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Preferential Trade Agreement Policies for Development

Thursday, July 28 at 3pm in Auditorium J1-050

 

This handbook on Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) policies for development offers an introduction into the world of modern preferential trade agreements. It goes beyond the traditional paradigm of trade creation versus trade diversion to address the economic and legal aspects of the regulatory policies that are contained in today‘s PTAs. The book maps the landscape of PTAs, summarizes the theoretical arguments, political economy, and development dimensions of PTAs, and presents the current practice in the main policy areas typically covered in PTAs (from agriculture policy, rules of origin, customs unions, trade remedies, product standards, technical barriers, to behind the border issues related to investment, trade facilitation, competition, government procurement, intellectual property, labor rights, human rights, environment, migration, and dispute resolution). These are also usually the policies driven by powerful trading blocs as they strive to influence the evolution of the global trading system.

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CHAIR
Mahmoud Mohieldin
Managing Director, World Bank

EDITORS
Jean-Pierre Chauffour
Lead Economist & Regional Trade Coordinator, Middle East & North Africa Region, World Bank

Jean-Christophe Maur
Senior Economist, Growth & Competitiveness, World Bank Institute, World Bank

DISCUSSANTS
Uri Dadush
Senior Associate and Director, International Economics Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Muni Figueres
Ambassador of Costa Rica to the United States, Former Minister of Trade

Pravin Krishna
Professor, Economics Department, Johns Hopkins University

Susan C. Schwab
Professor, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland
Ambassador and Former US Trade Representative

For panelist biographies, please see below.

 

CHAIR
Mahmoud Mohieldin
Managing Director, World Bank
Mr. Mohieldin is one of the three World Bank Managing Directors. Appointed in October 2010, Mr. Mohieldin is leading the World Bank’s Knowledge development as represented though the Networks: Finance and Private Sector Development, Sustainable Development, Poverty Reduction and Economic Management, and Human Development; and the World Bank Institute. He also has a key leadership role in the Arab World Initiative. Prior to joining the World Bank, he held numerous positions in government and academia and served on several Board of Directors in the private and public sector arena, including the Central Bank of Egypt. His most recent position before joining the World Bank was Minister of Investment of the Arab Republic of Egypt. In this capacity, he was responsible for investment policy; the asset management program of state owned enterprises, and joint ventures; and the non-banking financial services including capital market, insurance, and mortgage finance. His work in government also included serving as Governor or Alternate Governor to the World Bank, African Development Bank, and the Islamic Development Bank. From 2005-2010, he was a member of the Commission on Growth and Development. His professional reach extends into the academic arena, serving as Member of the Board of Trustees of the British University in Cairo, and Professor in Financial Economics in Cairo University, and holding leading positions in numerous think tanks, research centers, and academic institutions.

EDITORS
Jean-Pierre Chauffour
Lead Economist & Regional Trade Coordinator, Middle East & North Africa Region, World Bank
Mr. Chauffour is lead economist in the World Bank’s Middle East and North Africa Region, where he works on regionalism, competitiveness, and economic integration issues. Prior to joining the World Bank in 2007, he spent 15 years at the IMF, where he held various positions, including mission chief in the African Department and representative to the WTO and United Nations in Geneva. Mr. Chauffour has extensive economic policy experience and has worked in many areas of the developing world, most extensively in the Middle East, Africa, and Eastern Europe. He is the author of The Power of Freedom: Uniting Human Rights and Development (Cato Institute 2009) and the recent co-editor of Trade Finance during the Great Trade Collapse (World Bank 2011).

Jean-Christophe Maur
Senior Economist, Growth & Competitiveness, World Bank Institute, World Bank
Mr. Maur is a senior economist in the growth and competitiveness practice of the World Bank Institute. His current areas of work cover regional integration issues, services liberalization, and contributing to the World Bank’s Development Debates platform. Mr. Maur joined the World Bank in 2008 from the U.K. Department of International Development, where he participated in U.K. trade negotiations in trade facilitation and goods market access. He was also tasked to manage the multilateral trade assistance cooperation with the World Bank and contributed to create the multi-donor trust fund for trade and development. His research interests cover regional trade integration and public goods, trade facilitation, standards, and intellectual property rights.

DISCUSSANTS
Uri Dadush
Senior Associate and Director, International Economics Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Mr. Dadush is senior associate and director in Carnegie’s International Economics Program. His work particularly focuses on trends in the global economy, and he is interested in the implications of the increased weight of developing countries for the pattern of financial flows, trade and migration, and the associated economic policy and governance questions. He is the editor of the Carnegie International Economic Bulletin, and the co-author of Paradigm Lost: The Euro Crisis (Carnegie report, June 2010) and of  Juggernaut: How Emerging Markets Are Reshaping Globalization (Carnegie book, 2011). Mr. Dadush previously served as the World Bank’s director of international trade and before that as director of economic policy. He has also served concurrently as the director of the World Bank’s world economy group, leading the preparation of the World Bank’s flagship reports on the international economy over eleven years. Prior to joining the World Bank, he was president and CEO of the Economist Intelligence Unit and Business International, part of the Economist Group (1986–1992); group vice president, international, for Data Resources, Inc. (1982–1986), now Global Insight; and a consultant with McKinsey and Co. in Europe.

Muni Figueres
Ambassador of Costa Rica to the United States, Former Minister of Trade
Ms. Figueres was appointed Ambassador of Costa Rica in Washington, DC on September 1, 2010. Ms. Figueres has extensive experience in the politics of trade policy and trade negotiations as instruments of development.  She served the Costa Rican government’s trade diversification strategy at the Investment and Trade Promotion Agency, as Director General (1982-86), and then as Minister of Foreign Trade (1986-88).  She then was appointed Special Presidential Trade Representative in Washington, DC (1988-90) for Costa Rica’s support towards U.S. congressional approval of the Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBI).  Ms. Figueres headed the Trade and Integration Division at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) (1990-92), and was subsequently External Relations Advisor at the IDB (1992-2001), in Washington, DC. Between 2001 and 2010, she served on a number of boards, among which IDT Telecom, Inc.; LASPAU (academic exchange programs, at a graduate level, affiliated with Harvard University); International Executive Service Corps (support to SME’s on a global scale); International Social Services, and the Chairman’s International Advisory Board of the Council of the Americas.

Pravin Krishna
Professor, Economics Department, Johns Hopkins University
Mr. Krishna is Chung Ju Yung Distinguished Professor of International Economics and Business at Johns Hopkins University and Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). Mr. Krishna’s fields of research interest are international economics, political economy and development. He has published articles in a number of scholarly journals including the Journal of Political Economy, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Journal of International Economics and the Journal of Development Economics. He is the author of Trade Blocs: Economics and Politics (Cambridge University Press, 2005). Mr. Krishna has previously held appointments at Brown University, the University of Chicago, Princeton University and Stanford University.

Susan C. Schwab
Professor, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland
Ambassador and Former US Trade Representative
Ms. Schwab became the United States Trade Representative on June 8, 2006.  As USTR, she was a member of the President's Cabinet and served as the President's principal trade advisor, negotiator, and spokesperson on trade issues.  During her tenure, Ms. Schwab successfully concluded bilateral FTAs with Peru , Colombia , Panama and South Korea ; several agreements were ratified by the U.S. Congress (Bahrain, Oman, Peru) or entered into force (CAFTA). In her trade enforcement role, Ms. Schwab was able to settle a two-decade long dispute with Canada over soft-wood lumber, and has launched and/or worked to resolve trade disputes with China, the European Union and others, primarily related to market access, intellectual property and illegal subsidies. Ms. Schwab served as Dean of the University of Maryland School of Public Policy from 1995 through 2003. Before joining the Administration, she held the position of President and CEO of the University System of Maryland (USM) Foundation and USM Vice Chancellor for Advancement. Ms. Schwab formerly served as Director of Corporate Business Development at Motorola, Inc., where she handled strategic planning and negotiation in China and elsewhere in Asia.  Ms. Scwhab also served as Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Director General of the US & Foreign Commercial Service during the Administration of George H.W. Bush. Ms. Schwab is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA).




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