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VC with CSOs Ahead of 2005 WTO Hong Kong Ministerial Meeting

Videoconference with Civil Society Organizations from Belgium, India, Moldova, Nigeria, Uganda, Zambia and the United States, November 30, 2005

In advance of the WTO Ministerial Conference in Hong Kong the World Bank organized a Video Conference with key civil society actors from the North and South on advancing poverty reduction through the Doha Development Agenda. The meeting involved over 50 civil society actors from Belgium, India, Moldova, Nigeria, Uganda, Zambia and the United States, drawn from a wide range of sectors including NGOs, trade unions, academia think tanks and youth groups.  The World Bank was represented by its trade team led by Director, Mr. Uri Dadush, and its country office teams from the above mentioned countries.

The aims of the video-conference were two fold: (a) to exchange views on the Bank’s updated approach to the Doha Development Agenda and the Hong Kong Ministerial (see presentation below); and (b) to discuss civil society concerns and suggestions on the advancement of poverty reduction through the Doha Agenda.  An issue of concern common to the Bank and many of the civil society organizations was on the damaging impact of subsidies from the developed countries on the economies of developing countries.

Participants in the discussion
Summary of the discussion
Presentation by Uri Dadush
Audio file (coming soon)

More Information
Hong Kong Ministerial Meeting - World Bank website
Interviews with World Bank President and head of World Bank Delegation to Hong Kong
Key events in Hong Kong
Trade publications




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