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Launch by Director-General Roberto Azevêdo of the book: “African Perspectives on Trade and the WTO: Domestic Reforms, Structural Transformation and Global Economic Integration”

28 September 2016

The publication “African Perspectives on Trade and the WTO: Domestic Reforms, Structural Transformation and Global Economic Integration” is based on contributions to the Fourth China Round Table on WTO Accessions and the Multilateral Trading System, which took place just before the WTO's Tenth Ministerial Conference in Nairobi in December 2015.

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Book Launch Session

Wednesday, 28 September 2016
Time: 14:30 — 15:30
Venue: room W

14:30 — 14:35

  • Brief remarks by Ambassador Chiedu Osakwe, Book Co-editor and Trade Advisor to the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment and Chief Negotiator, Nigeria

14:35 — 14:40

  • Introductory Remarks by Director-General Roberto Azevêdo
    Statement
     

14:40 — 14:50

  • Introduction of the Book by Co-Editor, Mr. Patrick Low, Former Chief Economist, WTO

14:50 — 15:30   

  • Panel Discussion on African Perspectives on Trade and the WTO
     
    • H.E. Mr. Joshua Setipa, Minister of Trade and Industry, Kingdom of Lesotho
    • H.E. Mr.  Axel Addy, Minister of Commerce and Industry, Republic of Liberia
    • H.E. Dr. Okechukwu Enelamah, Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Federal Republic of Nigeria

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Working Session

“Post-Nairobi: Africa, Trade Multilateralism and a 21st Century Trade Agenda”

Wednesday, 28 September 2016
Time: 15:30 — 17:00
Venue: room W

15:30 — 15:35

  • Brief opening remarks by moderator Patrick Low, Former Chief Economist, WTO

15:35 — 15:45

  • Trade Policy Trends in Africa: Empirical Evidence from 20 Years of WTO Trade Policy Reviews — presented by Ms. Maika Oshikawa, Officer in Charge Accessions Division

15:45 — 15:55

  • Integration into Regional and Global Value Chains — How is it done? — presented by H.E Mr. Joshua Setipa, Minister of Trade and Industry of Lesotho

15:55 — 16:05

  • African Trade Integration: Participation in Global Value Chains — by Mr. Bernard Hoekman, Professor and Director, Global Economics at Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute

16:05 — 16:15

  • Trade Rules, Industrial Policy and Competitiveness: Implications for Africa's Development — presented by Chiedu Osakwe

16:15 — 16:30

  • Concluding remarks by Ambassador Stephen Ndung'u Karau, Permanent Representative of Kenya to the UN

16:30 — 17:00

  • Open discussion

Full audio of the Working Session

17.00

  • Cocktail Reception

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