Friday 05 October 2018, 08:45 - 17:30

Trade Impacts of Fossil Fuel Subsidies

A one-day research workshop in collaboration with IISD's Global Subsidies Initiative

Room S1
Villa Barton, Geneva

08.45-09.00        Welcoming (& possibility of breakfast)

09.00-09.20        Introduction

Opening remarks by representative of ‘Friends of Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform’; Introduction by workshop organizers on state of play of energy subsidies in the WTO.

09.20-11.00        Session 1: The fuel subsidy context in trade & climate change regimes

  • Tom Moerenhout (Global Subsidies Initiative - IISD): Dual pricing schemes under international trade & investment agreements.
  • Harro van Asselt (Stockholm Environment Institute): Promoting fossil fuel subsidy reform through international trade agreements: A political economy perspective.
  • Manual Sanchez (Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies): Fossil fuel subsidies and energy consumption: Why are differentiated tax regimes vulnerable under WTO law?
  • Kusum Lata (UNFCCC): Addressing negative impacts of subsidy removal to facilitate higher climate change ambitions under Paris commitments.

11.00-11.20        Coffee break

11.20-13.00   Session 2: Trade impacts of fuel subsidies and their reform

  • Kangni Roland Kpodar (IMF): Domestic fuel price changes and export growth in developing countries.
  • Manal Shehabi (Oxford Institute for Energy Studies): Is energy subsidy reform in an oil-exporter small economy beneficial to trade? The case of Kuwait.
  • Louise Roos (Victoria University): Subsidy reform in Saudi Arabia: A CGE analysis.

13.00-14.00        Lunch break, Graduate Institute

14.00-16.20  Session 3:  Trade impacts of fuel subsidies and their reform (continued)

  • Habtamu Fuje (Columbia University): Fuel subsidy reforms, transportation costs and commodity price dispersion.
  • Ron Steenblik (OECD): The long decline in European subsidized coal production: What were the trade effects?
  • Fan Zhang (World Bank): Analyzing the effect of energy costs on manufacturing exports: How important are intermediate goods?

16.20-16.40        Coffee break

16.40-17.30        Session 4: Discussion, conclusion and next steps (publication & research agenda)


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