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Assuring Development Gains from the International Trading System and Trade Negotiations Interactive Thematic Session
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16 June 2004, 10h00 - 13h00, Plenary Hall
Assuring Development Gains from the International Trading System and Trade Negotiations | Assuring Development Gains (Trade), Session I
A contribution to "an open, equitable, rule-based, predictable, and non-discriminatory multilateral trading and financial system".

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Background information and Purpose: The thematic session will explore policy approaches and UNCTAD’s contribution to achieving the Millennium Development Goals, including the commitment "to an open, equitable, rule-based, predictable, and non-discriminatory multilateral trading and financial system". The fundamental challenge is to make the international trading system more appropriately designed and effectively functioning in order to ensure commercially meaningful and measurable development gains for developing countries from international trade and trade negotiations.

Questions to be addressed by the session include the following:

What pacing and sequencing of trade policy reforms, best practices and required policy space and complementary policies are optimal for generating sustained economic growth, poverty reduction and development?

Based on past lessons and national experiences, what is the optimal and balanced approach to trade liberalization, including in the Doha negotiations, to maximize development gains from international trade?

How can the international trading system be fine-tuned to maximize the gains from trade for countries at different levels of development?

How can coherence be ensured between trade and trade liberalization policies and social policies, including social safety nets and pro-poor policies, financial, monetary, technological and labour market policies in pursuing sustainable development?

What should be the relationship between the capacities of developing countries, levels of obligations, costs of implementation and adjustment, and adequacy of financial and technical resources?

What are the optimal balance and sequencing in articulating regional/bilateral and multilateral approaches so that both processes are coherent and beneficial for development?

What support measures should be undertaken by the international community to foster South-South trade?

Expected outcome: The session is expected to provide policy insights based on development experiences and approaches; contribute to intergovernment consensus building; and identify future areas of work in international trade and trade negotiations that will promote the conference theme of "enhancing coherence between national development strategies and global economic processes towards economic growth and development, particularly of developing countries". The session will explore policy approaches and UNCTAD&apo;s contribution to make the international trading system more appropriately designed and effectively functioning in order to ensure commercially meaningful and measurable development gains for developing countries from international trade and trade negotiations, consistent with the Millennium Development Goals, including the commitment "to an open, equitable, rule-based, predictable, and non-discriminatory multilateral trading and financial system".

 

Quick links: | Millennium Development Goals |

Downloads [PDF]: | Statement by Hans Peter Lankers, IMF |


Contact: Ms. Mina Mashayekhi,  UNCTAD.  E-mail: mina.mashayekhi@unctad.org




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