AID FOR TRADE: JOINT WTO/WORLD BANK TRADE AND POVERTY FORUM
Joint WTO/World Bank Trade and Poverty Forum — “Connecting to trade: Policies and programmes for maximizing poverty reduction impact”
26 May 2016
in collaboration with the WTO Chairs Programme
Research has shown that the expansion of international trade is essential to development and poverty reduction and that trade can drive poverty reduction through a number of channels, including boosting growth, increasing productivity, and empowering women. Continued efforts are needed, however, to further enhance the integration of developing country markets into the global economy and to ensure that people living in extreme poverty can benefit fully from trade opportunities.
Trade and Poverty Forum
The Trade and Poverty Forum is being organized within the framework of the joint WTO/World Bank initiative on the role of trade in ending poverty and builds on a WTO-World Bank report launched in June 2015 on this topic (The Role of Trade in Ending Poverty). The key issue explored in the joint report is how sustained efforts to lower trade costs and integrate global markets can maximize the gains for the extreme poor while at the same time minimizing risks.
The Forum will provide an opportunity for the Geneva trade community to discuss the policy, development, and research agenda across a number of aspects of trade and poverty, including: (i) the future agenda for the Aid-for-Trade Initiative and trade policy; (ii) trade, employment and poverty alleviation; (iii) rural poverty and gender inequality: cross-cutting challenges; and (iv) innovative approaches to gathering and using data for greater impact.
The Joint WTO/World Bank Trade and Poverty Forum — “Connecting to trade: Policies and programmes for maximizing poverty reduction impact” is the first of the dedicated thematic events foreseen in the Aid-for-Trade Work Programme 2016-2017 (WT/COMTD/AFT/W/60). The Forum seeks to explore ways of intensifying the positive impact on poverty of trade-related reforms and programmes.
Programme (Thursday, 26 May)
Audio - Speech
Session 1: Focus on rural poverty and gender inequality: cross-cutting challenges
Moderator: Selina Jackson, World Bank Group Special Representative to the WTO
Session 2: WTO Academic Programme
Lunchtime panel — Trade, employment and poverty alleviation
Moderator: Elsbeth Akkerman, Minister, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to the WTO
Session 3: Innovative approaches to gathering and using data for greater impact
Moderator: Michael Roberts, Head, Aid for Trade Unit, World Trade Organization
Session 4: Poverty reduction and trade — what next for Aid for Trade and trade-related policies?
Moderator: Julia Nielsen, Head, Development Division, Trade and Agriculture Directorate, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development