Global value chains – offers new opportunities for developing countries

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Development talks

Global value chains – offers new opportunities for developing countries

Uppdaterad: 21 november 2014

New production and trading structures offer new opportunities for developing countries. The world’s production structure has become increasingly fragmented. It has progressively been split into different tasks and scattered geographically. The increased importance of these so called global value chains is one of the key features of today’s international trade pattern.

A recent report shows that developing economies with the fastest growing participation in global value chains have GDP per capita growth rates 2 percentage points above the average. Global value chains can also pose challenges to developing countries.

The seminar will provide insights on this crucial topics and an opportunity to reflect further on the implications on development and employment of this new trend. We will discuss issues like: What are the key trade barriers preventing developing country participation in global value chains? How can local firms capture a significant share of the value added? What kind of supporting policies are needed for trade to contribute to employment and poverty reduction?

Date: Monday 25 November
Time: 9.00 - 12.00
Venue: Main auditorium (Hörsalen) Sida, Valhallavägen 199, Stockholm
Free admission

 Please sign up here  by Thursday 21 November.

Preliminary programme

9:00 Welcome by Charlotte Petri Gornitzka, Director-General of Sida followed by opening remarks by Eva Walder, Director General Trade, Ministry for Foreign Affairs
9:20 “About Global Value Chains” Malin Ljungkvist, Trade Policy Adviser at the National Board of Trade
9:30 “GVCs: Investment-trade nexus and development”, by James Zhan, Director, Investment and Enterprises Division, UNCTAD
10:00 “The constraining factors to developing countries’ participation to GVCs”, by Evdokia Moise, Senior trade policy analyst, Trade Directorate, OECD
10:30 Coffee
10:45 Panel discussion (including comments and questions from the audience)
• James Zhan, Director, Investment and Enterprises Division, UNCTAD
• Evdokia Moise, Senior trade policy analyst, OECD Trade Directorate
• Frank Matsaert, Chief Executive Officer, TMEA (TradeMark East Africa)
• Marion Jansen, Counsellor, Economic Research and Statistics Division, WTO (tbc)
• Anna Gedda, Social sustainability manager, H&M
12:00 Closing

Welcome

If you have any questions, please contact karin.hugsen@sida.se 


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