Stefano is a senior trade lawyer, Chief of Technical Assistance in the Division for Africa, LDCs and Special Programmes of UNCTAD. He has over 30 years of experience in designing, managing and delivering research and capacity building programs in Asia-Pacific, Africa and Latin America, with a focus on legal, regulatory and institutional trade and customs issues, including tariff reform, trade law, regional trade agreements, rules of origin, and market access. Stefano matured his extensive expertise by advising Governments and private sector in negotiating and drafting trade agreements at WTO, WCO, and in (mega-)regional and bilateral FTAs. Stefano is the author of one of the most comprehensive analytical books on rules of origin (Rules of origin in International Trade, Cambridge University Press, 2009, forthcoming edition 2021) and has co-authored ASEAN rules of origin: a way forward and The foundations of the ASEAN Economic Community , Cambridge University Press 2015. Stefano holds Masters and LLM degrees from the College of Europe, Belgium.
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The massive Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership presents a major trade opportunity for Asia but there are still critical details that need to be worked out.
With mega trade deals and digitalization, we need to rethink aid for trade with more focus on policy and regulatory support.