A high-level Conference on "Global Value Chains in the 21st Century" is being organized jointly by UNCTAD, the OECD and the WTO in partnership with China's Ministry of Commerce. The Conference has been scheduled to take place from 19 to 20 September in Beijing.
In the era of globalization, the size, content, volume and direction of trade and investment is increasingly under the common governance of multinational enterprises through their global value chains and networks of international production.
This development has brought with it a set of attendant policy challenges, which will be the focus of the Beijing conference, in particular, how to forge collaborative strategies to ensure sustainable development for all.
The Conference will be presided over by H.E. Mr. Chen Deming, Minister of Commerce.
The Secretary-General of UNCTAD, Dr. Supachai Pantichpakdi, and OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurria, as well as WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy will be delivering addresses, focussing on future international economic developments of relevance to both business and policy makers.