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WFSGI Hosts Session on Seeking Answers to Global Trade Challenges

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BERN, Switzerland - The World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI) has the opportunity to host a session at the WTO Public Forum for the first time. This kick-off event marks the beginning of the man-year for the WTO and all the missions to the international organizations. The topic of the Public Forum 2011 is: “seeking answers to global trade challenges.”

The WFSGI will organize a session under the sub-theme “Made in the World and Value-Added Trade”. The purpose of this session is to show the importance of open markets for sporting goods in order to increase the public access to sport, including cycling.

The sporting goods business, including the bicycle industry contributes to global health by promoting access to sport and encouraging physically active lifestyles. While investing in sports’ competitions form the pure nucleus, whole industries have evolved around this, providing workplaces for hundreds of thousands of employees. Nevertheless the global sporting goods industry is faced with the highest tariffs and trade-defence measures worldwide.

The WFSGI is in favour of pursuing freer and fairer global trade and seeks to highlight the benefits of more open markets as well as the risks associated with protectionism. As the sporting goods industry is at the forefront of globalization and sporting footwear and apparel are very much ‘made in the world’.

If tariff and non-tariff barriers to trade were eliminated, there would be significant cost savings for manufacturers, brands, consumers and society alike. There is a lot more to it: An increasing participation in sport would be a “win-win” situation for society in terms of public health and for the industry in terms of economics.

What are the challenges for governments in the WTO negotiations and what contribution can the industry make to help move the negotiations towards a beneficial conclusion? A panel of speakers will dig deeper in this subject. The speakers are Frank Dassler, General Counsel, adidas Group and President of the Federation of the European Sporting Goods Industry(FESI), Tom Cove, President, Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association (USA), Edwin Vermulst, Trade Counsel, WFSGI and Partner Vermulst Verhaeghe Graafsma & Bronckers, Yi-fu Lin, Permanent Mission of Chinese Taipei to the World Trade Organization (WTO). The session will be moderated by Mr. Robbert de Kock, Secretary General of the WFSGI.

The session will take place on September 21, 2011 from 11:15 to 13:15 in the Meeting Room D at the WTO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Participation is free of admission. For more details:

For participation please register personally on:

Registration Deadline for WTO Public Forum 2011: September 14, 2011!

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by Bike Europe last update:11 Jul 2012

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