[Blueboard] Invitation to ACERD-Dept of Economics Lecture on Sept 30, 2015

Department of Economics [LS] economics.soss at ateneo.edu
Tue Aug 25 15:12:52 PHT 2015


Since 2002, the month of September has been designated by the
government as *Development
Policy Research Month *(DPRM). The theme for this 13th DPRM is "Effective
Regulations for Sustainable Growth".



The Ateneo Center for Economic Research and Development (ACERD) of the
Department of Economics joins the nation in promoting awareness on the
importance of development policy research.



In line with this, ACERD is pleased to invite you to the lecture of



*Dr. Ganeshan Wignaraja*



on September 30,2015, Wed. at 4:30 - 6:00 pm, Dean's Conference Room,
School of Social Sciences, Leong Hall, Ateneo de Manila University, Loyola
Heights, QC.



​*A World Trade Organization for the 21st Century: *

*The Asian Perspective *



2015 is an important year for Asia's trade. The Philippines is host to the
APEC 2015 Leaders Summit in November 2015 where important discussions about
concluding the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will occur. The WTO
Ministerial Conference in Nairobi in December 2015 offers an opportunity to
finish the long running WTO Doha Round by building on The "Bali Package" of
trade facilitation and other measures. Nonetheless, the world trading
system, led by the 20 year old World Trade Organization (WTO), is under
pressure to evolve and address 21st century trade issues. Meanwhile,
economically important Asia has built deep supply chains, whilst
experimenting with mega-regional trade agreements and economic policies to
sustain growth amid new "normal" world growth beset by risks. The US-led
Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Asian-led Regional Comprehensive
Economic Partnership (RCEP) are competing to set standards for Asia's trade
and supply chains. Lessons from the Asian experience offer new approaches
and economic policies to sustain growth, with the possibility that the WTO
could emerge as a forum for action to improve global and regional trade
governance in the 21st century.



This seminar presents the findings of a book edited by Richard Baldwin,
Masahiro Kawai and Ganeshan Wignaraja entitled A World Trade Organization
for the 21st Century: The Asian Perspective. The seminar also provides an
opportunity to discuss the current situation of the world trading system
more broadly and assess the lessons from the experiences of Asia and other
regions.

*Ganeshan WIGNARAJA* is Advisor in the Economic Research and Regional
Cooperation Department of the Asian Development Bank. He served as Director
of Research of the Asian Development Bank Institute in Tokyo from 2012 to
April 2015.
Previously, he was a principal economist at the Asian Development Bank, a
manager in a UK economics consulting firm, and a chief programme officer at
the Commonwealth Secretariat. He has represented the Asian Development Bank
on the WTO Director-General's Advisory Group on Aid for Trade, at APEC and
ASEAN senior officials meetings, and on the Advisory Group for setting up
the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA). He has also
held research positions at Oxford University, the OECD and the United
Nations Institute for New Technologies. Dr Wignarja holds a doctorate in
economics from Oxford University and a BSc. in economics from the London
School of Economics. He has published 15 books on trade, competitiveness,
regional integration, development finance and economic development
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