The role of trade in developing countries' road to recovery

Launch of the joint policy note by the World Bank Group and the World Trade Organization.

Virtual — Zoom

You are cordially invited to the launch of the joint policy note by the World Bank Group and the World Trade Organization, The role of trade in developing countries' road to recovery. If you wish to attend, you are kindly invited to register through this online registration form. The event will be livestreamed: here.

We are at a critical moment. Two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, the human and economic toll has been incalculable, years of hard-won development progress risk being reversed, and the recovery has been uneven, inequitable and insufficiently supportive of a green transition. Even though trade has bounced back from its pandemic slump, helping to jump-start the recovery, not all countries have benefited, and the global trading system is under stress.

What is the role of trade in supporting the economic recovery, reducing poverty and accelerating the low-carbon transition? How can we ensure that the gains from trade are equally shared? How can we collaborate better to make trade a force for inclusive, resilient and sustainable economies?

Join us for a lively session to discuss these issues and the complementary roles of the World Bank Group and the WTO in reinvigorating trade for inclusive, resilient, and sustainable development.

2.00 - 2.10 PM

Introductory remarks

  • Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Director-General, World Trade Organization
  • Mari Pangestu, Managing Director, Development Policy and Partnerships, World Bank Group

2.10 - 2.30 PM

Brief presentation of the joint note

  • José-Antonio Monteiro, Research Economist, World Trade Organization

2.30 - 3.30 PM

Panel discussion moderated by Anabel González, Deputy Director-General, World Trade Organization


  • Tipu Munshi, Minister of Commerce, Bangladesh
  • María Ximena Lombana Villalba, Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, Colombia
  • Betty C. Maina, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Industrialization, Trade and Enterprise Development, Kenya
  • Indermit Gill, Vice President, Equitable Growth, Finance and Institutions, World Bank Group



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