Trade and Gender in Modern Free Trade Agreements – Sept 19

  • Trade and Gender in Modern Free Trade Agreements
    September 19, 2017
    12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

The Association of Women in International Trade (WIIT) invites you to a Trade Talk on the potential for a trade and gender chapter in modern FTAs, including in a modernized NAFTA. The talk will highlight why it is important to look at trade from the perspective of gender and the progression of gender provisions in trade agreements. Women’s participation in the economy has an impact on productivity and investment in human capital. Socio-economic gender disparities can limit women’s economic engagement and earnings.  Gender disparities at the national level can limit the potential gains from trade.  Creating a trade and gender chapter in modern FTAs can facilitate women’s economic engagement and access to the benefits of trade and investment. The session will be moderated by Jessica Wasserman, owner and managing principal of Wasserman & Associates.


Rodrigo Contreras
Chief of Economic Department, Embassy of Chile in Washington DC

Rodrigo Contreras is the head of the Economic Department at the Embassy of Chile in the United States. During his career, he has approached trade and integration policies from different perspectives: as a university professor; an international negotiator in bilateral, regional, and multilateral processes (including TPP, TISA and the Pacific Alliance); a delegate in international organizations such as the OECD and the WTO; a legal counsel and advisor of the government of Chile; a consultant at the Inter-American Development Bank; and currently, as the trade and economic commissioner of Chile in the United States. In his current position, he represents the economic and trade interests of Chile in the United States, including relations with the Administration, Congress, private sector, NGOs, and multilateral organizations. In addition, his duties include promoting and facilitating exports of Chilean goods and services to the United States, attracting foreign direct investment to Chile, and promoting Chile as a tourist, business, and education destination. He holds a law degree from Universidad de Valparaiso (Chile) and an LLM from Georgetown University (Fulbright scholar).


Paul Brenton
Paul Brenton, Lead Economist (Trade and Regional Integration), Africa Region, World Bank

Paul Brenton is Lead Economist in the Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice of the World Bank. He focuses on analytical and operation work on trade and regional integration in Africa. He is co-editor of the books De-Fragmenting Africa: Deepening Regional Trade Integration in Goods and Services and Africa can Help Feed Africa, as well as the World Bank Report Women and Trade in Africa: Realizing the Potential. He recently co-authored the joint World Bank-WTO report on The Role of Trade in Ending Poverty. Paul joined the Bank in 2002, having previously been Senior Research Fellow and Head of the Trade Policy Unit at the Centre for European Policy Studies in Brussels. Before that he lectured in economics at the University of Birmingham in the UK. He has a PhD in Economics from the University of East Anglia. A collection of Paul’s work has recently been published in the volume International Trade, Distribution and Development: Empirical Studies of Trade Policies. Many of his research and policy papers are available at

View Paul Brenton Publications


Jennifer Danner Riccardi
Senior Trade Advisor, Delegation of the European Union in Washington DC

Jen Riccardi serves as a Senior Advisor working in the Trade and Agriculture section of the Delegation of the European Union in Washington, DC. She is responsible for promoting transatlantic trade throughout the United States. Her portfolio notably includes government procurement, trade in financial services and investment issues, including investment dispute settlement.
Prior to joining the Delegation, Jen was the Economic Counselor at the Embassy of Luxembourg, ran a small consulting group, and was the Senior Advisor for Trade and Investment at the British Embassy Washington. From 1993-2005, Jen practiced law in the international trade practice at Dewey Ballantine. She studied political science and history at Fordham University and earned her JD from the George Washington University.


Jessica Wasserman

Jessica Wasserman is a government relations expert and attorney with experience in politics, government and law. Her sophisticated understanding of the Washington policy making ecosystem and the key players at relevant government and international organizations allows her to help you cut to the chase.

Ms. Wasserman has held senior positions in the Executive Branch in international economic and trade policy positions at the Departments of Commerce, and Agriculture.

Ms. Wasserman has been the owner and managing principal of Wasserman & Associates for more than 10 years. Previously she was a partner at a major Washington DC law firm. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School.

Attendees are invited to bring their own lunch.
Preregistration recommended due to limited space.

The World Bank Great Lakes Trade Facilitation Project focused on women and trade policy.

Canada-Chile Chapter
Appendix II – Chapter N bis–Trade and Gender








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