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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.
Every year, more than 5 million women, children and adolescents die from preventable conditions, due to a significant financing gap for healthcare for women, children and adolescents, and inadequate incentives for provision and use of quality health services, among other factors. The Global Financing Facility (GFF) in support of Every Woman Every Child is a new approach to sustainable global health financing that is supporting countries’ approaches to financing and investing in the health of their people.
Five members of the Zimbabwe Working Group traveled to Harare May 20-25 to meet with the government, opposition leaders, and a wide range of business, religious, and civil society organizations to assess prospects for free and fair elections and for meaningful political and economic reform. Please join us to hear from the delegation as they share their findings and recommendations for US policy.