Trade in turbulent times and how the OECD can best support the multilateral trading system

2 July 6:00pm - 7:30pm
RHLT2, Rutherford House, Victoria University, 23 Lambton Quay, Wellington

The New Zealand Institute of International Affairs invites you to a presentation by Ken Ash, OECD Director, Trade and Agriculture.

This presentation will explore some of the possible explanations for growing trade tensions, and what governments – and the OECD – might do in response. How well has the international system worked to date? What can be done to make it work better, for more people? What can trade policy do – and what can it not do? How level is the playing field for international trade? What can governments do to make markets work better? What has the OECD done, and what more should it do?

Prior to becoming OECD Director of Trade and Agriculture in 2008, Mr Ash had served as Deputy Director since 1999. Mr Ash leads OECD efforts to develop and communicate evidence-based advice to governments, with the aim at helping them improve the domestic and international performance of their policies in the areas of trade, food, agriculture and fisheries.

Upon joining the OECD Mr Ash brought with him 20 years of extensive experience from the Government of Canada where he held several senior positions in Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. As Director General, Economic and Policy Analysis, from 1995-1999, he provided strategic policy guidance on key agriculture and trade policy issues and on government-wide policy and institutional reforms.

Mr Ash, a Canadian national, holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and an MBA (International Business and Resource Management).


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