Panels on Financial Services
- UNCTAD Trade and Development 2011 Report on Capital Controls (see pg. 100)
- (04/29/2012) Huffington Post: Victory at UNCTAD XIII
Safeguarding Stability: Ensuring Coherence Between Financial Re-regulation and Global Trade Rules (UNCTAD XIII)
- April 24, 2012
The global financial crisis demonstrated the dangers of extreme financial deregulation and its consequences for human development. With many economies still reeling from the aftermath of the financial crisis and with trade volumes only recently recovering, this session will examine critical global challenges that characterize the post-crisis global economy with respect to the future of financial services liberalization and regulation. Panelists discussed how current and prospective global trade rules relate to potential opportunities and risks – including the utilization of capital controls and proposed taxes on financial transactions – in light of lessons learned from the financial crisis and countries’ responses to it.
- Maria Cristina Pasin, Central Bank of Argentina
- Melinda St. Louis, Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch
- Juan Manuel Escalante, Ecuador Mission to the WTO
- Jayati Ghosh, International Development Economics Associates (IDEAS)
- Alfredo Calcagno, Division of Globalization and Development Strategies, UNCTAD
Rights in Trade. Rights for Trade. Securing States' Policy Space for Development (UNCTAD XIII)
April 22, 2012
The world faces multiple crises that put the current model of development into test and pose challenges for the world of work. At the same time, restrictions and rules harmonization on TRIPs, investment policy, financial regulation and trade policy raise questions on the state’s role in development. In light of multiple crises, what role should the state play in spurring social and economic development? What are the lessons to be learnt from the experience of various countries with the crisis? What are the areas of international agreements where restricting policy space is particularly risky for social and economic development? What is the role of the international trade institutions (WTO and UNCTAD) in providing and assisting national development policies, including the implementation of decent work programs?