Seminars & Events

WTO Public Forum 2015

Plugging in to the global agricultural value chain – a perspective from developing countries in Asia

IDE-JETRO held a working session under the title of “Plugging in to the global agricultural value chain –a perspective from developing countries in Asia” at WTO Public Forum 2015 held from 30 September to 2 October.


How can trade work better to let the agricultural sector of developing countries plug them into the global values chains (GVCs)? Agricultural trade is the imperative in the developing world as it generates economic growth and creates employment in rural areas. The session shows research results on agricultural trade of selected Asian developing countries (e.g. Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, and China) based on port rejection data and field investigation. In order to plug in and further climb up the GVCs, those countries need to enforce capacity building as well as efficient policy and regulation implementation from public and private sectors. A concerted effort is required to improve the conditions facing agricultural trade in Asia for greater shared benefits. Policy recommendations for governments, industrial sectors, standardization and certification bodies, as well as international organizations to address challenges will be discussed by the panelists from government, industry and academia.


October 1, 2015 (Thursday) 10:30-12:00 (local time)


Room S2, WTO headquarters, Geneva

  • Kaoru Nabeshima, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University


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