Wednesday March 21

08:00-08:25  Registration

08:30-09:00 Welcome adress by Naceur Azaiez, Dean of Tunis Business School

Welcome adress by Leila Baghdadi, WTO Chair Holder, Tunis Business School


09:00-10:30 Session 1: Global Value Chains (GVCs) and Trade Agreements
Chair: Mustapha Kamel Nabli, Nabes Lab and Ex-Governor of the Tunisian Central Bank
09:00-09:45 GVCs and the Endogenous Geography of RTAS
Lionel Fontagné, Professor of Economics, Paris School of Economics-Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne
09:45-10:30  Value chain activity in the age of murky trade policies
Marion Jansen, Chief Economist, International Trade Centre


10:30-10:45 Coffee break


10:45-12:15 Session 2: SMEs Competitiveness and GVCs

Chair: Bernard Hoekman, Robert Shuman Chair, European University Institute

10:45-11:15 SMEs and Global Value Chains Participation in the MENA region
Chahir Zaki, Cairo University, with Rym Ayadi and Giorgia Giovannetti
11:15-11:45 In search of a new development model for Tunisia: Assessing the performance of the offshore regime
Sonia Ben Kheder, WTO Chair at Tunis Business School, with Leila Baghdadi and Hassen Arouri
11:45-12:15 Multinational Production and Intra-Firm Trade
Ayhab Saad, Doha School of Graduate Studies, with Vanessa Alvariez


12:15-13:30 Lunch


13:30-15:00 Session 3: Services, GVCs and Trade Agreements

Chair: Lionel Fontagné, Paris School of Economics-Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne
Services Trade Liberalization, Regulation and Deep Integration Agreements
Bernard Hoekman,
Robert Shuman Chair, European University Institute, with Matteo Fiorini

14:00-14:30 The Impact of Free Trade Agreements on MENA Trade in Intermediate and final Goods
Inma Martinez-Zarzozo, Professor of Economics, University of Göttingen, and Professor of Economics, Universidad Jaime I
14:30-15:00 GVC and MENA Trade Agreements
Rym Ayadi, Professor of International Banking and Financial Systems at HEC Montreal and Director of the International Research Centre on Cooperative Finance


15:00-15:15 Coffee break


15:15-16:45 Panel: Firm Competitiveness and Global Value Chains
Chair: Aff Chelbi, President of the Council of Economic Analysis
Speakers: Aziz Jaid, UNECA, Rabat Regional Ofce, Marion Jansen, Chief
Economist, International Trade Centre, Raoudha Hadhri, ITCEQ, Jade Salhab, World Bank

Thursday March 22

09:00-10:30 Session 5: Informal Trade
Chair: Sami Ben Sassi
Bribery and Informal Cross Border Trade: Evidence from Benin
Sami Bensassi, Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham
The Crossborder Connection: Informal Trade and Social Stability on the Algerian Tunisian Frontier
Matt Herbert, Fletcher School, Tufts University
Tomatoes and Terrorists – The Institutional Regulation of Informal Cross-Border Trade in the Maghreb
Max Gallien, London School of Economics 


10:30-11:15 Coffee break


11:15-13:00 Round table on informal trade
Lotf Ayadi, Expert; Nidhal Ben Cheikh, Oxford Policy Management and Unicef Consultant; Sami Ben Sassi, Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham; Chaima Bouhlel, Program Director, Barr El Aman; Youssef Cherif, Political Analyst; Max Gallien, London School of Economics

Closing remarks, Leila Baghdadi, WTO Chair Holder at Tunis Business School

13:00-14:00 Lunch

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