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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.