Regional Integration, value chains and SMEs

Dr. Marion Jansen, International Trade Centre

 “SME Competitiveness Outlook 2017: The Region a Door to Global Trade” assesses the role the design and scope of regional trade agreement plays for value chain activity. The report assesses whether the design of regional trade agreements affects value chain activity in general and whether it affects the domestic value addition from value chain integration, including through positive spillovers on local SMEs. The findings of the report provide support for efforts to discuss investment facilitation under the WTO umbrella and for the design of comprehensive bilateral or regional agreements like CETA.



About the speaker

Marion Jansen is Director of the Division for Market Development and Chief Economist at the International Trade Centre (ITC). In this role, she oversees ITC’s work on trade and market information, export strategy, trade facilitation and policy for business. She also oversees ITC’s contributions to G20 processes.  Marion Jansen previously held senior positions in the World Trade Organization and the International Labour Office. She holds a PhD in economics from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra and has lectured in multiple academic institutions, including the University of Geneva and the World Trade Institute. She is member of academic advisory boards for master programmes at SKEMA Business School and IE School of Global and Public Affairs. Marion Jansen has published widely on international trade and global economic governance including in refereed journals and as editor of or contributor to books.



Venue: 0.16/0.17

Date: 24 October 2019

Time: 12:00 - 13:00


UNU-MERIT