Trends in global trade policy

Marion Jansen, Chief economist of the International Trade Centre talks about mega-regional trade agreements and trade barriers for SMEs.

After the FIW workshop 'Political Economy of Trade Policy' on 22 September, 2015 in Vienna, Marion Jansen gave an interview to wiiw Scientific Director Michael Landesmann on international trade policy and the implications and outlook for mega-regional (TTIP, TPP) and multilateral trade agreements. In her view, we will see a period of mega-regional trade agreements which will be followed by a return to a multilateral type of a trade system.

Marion Marion Jansen is the Chief Economist of the International Trade Centre (ITC) in Geneva. Prior to this she served as a counsellor in the Economic Research and Statistics Division of the World Trade Organization and in this role she was one of the co-ordinators of the WTO Chairs Programme. From early 2009 to September 2012 she led the International Labour Office’s Programme on Trade and Employment. She has co-edited a number of volumes on the subject of globalization and employment, including ‘Trade and Employment: From Myths to Facts’.  

The International Trade Centre (ITC) is a joint agency of the World Trade Organization and the United Nations, which aims to strengthen SMEs in developing countries to become more competitive in global markets and to speeding economic development.