DEVELOPMENT: AID FOR TRADE
Aid for Trade Workshops
5 November 2018 - 10.00-13.00, ROOM CR
Industrialization, economic diversification and structural transformation
Limited economic diversification, dependence on a narrow range of exported goods or services and trading partners, constrained domestic production capacity; these are some of the fundamental challenges that the Aid-for-Trade Initiative seeks to address. Aid for Trade is about assisting developing countries to increase exports of goods and services, to integrate into the multilateral trading system, and to benefit from liberalized trade and increased market access.
Conceptually, economic diversification contains different elements: export diversification, structural transformation and industrialization. It implies the shift to a more varied production structure, involving the introduction of new or the expansion of pre-existing products and services, together with industrialization through manufacturing (value added).
This workshop will highlight trends in economic diversification and industrialization. It will highlight policy perspectives and discuss national experiences through presentations of practice perspectives.
10.00-10.15 Setting the Scene
- "Trends in production diversification in developing countries", Dayong, Yu, Senior Statistical Officer, Economic Research and Statistics Division, World Trade Organization
10.15-11.45 Policy Perspectives
- "Structural change for inclusive and sustainable industrial development", Frank Van Rompaey, Head, United Nations Industrial Development Organization Office in Geneva
- "Structural transformation in the era of international production: risks, opportunities and policy challenges", Piergiuseppe Fortunato, Economic Affairs Officer, Globalisation and Development Strategies Division, United Nations Conference for Trade and Development, UNCTAD
- "The future of manufacturing and development: three things to remember", Annalisa Primi, Head, Structural Policies and Innovation, OECD Development Centre
11.45-13.00 Practice Perspectives
- "Structural transformation and moving up textile and apparel value chains", Debora Maria Ponce Ogaldez, Counsellor, Permanent Mission of Guatemala to the WTO
- "Economic diversification and the least developed countries", Talha Mahamat Alim, Expert Coordinator of the WTO LDC Group
- "Industrialisation: Toward a Development Agenda for Structural Transformation"
"Continental vision for industrialisation and structural transformation", Vahini Naidu, Counsellor, South African Permanent Mission to the WTO
"Industrial development in Ethiopia", Geremew Ayalew Haile, Minister Counsellor, Permanent Mission of Ethiopia to the United Nations Office at Geneva and other International Organizations in Switzerland
5 November 2018 15.00-18.00, room CR
Economic diversification and empowerment with a focus on youth and women, (including in rural areas)
Women's economic empowerment has been an objective of the Aid-for-Trade Initiative since its inception. Reference can be found in the Aid-for-Trade Task Force recommendations from 2006. Focus on the issue has grown, as evidenced by the greater profile given to this topic in recent Global Reviews. Monitoring and evaluation results highlight a similar increase in focus, both by developing countries and their financing partners.
The workshop will highlight emerging policy perspectives and discuss national experiences through presentations of practice perspectives. Particular focus will be given to the youth and rural dimensions of empowerment through Aid for Trade.
15.00-15.20 Setting the scene
- “Meeting youth and women employment challenges through economic diversification and sectoral strategies: Examples from ILO’s global programmes”, Drew Gardiner, Youth Employment Specialist and Bolormaa Tumurchudur Klok, Technical Specialist, International Labour Organization
15.20-16.30 Practice Perspectives
- "National experience and best practice – a perspective from Jamaica ", Cheryl K. Spencer, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Jamaica to the WTO
- "National experience and best practice – a perspective from The Philippines", Manuel A.J. Teehankee, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Philippines to the WTO
Question and answer session
16.30-18.00 Policy Perspectives
- "Advancing women and youth's economic empowerment through inclusive trade policies", Simonetta Zarrilli, Chief, Trade, Gender and Development Programme, Division on International Trade and Commodities (DITC), UNCTAD
- "Meeting aspirations of inclusive and sustainable development", Fahad Khan, Economist, Economic Research and Regional Co-operation Department, Asian Development Bank
- "Accelerating Progress towards the Economic Empowerment of Rural Women", Wirya Khim, Natural Resources and Resilience Officer, FAO Geneva
Question and answer session