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5 December 2007: Can aid fix trade? The new Aid for Trade agenda - Profiles of panelists and discussants


 

Uri Dadush - World Bank

Uri Dadush, a French national, became Director of the International Trade Department in July 2002. This department provides a single venue for accountability for trade-related work in the World Bank. In this position, Mr. Dadush is also responsible for managing the Development Prospects Group. This Group is responsible for analysis and projections of the world economy and its implications for developing countries, including the trends in capital flows and prices of primary commodities. Mr. Dadush was previously Chair of the Economic Policy Sector Board and Director of Economic Policy.

Prior to joining the World Bank in 1992, Mr. Dadush was President of the Economist Intelligence Unit, part of The Economist Group, from 1986 to 1992. He was Group Vice President, International, for Data Resources, Inc., from 1982 -1996. He has also served as a senior consultant with McKinsey and Co. in Italy and Denmark.

Mr. Dadush received B.A. and M.A. degrees in Economics from Hebrew University and a Ph.D. in Business Economics from Harvard University.

 

H.E. Patrick I. Gomes – Ambassador of Guyana

Ambassador Patrick Gomes of Guyana is currently Chairman of the ACP Ambassadors Consultative Group on Sugar and previously lectured in the Faculties of Agriculture and Social Sciences at the University of the West Indies, St Augustine Trinidad and Tobago from 1974-1990 after which he served as Executive Director of the Caribbean Centre for Development Administration (CARICAD) in Barbados until 2004.

Dr Gomes has published articles on R&D Institutions in the agricultural sector, organizational structures for improved management of community-based and farmers’ organizations and development policies for sustainable forestry management.

A text book on Rural Development in the Caribbean was edited by Dr Gomes by St Martin’s Press 1985.

 

Glennys Kinnock – European Parliament and ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly

Glennys Kinnock was elected to the European Parliament in 1994 and re-elected in 1999 and 2004. She now represents Wales and is a Member of the European Parliament Development and Co-operation Committee.

Glennys has been Co-President of the African, Caribbean and Pacific States ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly since 2002 and Labour Party Spokesperson for International Development in the European Parliament.

Glennys is President of One World Action, the Development NGO. She is also Patron of the Drop the Debt Campaign, Vice President of Parliamentarians for Global Action, Board Member World Parliamentarian Magazine and a Council Member of Voluntary Service Overseas.

 

Philip Kiriro – Eastern African Farmers Federation (EAFF)

Mr. Philip Kiriro has a long experience in rural agriculture. He was previously appointed as an extension specialist in Agriculture by the Government of Kenya from 1973 to 1975. He later became a lecturer at Egerton University in Kenya. Mr. Kiriro was also the Chairman Livestock Committee Agricultural Society of Kenya (ASK- NAKURU BRANCH), a Council Member Agricultural Society of Kenya (ASK-NATIONAL), and the Chairman Kenya National Farmers Union (KNFU). He is former Vice Patron Kenya National Federation of Agricultural Producers (KENFAP). Mr. Kiriro was a consultant on NEPAD/CAADP initiative to empower and ensure participation of farmers for Southern and Eastern Africa. He has undertaken evaluation assignments for donor agencies with projects in Africa within the farming communities. He has an M. Sc. Degree from Texas A & M University as well as a wide range of post University training in Agriculture policy, Biochemical Genetics Advocacy and Participatory Development. He is a farmer in Nakuru District of Kenya.

 

Mwanda Musonda - COMESA

Mr Mwansa Musonda is a Senior Trade Advisor at the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA). He is an Economist by profession. Prior to joining COMESA, Mr Musonda previously worked for the Zambia State Insurance Corporation and the Export Board of Zambia at the where he worked in various capacities rising to become its Chief Executive. Mr Musonda has also done several consultancy assignments for a number of organisations in trade promotion strategies, export marketing, country economic analysis and research reports, and training strategies for trade promotion officials. He has done numerous research assignments and served as a resource person to various meetings and workshops of United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, the World Trade Organisation, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and several research institutions in eastern and southern Africa. Mr Musonda has also served as a Director on the Boards of several companies.

At COMESA, he deals with the liberalisation and integration of the regional trade regime (the Free Trade Area and preparations for the Customs Union), trade disputes, the formulation and implementation of the regional competition law and policy, and multilateral trade issues including food aid. He has been among COMESA’s delegates, in an observer capacity, to the WTO Ministerial Conferences of 1999, 2001, 2003 and 2005.

 

Cornelius T. Mwalwanda – United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)

Trade and development economist, as well as central banker with extensive knowledge of international finance and problems of structural adjustment of African economies as well as multilateral trade negotiations. After serving his country Malawi, Dr Mwalwanda joined the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) in 1990, and has served as Chief of the Monetary and Financial Relations Section in the former Trade and Development Finance Division, and Team Leader of the Trade, Debt and Finance in the Economic and Social Policy Division. He often served as substantive Officer-in-Charge of the former Trade and Development Finance Division (TRID), and the Economic and Social Policy Division (ESPD). He has been involved in substantive organization of a number of key meetings and conferences at ECA.

He subsequently was appointed Principal Advisor and Head of the ECA Geneva Advisory Services. In this capacity, he supervised and coordinated the activities of the ECA Geneva Liaison Office in Switzerland, which serves as an important link between the ECA Headquarters in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) and the Geneva-based international organizations, such as the World Trade Organizations (WTO) and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). The Activities of the ECA Geneva Advisory Services include providing technical support to the African WTO Geneva Group and African countries in trade negotiations in the WTO as well as support to UNCTAD-related activities.

 

Hansjörg Neun - CTA

Since May 2005, German-born Dr Hansjorg Neun, became Director of CTA. He holds a PhD. in social and economic sciences. He is the author of a thesis on "transfers of technical cooperation development projects to developing countries". With considerable field experience in Africa (especially in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia and Egypt), Dr Neun has managed projects and major programmes for German and European technical development agencies. He is also skilled in negotiating with governments, donors and international institutions. In addition, he has a wide-ranging knowledge of rural development, food security and natural resource management issues.

He also has hands-on experience of agriculture - while still very young he worked on his family's flower and vegetable market garden in Germany.

Before taking the helm at CTA, Dr Neun was employed as Advisor at Germany's Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

 

Sheila Page – Overseas Development Institute (ODI)

Sheila Page is a Senior Research Associate of the Overseas Development Institute, London. From 1982 to 2005 she was a Research Fellow there. Previously she was at Queen Elizabeth House, Oxford, 1972, and the National Institute of Economic and Social Research, 1972-82. Her current research interests include how and why developing countries participate in international negotiations and trade relations between developed and developing countries, including Special and Differential treatment, Aid for Trade, and EU-ACP and EU-MERCOSUR arrangements. She has also advised African and Latin American developing countries in multilateral and regional negotiations. Her publications include The Potential Impact of the Aid for Trade Initiative, prepared for the G-24,April 2007, Trade and Aid: Partners or Rivals in Development Policy (2006), Special and Differential Treatment for Developing Countries in the WTO, with Peter Kleen (2005), Regionalism among Developing Countries (2000), World Commodity Prices: Still a Problem for Developing Countries? (2001), How Developing Countries Trade (1994), World Trade Reform: do Developing Countries Gain or Lose? (1994), Trade, Finance and Developing Countries (1989).

 

Lluis Riera Figueras – European Commission, DG Development

Lluis Riera Figueras is Director of the Development Policy, Thematic issues directorate, at the European Commission DG Development, from January 2007.

He joined the European Commission in 1987, after a ten-years experience as Professor of European Economy and International Trade. He has been Head of Unit for the Relations with the Institutions and Coastal and Western Africa at EC DG Development form 1991 to 1996, then Director for European Social Fund operations at EC DG Employment and Social Affairs from 1996 to 2002 and Director for Instruments for Structural policies for pre-accession at DG Regional Policy from 2002 to 2006.

 

Michael Roberts – World Trade Organization (WTO)

Michael Roberts joined the Agriculture and Commodities Division of the WTO Secretariat in September 2001. Mr Roberts is a Counsellor working on the Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures Agreement.

In 2004, he became Secretary of the Standards and Trade Development Facility. The STDF is a joint initiative of the WTO, FAO, OIE, World Bank and WHO. It aims at assisting developing countries to implement international sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) standards, in order to improve their human, animal and plant health situation, and thus the ability to gain and maintain market access opportunities. The STDF also acts as a vehicle for co-ordination among technical co-operation providers in provision and receipt of SPS-related technical co-operation.

 

Karin Ulmer – APRODEV

Karin Ulmer currently works as Policy Officer at Aprodev - the Association of 17 major development and humanitarian aid organizations in Europe, which work closely together with the World Council of Churches. Her main focus is on EU trade and EU gender policies.

She has been involved in monitoring EPA negotiations since 2002, is co-author of the impact assessment in Zimbabwe on 'EPA's - What's in it for Women?' and has co-designed the North-South advocacy campaign on global chicken and rural development in cooperation with ACDIC, Cameroon. Together with ICTSD, she initiated conceptual work on benchmarking development in EPA negotiations which led to research projects in the Caribbean and SADC region. Earlier, KU worked with WIDE as senior administrator, and with European Federation for Intercultural Learning as programme coordinator on full time voluntary services in third countries.

Up to 1998, she played a part in the EU flagship project on European Voluntary Service on social exclusion in cooperation with the European Youth Forum, and was engaged in the Euro-Arab-Dialogue under the auspice of the Council of Europe and the North-South Centre. KU holds an MA in Comparative European Social Science from the University of North London and Hogeschool Maastricht, and a BA on social sciences and religious education from the EFH, Academy in Freiburg.

 

 

 


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