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ITC: 50 years of Trade Impact for Good

  • The International Trade Centre (ITC) is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. To mark this occasion, ITC hosted an afternoon of discussions on trends in trade development and trade-related technical assistance on 10 June, the eve of the annual meeting of ITC’s Joint Advisory Group (JAG). 

    The discussion round was followed by the launch of ITC's 50th anniversary publication, 50 years of Unlocking SME Competitiveness: Lessons for the future, which is a compilation of contributions from policy makers and the business community. This event was open to Members of the JAG, representatives of international and regional organizations, and private sector partners.

    Venue: Room CRI, World Trade Organization (WTO), Geneva

    Date and time: Tuesday, 10 June 2014, 15:00-20:00


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    15:00 - 17:00

    ITC 50 years of Trade Impact for Good: Where Next? (Panel discussion)

    • Introductory remarks by Michael Møller, Acting Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva
    • Keynote Address: H.E. Hanna Tetteh, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Ghana
    • Panelists include:
      • H.E. Khemmani Pholsena, Minister of Industry and Commerce, Lao PDR
      • Daniel Godinho, Secretary of Foreign Trade, Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade, Brazil
      • Mr Kalilou Traoré, Commissioner in charge of Industry and Private sector promotion, ECOWAS
      • Patricia Francis, former Executive Director, ITC
      • J.-Denis Bélisle, former Executive Director, ITC
    • Moderator: Frédéric Lelièvre, Business and Finance Editor, Le Temps

    17:00 - 18:00

    Book launch: 50 years of unlocking SME competitiveness: lessons for the future

    • Introductory remarks by Yonov Frederick Agah, Deputy Director-General, WTO
    • Keynote Address: Guillermo Fernandez de Soto, Director for Europe, Development Bank of Latin America (CAF)
    • Introduction of the book by lead author Bernard Hoekman, Director, Global Economics, European University Institute
    • Discussants:
      • Mark Gottfredson, Partner, Bain & Co.
      • H.E. Ambassador Minelik Alemu Getahun, Permanent Mission of Ethiopia, Geneva

    18:00 - 20:00

    ITC 50th Anniversary Reception - WTO Atrium