be structured around implications of liberalized trade of ESTs in Malaysia and the ASEAN region, policy recommendations and the way forward for trade of ESTs, and will revolve around the following thematic questions:

·       What are the key policy priorities in the context of joining multilateral, bilateral and regional initiatives with the goal of reducing trade barriers for clean technologies?

·       What are the main challenges countries may face hindering value chain integration and trade in ESTs?

·       What is needed to increase intra-ASEAN value chain integration, cooperation and trade in selected ESTs?

·       What are the capacity gaps and support needs to address such gaps for the implementation of the EGA or other regional/bilateral initiatives?

 

2. Insights from practitioners

 

The outcome of this session is discuss and highlight insights from practitioner’s experience. It will be structured around the following thematic questions:

·       What are the main barriers and challenges in EST trade in developing countries/ASEAN region?

·       How do different trade initiatives and measures affect EST trade?

·       What are the implications of the bilateral or multilateral initiatives on free trade of ESTs to industries in developing countries?

·       What is the role of industries and private sector in supporting trade liberalization in EST?

 

 


 

DRAFT AGENDA

 

OVERVIEW OFTRADE IN ESTS AND INSIGHTS FROM POLICY MAKERS AND PRACTITIONERS

Time

Title

Presenters

8.30-9.00

COFFEE & REGISTRATION

 

9.00-9.25

Welcome (introduction): Trade in ESTs project, background/context, EGA process/WTO: status and recent developments incl. Q&A

Ying Zhang/UN Environment

9.25-9.45

Insights from Policymakers: Policy Outlook on EST

KeTTHA, Ministry of Energy, Green Technology & Water

9.45-10.05

EST Trade and developing countries: perspective from Malaysia and ASEAN

MITI, Ministry of International Trade & Industry (TBC)

10.05-10.25

EST Trade and Sustainable Development: Experience from EU

EU Trade Delegation to Malaysia or WTO/Mission of Malaysia to WTO

10.25-10.40

QUESTION AND ANSWER SESSION

 

10.40-10.50

SHORT BREAK

 

10.50-11.10

Trade in PV system intergration

Malaysian Photovoltaic Association (MPIA)

 

11.10-11.50

Trade in Environmental Technologies : National and Regional trade barriers

 

Major manufacturers in Malaysia/Industry Associations (TBC)

11.50-12.10

Trade in environmental services

ITC - (TBC)

12.10 -12.30

QUESTION AND ANSWER SESSION

 

12.30-12.45

Wrap up

UN Trade Hub

12.45

LUNCH

 

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