The growth of international trade and investment has been stagnating in recent years. This is partly explained by the increase in protectionist measures adopted by the countries of the G20. This calls into question whether the internationalization of production should still be seen as a driver of growth going forward.

Such a view is further predicated by some as the world and in particular G20 countries are experiencing a strong surge in anti-globalization sentiments. As the G20 faces the challenge to reform international trade and investment policies and make global value chains more inclusive, this Task Force will develop policy recommendations that help beginning to address these important challenges.

The Taskforce “Trade and Investment” is co-chaired by:


Axel Berger

Institute: DIE German Development Institute

Function: Researcher

Country: Germany

Research: International Trade and Investment Agreements, Policy Diffusion, Global Economic Governance, G20


Fernando Blumenschein

Institute: Foundation Getulio Vargas

Function: Project Coordinator of FGV-Projecos

Country: Brazil

Research: Applied Macroeconomics Modeling,  Market Analysis and Forecasting

Ricardo photo Silks

Ricardo Meléndez-Ortiz

Institute: ICTSD – International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development

Function: Chief Executive Officer

Country: Switzerland

Research: Global economic governance; trade and investment law and policy; innovation, digital economy and intellectual property rights; services trade; environment; climate; energy; agriculture and food security; development and structural transformation; oceans and fisheries.


Alessio Terzi

Institute: Bruegel

Function: Affiliate Fellow

Country: Belgium

Research: G20, structural reforms, long-term growth