2009 Events

Reforming and Strengthening the WTO

Dec. 2, 2009 • Geneva, Switzerland | WTO Ministerial Conference

The side event of the 7th WTO Ministerial Conference was organized by CUTS GRC together with FES, Geneva. It discussed ways in which the WTO can be reformed and strengthened so that it continues to play its role in global economic governance. Some important topics for discussion included inclusiveness, transparency and efficiency as well as substantive issues of interest to WTO Members, especially developing countries. The event was moderated by Pradeep S. Mehta, Secretary General, CUTS International, and speakers included Faizel Ismail, Head of the South African Delegation to the WTO, Celine Charveriat, Deputy Advocacy and Campaigns Director, OXFAM International, and Steffen Grammling, Program Officer for Trade and Development, FES Geneva.

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Doha Round Implications for India: Presentation of a Study by CUTS International

Dec. 1, 2009 • Geneva, Switzerland | WTO Ministerial Conference

During the side event to the 7th WTO Ministerial Conference the findings of a CUTS study undertaken by Dr. Selim Raihan and Dr. Bazlul Khondker of South Asian Network on Economic Modeling (SANEM), Dhaka, Bangladesh were presented and discussed. The authors examined the impact of the Doha Development Round on India with regards to agricultural liberalisation, NAMA negotiations and domestic services liberalisation.

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Trade Governance and Developing Countries: The Need for Effective Inter-Ministerial Coordination and Stakeholder Consultations for Trade Policy

Nov. 30, 2009 • Geneva, Switzerland | WTO Ministerial Conference

The panel discussion organized at the 7th WTO Ministerial Conference by CUTS GRC jointly with CSEND, aimed to provide insights how developing countries can reap the benefits of trade. Despite international efforts to provide support for trade capacity building, developing, transition and least developed countries are often not able to improve their trade performance due to deficient policy coordination at the interministerial level and limited trade policy consultation with key stakeholders from private sector and civil society organisations.

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Tanzania National Dialogue 2009

May 22, 2009 • Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania | FEATS Project

CUTS Geneva Resource Centre, in collaboration with Economic and Social Research Foundation (ESRF), organized the first FEATS National Dialogue with key stakeholders in Tanzania on May 22, 2009. Main objectives were to strengthen interaction with and among kestakeholders, disseminate findings of the first phase research on Inclusiveness of Trade Policy Making Processes in project countries, and seek further feedback on emerging findings in the second phase country-specific research on agriculture-related issues.

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Uganda National Dialogue 2009

May 20, 2009 • Kampala, Uganda | FEATS Project

CUTS Geneva Resource Centre, in collaboration with SEATINI, organized the first FEATS National Dialogue with key stakeholders in Uganda on May 20, 2009. Main objectives were to strengthen interaction with and among kestakeholders, disseminate findings of the first phase research on Inclusiveness of Trade Policy Making Processes in project countries, and seek further feedback on emerging findings in the second phase country-specific research on agriculture-related issues.

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Kenya National Dialogue 2009

May 19, 2009 • Nairobi, Kenya | FEATS Project

CUTS Geneva Resource Centre, in collaboration with CUTS ARC Nairobi, organized the first FEATS National Dialogue with key stakeholders in Kenya on May 19, 2009. Main objectives were to strengthen interaction with and among kestakeholders, disseminate findings of the first phase research on Inclusiveness of Trade Policy Making Processes in project countries, and seek further feedback on emerging findings in the second phase country-specific research on agriculture-related issues.

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Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in the Economic Crisis: Specific Challenges and Solutions

May 18, 2009 • Geneva, Switzerland | UNCTAD Public Symposium

CUTS Geneva Resource Centre, in collaboration with Oxfam International, organized a breakout session on the subject during the first day of the first UNCTAD Public Symposium on 18 May 2009 at Geneva. Topic of the discussions were the specific challenges LDCs face during the economic crisis and the offered solutions.

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The Multilateral Trading System: Opportunities and Challenges for East Africa

April 29-30, 2009 • Nairobi, Kenya

Under this title a joint outreach event of CUTS and the WTO was organized on 29-30 April 2009 in Nairobi, Kenya.

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Zambia National Dialogue 2009

Apr. 8, 2009 • Lusaka, Zambia | FEATS Project

CUTS Geneva Resource Centre, in collaboration with CUTS ARC Lusaka, organized the first FEATS National Dialogue with key stakeholders in Zambia on April 8, 2009. Main objectives were to strengthen interaction with and among kestakeholders, disseminate findings of the first phase research on Inclusiveness of Trade Policy Making Processes in project countries, and seek further feedback on emerging findings in the second phase country-specific research on agriculture-related issues.

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Malawi National Dialogue 2009

Apr. 6, 2009 • Lilongwe, Malawi | FEATS Project

CUTS Geneva Resource Centre organized the first FEATS National Dialogue with key stakeholders in Malawi on April 6, 2009. Main objectives were to strengthen interaction with and among kestakeholders, disseminate findings of the first phase research on Inclusiveness of Trade Policy Making Processes in project countries, and seek further feedback on emerging findings in the second phase country-specific research on agriculture-related issues.

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