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DEVELOPMENT: CTD100

Current and future perspectives on trade and development
Commemorative event to mark the 100th session of the WTO's Committee on Trade and Development

Thursday, 24 November 2016, 10.00-13.00
Centre William Rappard (Room W)

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Background

A commemorative event to mark the 100th session of the Committee on Trade and Development (CTD) will be held on 24 November. This is a significant milestone for the multilateral trading system — and for the CTD, which serves as a focal point for the consideration and coordination of development work in the WTO.

The event will provide an opportunity for participants to discuss current and future perspectives on trade and development. Two substantive sessions will be held. The first will look at the evolution of trade and development over the past 20 years, since the first meeting of the CTD in 1995, and will cover current perspectives on this topic. The second session will be forward looking. It will explore future challenges and what needs to be done to ensure trade works even better as a tool for development.

The event will be inaugurated by WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo and will be chaired by Ambassador Christopher Onyanga Aparr (Uganda), Chair of the CTD.

 

Programme

10:00–10:30 — Opening session

10:30-11:40 — Session 1: current perspectives over 20 years of trade and development

Speakers include:

  • Mr Eloi Laourou
    Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Benin to the WTO
    Presentation
  • Mr Marc Vanheukelen
    Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the European Union to the WTO
    Presentation
  • Mr Marcus Bartley Johns
    Senior Trade Specialist, World Bank Group
    Presentation
  • Mr Jaime De Melo
    Scientific Advisor, Foundation for International Development Study and Research (Ferdi) and Emeritus Professor, University of Geneva
    Presentation

    Presentations by the speakers will be followed by a discussion.

11:40-12:50 Ś Session 2: looking ahead — what remains to be done

Speakers include:

  • Mr Syed Tauqir Shah
    Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the WTO
  • Mr Eduardo Ernesto Sperisen-Yurt
    Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Guatemala to the WTO
  • Ms Mari Kiviniemi
    Deputy Secretary-General, OECD
  • Ms Hanne Melin
    Director of Global Public Policy, eBay
    Presentation

    Presentations by the speakers will be followed by a discussion.

12:50-13:00 — Closing remarks

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