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Trade policy in the crisis: what implications for development?

Date
Time (GMT +01) 13:00 17:30
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Speakers:

Supachai Panitchpakdi - Secretary-General of UNCTAD
Dominique Njinkeu - Director, ILEAP
Carlos Primo Braga - Senior Adviser, International Trade Department, The World Bank
Simon Evenett - Professor of Economics, University of St. Gallen
Ambassador Ransford Smith - Deputy Secretary-General, Commonwealth Secretariat
Susan Prowse - Programme leader, Trade Programme and Research Fellow, Overseas Development Institute
Pradeep Mehta - Secretary General, CUTS 
John Hancock- Counsellor, Trade and Finance Division, WTO Secretariat 
Bernard Hoekman - Director, Trade Department, World Bank

Chairs:

Alan Winters - Chief Economist DFID and Professor of Economics, University of Sussex (TBC)

Sheila Page - Senior Research Associate, ODI

Description

The global financial crisis has raised fears of a shift to protectionist trade policies, which could reverse decades of progressive liberalisation. However,  no  clear  evidence  has  emerged  on  how  trade  policies  have  responded  to  the  crisis and  the  implications  for  developing  countries’  trade  prospects  are  still  unknown.

At this event, leading experts will focus on three issues: whether and how the global crisis has affected trade policy across countries; the extent to which trade policy responses to the crisis have influenced developing countries’ capacity to trade; and finally, what types of policies may maximise the developmental benefits of trade during the crisis, as well as the possible role of multilateral institutions in promoting such policies.

The event will be followed by the launch of the new World Bank book on Trade Preference Erosion