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Programme of the High Level Symposium on Trade and Development

World Trade Organization, Geneva, Wednesday, 17 March 1999

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Wednesday, 17 March 1999

9:30 Introduction and opening session
  Chair: Mr. Renato Ruggiero, Director-General, World Trade Organization
  Opening Statement by Mr. Ruggiero
  Address by Mr. Rubens Ricupero, Secretary General, UNCTAD
   
  Keynote addresses
   
  Mr. F. Paolo Fulci, President, ECOSOC
  Mr. Shigemitsu Sugisaki, Deputy Managing Director, International Monetary Fund, Washington, D.C.
  Mr. Caio K. Koch-Weser, Managing Director, Operations, The World Bank
  Professor T. N. Srinivasan, Samuel C. Park Jr. Professor of Economics and Chairman of the Department of Economics, Yale University, United States
   
11:30 Discussion with participants
   
13:00 Lunch
   
14:30 Panel 1: Linkages between Trade and Development Policies
  Moderator: Mr. Paul Collier, Director, Development Research Group, The World Bank
   
  Main speaker
  Mr. C. Fred Bergsten, Director, Institute of International Economics, Washington D.C.
   
15:00 Discussants
   
  Dr. Keith Bezanson, Director, Institute of Development Studies and Senior Fellow of IISD, U.K.
  María Livanos Cattaui, Secretary General, International Chamber of Commerce, Paris, France
  Professor Wontak Hong, University of Seoul, Republic of Korea
  Professor Deepak Nayyar, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India
  Mr. John Toye, Director, Globalization and Development Strategies Division, UNCTAD
16:30 Discussion with participants
   
18:00 Close

Thursday, 18 March 1999

9:00 Panel 2: Trade and Development prospects of Developing Countries
  Moderator: Mr. Rubens Ricupero, Secretary General, UNCTAD,
   
  Main speaker
  Mr. Carlos Alfredo Magariños, Director-General, UNIDO
   
9:30 Discussants
   
  Professor Marcelo de Paiva Abreu, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  Dr. Lal Jayawardena, Deputy Chairman, National Development Council, Colombo, Sri Lanka*
  Professor Ademola Oyejide, African Economic Research Consortium, Nairobi, Kenya
  Professor John Whalley, University of Western Ontario, Canada
10:30 Discussion with participants
   
12:30 Lunch
   
14:00

Panel 3: Further integration of Developing Countries, including Least-Developed Countries (LDCs), in the multilateral Trading System

   
  Moderator: Ambassador Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury, Permanent Mission of Bangladesh, Geneva
   
  Main speaker
  Hon. Mr. Alec Erwin, Minister of Trade and Industry, South Africa
14:30 Discussants
   
  Mr. Denis Bélisle, Executive Director, International Trade Centre, Geneva
  Mr. Robert Sharer, Chief, Trade Policy Division, IMF, Washington, D.C.
  Ms. Anna Kajumulo Tibaijuka, Special Coordinator for Least-Developed, Land-Locked and Island Developing Countries,
UNCTAD
  H.E. M. Moussa Touré, President of Commission, West African Economic and Monetary Union, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
15:30 Discussion with participants
   
17:30 Closing Remarks by Renato Ruggiero


* To be confirmed