The RTA Exchange, jointly implemented by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), is a platform that convenes purposeful multi-stakeholder dialogues that works in the interest of constructing better trade and investment agreements for sustainable development at the regional and multilateral levels.

As the number of RTAs has burgeoned over recent decades, the rules-based multilateral trading system is challenged to develop a new approach to RTAs in order to benefit from the opportunities and innovations provided by such agreements for promoting integration while advancing sustainable development. The RTA Exchange facilitates debate on the linkages among RTAs as well as the interface between regional and multilateral arrangements.

In 2017, the RTA Exchange started releasing policy papers organised along thematic tracks built around focused multi-stakeholder dialogues. This engagement is expected to gather momentum and will help develop knowledge on RTAs and consolidate information previously scattered across various fora and institutions.

Watch sessions from the RTA Exchange stream at TSDS 2017