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Open Markets for the Poorest Countries: Trade Preferences That Work

Tuesday, April 6, 2010 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
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Center for Global Development presents
Open Markets for the Poorest Countries: Trade Preferences That Work 

Featuring 
Kimberly Elliott 
Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development 

With discussants
Gawain Kripke 
Director of Policy and Research, Oxfam America 

and 
William Lane 
Director of Government Affairs, Caterpillar 

Moderated by
Nancy Birdsall 
President, Center for Global Development 

Tuesday, April 6, 2010 
2:00pm--3:30pm 

at 
Center for Global Development 
1800 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Third Floor, Washington, DC 
*Please bring photo identification* 

Please join us for the launch event of the CGD working group report on global trade preference reform, Open Markets for the Poorest Countries: Trade Preferences That Work. Working group chair and CGD senior fellow Kimberly Elliott will present the report’s recommendations, and CGD president Nancy Birdsall will moderate a panel discussion with working group members William Lane and Gawain Kripke on how trade policies can better support development objectives. 

About the report: Trade preference programs are powerful tools for stimulating exports, reducing poverty, and promoting stability in the world's poorest countries. Providing duty-free, quota-free market access for the least-developed countries is a key component of the Millennium Development Goals, a commitment that was reaffirmed at the World Trade Organization ministerial meeting in Hong Kong 2005. Open Markets for the Poorest Countries: Trade Preferences That Work calls on developed countries to improve their programs to support development objectives at the G-20 summit in Toronto in June. The report also calls on advanced developing countries, and other developing countries that are able to do so, to adopt similar principles by the 2015 target for achieving the Millennium Development Goals.