UNOSSC Session at the 2021 WTO Aid-for-Trade Stocktaking Event: Role of SSC and Digital Technology Post-COVID-19 for Trade Facilitation

By February 12, 2021 March 3rd, 2021 Events, Webinar page link posts
  • When: 24 March 2021, 17.00 – 18.30 PM, (CET) / 11:00AM – 12:30PM (New York Time)
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UNOSSC will be organizing a session at the upcoming virtual Aid-for-Trade Stocktaking Event, organized by the World Trade Organization (WTO) being held from 23-25 March 2021 on ‘The Role of South-South Cooperation and Digital Technology in Structuring a Globally Inclusive Post-COVID-19 Economic Architecture for Increased Trade Facilitation.’


The role of digitalization has become critical within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. While digitalization was embedded in many domains prior to the pandemic, the latter created what is known as ‘new normal’ conditions characterized by reduced physical contact and restricted movement. These changes rapidly increased the digitalization of transactions between and among people, pushing a new scope of tradable goods and services and fostering new areas of mutual cooperation among Southern economies, both technologically and financially. As such, the gradually increasing share of South-South trade over the last few decades and its resilience in the face of COVID-linked disruption call for a thorough theoretical and empirical understanding of the nature and implications of South-South trade in building back better in a post-COVID-19 world.

The discussions in this session aim to tackle the following areas a) South-South cooperation and digitalization in trade and investment; b) South-South cooperation modalities and instruments for accelerating regional trade integration and for creating a more balanced international trade regime; c) South-South cooperation and financial technology in a globally inclusive economic architecture; and d) Challenges and prospects in the context of sustainable recovery.


Chair/Moderator: Dr. Hany Besada, Senior Research/Programme Advisor, UNOSSC

 1. Opening Remarks

  • Dr. Adel Abdellatif, Director a.i., UNOSSC (tbc)

2. Speakers (and launch of publications)

  • Ms. Bineswaree Bolaky, Economic Affairs Officer, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) –

“South-South Cooperation Finance for Mobilization of the Private Sector to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals”

  • Dr. George Kararach, Lead Economist, African Development Bank (AfDB)

“South-South Cooperation Modalities and Instruments for Accelerating Regional Trade in Africa”

  • Professor Myriam Ramzy & Professor Chahir Zaki, Cairo University

“Trade Integration and South-South Cooperation: How Digitalization Matters in Africa”

3. Closing Remarks

  • Dr. Xiaojun Grace Wang, Deputy Director for Programme and Operations, UNOSSC

Launch of publications

The below UNOSSC publications are also scheduled to be launched at the event:

  • South-South Global Thinkers Scoping Paper: South-South Cooperation and Investment in Africa: Implications of the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement
    Authored by: Dr. Hany Besada, Senior Research and Program Advisor, UNOSSC
  • Trade and Investment Capacity Building through South-South Cooperation: Lessons from Supporting Indian Trade and Investment for Africa
    Authored by: Ms. Vandana Prakash Nair, Consultant, International Trade Centre
  • From Trilemma to Triple Wins: Creating Synergies among Chinese Labour-intensive Manufacturers, Global Buyers and Low-wage Southern Countries
    Authored by: Professors Wen Chen, Jiajun Xu and Jia Yu, Institute of New Structural Economics, Peking University
  • The Link Between Trade and Inequality: A Literature Review and Emerging Research Agenda from the Perspective of South-South Cooperation
    Authored by: Professor Milindo Chakrabarti, Research Information System for Developing Countries