“WOMEN AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT GLOBAL POVERTY ROUNDTABLE”
The session brought together thought leaders from NGOs, Think Tanks, business, and government to discuss the important role of women in achieving sustainable economic growth and prosperity in the developing world. The roundtable featured both the challenges and opportunities of elevating the role of women as a driver of economic, social, and political change.
“STAKEHOLDER MAPPING IN HAITI GLOBAL POVERTY ROUNDTABLE”
The session featured senior leadership from Interaction- the largest coalition of US-based NGOs focused on the world’s poor and most vulnerable people. Interaction is playing a key role in the recovery and relief efforts in Haiti. Senior leadership discussed their innovative mapping project. Interaction has created a website which aims to increase the efficacy and visibility of U.S. non-government organizations’ relief efforts on the ground in Haiti.
“POLICY FORUM ON FOOD SECURITY, HUNGER AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT”
In partnership with the BCGD and the German Marshall Fund, the program highlighted public-private sector partnerships in addressing global food security and hunger challenges. The session brought together industry leaders, policymakers, NGOs and other Influentials to discuss best practices and lessons learned in creating a sustainable global supply chain that generates economic development opportunities for local farmers and improves the efficiency and safety of the global food supply.
“DEVELOPMENT FORUM FOR HAITI”
The Trade, Aid, and Security Coalition, in partnership with the Business Council for Development; Oxfam America; Bread for the World; German Marshall Fund; ONE; Vital Voices; Care; and Interaction convened a Development Forum for public and private sector decision makers interested in brining sustainable investments and jobs to Haiti. Participating companies included Gap Inc., Fruit of the Loom, Limited, Timberland, and Wal-Mart. The program provided a unique opportunity to bridge the investment and aid gaps that stand in the way of economic development success for Haiti.
“REINVENTING TRADE POLICY”
The Trade, Aid, and Security Coalition, in partnership with the Business Council for Development; Center for American Progress; and the American Action Forum convened a policy forum on reinventing trade policy. Senior discussants gathered to discuss policies and programs that will expand global trade and investment and thereby achieve the following goals (in reality and in the eyes of American people): economic growth, opportunity and job creating in America; economic growth, opportunity and job creation in developing countries; and global security.
“GLOBAL POVERTY ROUNDTABLE ON TRADE PREFERENCES AND THE POOR”
The Trade, Aid and Security Coalition, in partnership with the U.S. Bangladesh Advisory Council, convened a roundtable discussion with influential stakeholders to explore how changes in trade policy can promote growth in the world’s poorest countries. The roundtable featured representatives from US Department of Agriculture, Centre for Policy Dialogue (Bangladesh), and Center for Global Development.
“BUILDING INSTITUTIONS FOR DEVELOPMENT: COHERENCE & ACCOUNTABILITY”
A policy conference on the ILO Better Work program, co-sponsored with BCGD, the Center for American Progress and the Government of Norway. In conjunction with the annual World Bank meeting, the conference brought together influential stakeholders from around the world to discuss the role of capacity building programs in creating jobs and economic growth in the developing world.
“AMERICAN LEADERSHIP FOR GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT”
This forum featured Reps Charlie Rangel, Joe Crowley, Adam Smith, Jim McDermott, Debbie Halverson, Greg Meeks, Earl Blumenauer, Brian Baird, Dennis Moore, Rudy deLeon (Center for American Progress), Tim Reif (USTR), Ritu Sharma (Women Thrive Worldwide), Frank Loy (Former Undersecretary of State for Global Affairs), Doug Wilson (Former Principal Assistant Deputy Secretary of Defense) and Manish Bapna (World Resources Institute), among others. Participants also included numerous US government officials, NGO leaders and staff, scholars, members of the diplomatic community, officials of international financial institutions and business executives. Participants explored policies that foster prosperous societies and common security with developing countries; trade and investment policies that drive development; new climate protection and adaptation rules that boost economic growth in the least developed countries; and policies that enhance the role of women in economic development and in transforming their societies.
“NEXT STEPS IN MODERNIZING U.S. FOREIGN ASSISTANCE”
Steve Radelet, Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development, co-chair of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN). Mr. Radelet discussed the current landscape of U.S. foreign assistance and next steps towards modernizing U.S. Foreign Assistance to support economic growth, development, and poverty reduction around the world.
“TRADE AND LABOR: PROPOSALS FOR A NEW ENFORCEMENT REGIME”
Dr. Richard Feinberg, University of California, San-Diego, former Special Assistant to President Clinton. Dr. Feinberg discussed how national ministries of labor and global brands can engage in effective multi-stakeholder dialogues to avoid duplication of efforts, increase efficiencies, reduce costs and advance workers’ rights.
“MULTILATERAL DEVELOPMENT: WHAT, HOW, WHY?”
Frederick Tipson, Director, Washington Liaison Office, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Mr. Tipson discussed ways in which Congress and the new administration can promote multilateral collaboration on economic, political and social development in the poorest countries in the wake of the national and global financial crisis.
“AFRICAN GROWTH AND OPPORTUNITY ACT ASSESSMENT AND STRATEGY ROUNDTABLE: STRATEGIES FOR THE NEXT ADMINISTRATION TO ENCOURAGE TRADE AND INVESTMENTS IN AFRICA”
in partnership with Constituency for Africa. Panel one offered a U.S. government perspective on AGOA and on enhancing trade with Africa:
Discussants featured Hon. Florizelle Liser, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Africa; Jayme White, Office of Representative Jim McDermott; Angela Ellard, House Ways and Means Committee; and Viji Rangaswami, House Ways and Means Committee. Panel two focused on the current investment environment in Africa and featured prominent representatives from the media, NGOs and businesses.
“GLOBAL TRADE AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: THE CASE OF THE SHRIMP INDUSTRY IN BANGLADESH”
Mr. Syed Ataur Rahman, Government of Bangladesh; Mr. Syed Mahmudul Huq, Bangladesh Shrimp and Fish Foundation; Mr. Md. Ghulam Hossain, Business Promotion Council; and H.E. Ambassador Humayun Kabir, Ambassador of Bangladesh to the United States. Featured speakers discussed the importance of the shrimp industry for the Bangladesh economy as well as the opportunities and challenges associated with recent compliance initiatives undertaken by the industry.
“A GLOBAL FOOD CRISIS IN THE 21ST CENTURY?”
Dr. Homi Kharas, Senior Fellow, Global Economy and Development, Brookings Institution. Dr. Kharas discussed the events that led to the current food crisis, the challenges posed by the link between food markets and renewable energy markets and the economic and energy policy implications for the United States and the world.
“VIRTUOUS CIRCLE: A NEW U.S. APPROACH TO TRADE, DEVELOPMENT, AND LABOR RIGHTS”
Jonathan Jacoby, Associate Director, International Economic Policy, Center for American Progress, Co-author of “Virtuous Circle: Strengthening Broad-based Global Progress in Living Standards.” Jacoby discussed a recent report by CAP which offers a fresh framework that integrates the all-too-often fragmented fields of international economic policy – trade, development, and monetary policy.
“AMERICAN LIBERALISM AND THE GLOBAL ECONOMY”
Edward Gresser, Director, Trade and Global Markets Project, Progressive Policy Institute and Author of Freedom From Want: American Liberalism and the Global Economy”. Gresser discussed how today’s liberals have broken from the liberal internationalist tradition, how trade can alleviate poverty at home and abroad, and how reform of the U.S. tariff system can promotes stability around the world.
“AID EFFECTIVENESS: THE NEW NATIONAL SECURITY PRIORITY?”
Jim Kolbe, Senior Transatlantic Fellow, German Marshall Fund of the United States and Former Member of Congress and Chair of Foreign Operations and Export Financing Subcommittee. Mr. Kolbe discussed what needs to be done to make foreign aid more targeted and effective and how aid is a vital tool in order to protect U.S. national security.
“POWER AND ROADS FOR AFRICA”
Vijaya Ramachandran, Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development. Ramachandran discussed the importance of transportation infrastructure and affordable energy to the development of the private sector in Africa. She urges the United States to back a “Clean Infrastructure Initiative for Africa” which emphasizes the value of renewable energy and regional integration.
“TODAY’S DYNAMIC MARKET ENVIRONMENT: AGRICULTURE, TRADE, ENERGY AND FOOD SECURITY”
J.B. Penn, former Undersecretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services, USDA and Chief Economist of Deere & Company. Mr. Penn presented views of the implications for U.S. policymakers and poor countries given todays’ agricultural supply and demand, food and farm policies, energy security concerns and global trade and climate change policies.
“BUILDING TRADE CAPACITY IN AFRICA: ROLE OF THE UNITED NATIONS”
David Tommy, Representative of UNIDO to the United Nations and Director of UNIDO, New York. Mr. Tommy discussed UNIDO’s role as the largest provider of trade capacity building funding among UN agencies and UNIDO’s activities in helping Sub-Saharan African countries address constraints to trade promotion, by helping them meet international standards.
“INVESTING IN GREEN PROJECTS IN THE DEVELOPING WORLD: AN EARLY LOOK AT OPPORTUNITIES”
David Hayes, former Deputy Secretary of the Interior and Partner, Latham and Watkins, LLP. Mr. Hayes discussed international clean development projects which are underway under Kyoto and the possible expansion of these projects in the forestry and agricultural sectors.
“BUSINESS AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY: SOLUTIONS FOR THE WORLD’S POOREST EXPORTERS”
Ron Layton, CEO of Lightyears IP. Mr. Layton discussed how innovative producers in poor countries can use IP business tools to capture the intangible value of their products and achieve more sustained export income.
“RIGHTING TRADE: HOW POLICYMAKERS CAN EXPAND TRADE AND PROMOTE HUMAN RIGHTS”
Susan Aaronson, Professor, George Washington University School of Business. Dr. Aaronson discussed what governments can do differently as they seek to protect human rights at home and abroad even as they expand trade.
“BUSINESS AS A PARTNER IN DEVELOPMENT: NEW MODELS FOR ACHIEVING SCALE AND IMPACT”
Jane Nelson, Senior Fellow and Director of the Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; Director, Business Leadership and Strategy, Prince of Wales International Business Leaders Forum; Non-resident Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution.
“WHAT WOULD WE BARGAIN FOR IF DEVELOPMENT MATTERED?”
Grant Aldonas, Former Undersecretary for International Trade at the U.S. Department of Commerce; William M. Scholl Chair in International Business at the Center for Strategic and International Studies; Founder and Managing Director of Split Rock International.
“AFRICA’S SILK ROAD: CHINA AND INDIA’S NEW ECONOMIC FRONTIER”
Harry Broadman, Economic Advisor, World Bank-Africa Region and former Assistant USTR. Mr. Broadman discussed the opportunities for Africa that can be had if certain policy reforms are made in the two emerging countries in Asia, as well as the need for reforms in Africa itself.
“CAN THERE BE A PROGRESSIVE CONSENSUS ON GLOBALIZATION?”
Gene Sperling, Former White House National Economic Advisor; Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and Council on Foreign Relations. Sperling discussed how today’s liberals should approach the topic of globalization and how to arrive at a consensus on trade that can lift boats both in the U.S. and abroad.
“PRIVATE SECTOR DEVELOPMENT = TRADE AND GROWTH”
Simeon Djankov, Chief Economist, World Bank and lead author of the “Doing Business” reports. Djankov discussed the real reason why some economies succeed and some fall behind and how the Doing Business Reports are helping countries identify road blocks to development.
“IMPACT OF CLIMATE CHANGE ON AFRICAN AGRICULTURE”
Robert Mendelsohn, Professor, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Sciences and Manuel Lantin, Science Advisor, Consultative Group on Intern ational Agricultural Research (CGIAR), World Bank. Mendelsohn discussed the disproportionate impact that the poorest African countries will face due to climate change and what must be done to help countries adapt.
“EMPOWERING THE GLOBAL POOR THROUGH MICROFINANCE”
Alex Counts, President of Grameen Foundation. Counts discussed Grameen Foundation’s model of helping poor communities develop economically through small loans.
“INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES: A TOOL AGAINST POVERTY”
Danilo Piagessi, Chief of ICT, Inter-American Development Bank and Fred Tipson, Senior Counsel, Microsoft Corporation. Tipson and Piagessi discussed how information and communication technologies spur economic development by making producers in developing countries more efficient and what must be done to expand access to ICT products and services.
“THE BUSINESS CASE TO HELP THE POOR”
Allen Hammond, Vice President, World Resources Institute. Hammond discussed the “markets of the poor” at the Bottom of the Pyramid and how poor consumers not only represent a new market but also how the provision of products services for the poor can expand their choices and reduce their costs.
“THE WTO MINISTERIAL: IMPACT ON THE GLOBAL POOR AND MOVING TOWARDS A SUCCESSFUL DOHA ROUND”
Kimberly Ann Elliot, Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development. Elliott discussed what is needed in order to achieve true development results in the Doha Round, which includes meaningful reform of trade distorting subsidies.
Special Events Hosted by the Trade, Aid and Security Coalition (TASC):
“SOCIAL COMPLIANCE IN BANGLADESH’S GARMENT SECTOR”
Anwarul Alam Chowdury, President of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association, Shirin Akhter of Karmo Jibi Nari (Bangladeshi NGO) and Ambassador Humayun Kabir, Ambassador of Bangladesh to the United States. The visiting Bangladesh delegation discussed the challenges for the industry in the post-quota world and the steps that the government, industry and civil society are taking to improve social compliance in the sector.
“TRADE AND POVERTY” WITH DR. MUHAMMAD YUNUS
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Managing Director, Grameen Bank.
Dr. Yunus discussed the critical need for better trade opportunities for the poorest countries in the fight against poverty and how trade can help these countries reach the Millennium Development Goals. Representatives Crowley and McDermott also made remarks at the event and our co-hosts included The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Grameen Foundation, Grameen America, German Marshall Fund, Oxfam America and the Women’s Edge Coalition.
“CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY IN THE DEVELOPING WORLD: OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES: PERSPECTIVES FROM A LEADING BUSINESS IN SRI LANKA”
Ravi Fernando, Director, Corporate Branding & Strategic CSR, MAS Holdings, Sri Lanka. Mr. Ravi Fernando discussed how good labor practices can improve the productivity of workers and competitiveness of apparel suppliers in the developing world.
AGOA CIVIL SOCIETY FORUM
TASC co-sponsored and participated in the AGOA Civil Society Forum which provided an important opportunity to focus the attention of U.S. and African political leaders and other stakeholders on the accomplishments of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) and the ways in which its performance could be improved.
AFRICA CAPITOL HILL BRIEFING
Hosted by Rep. Donald Payne, Chair of the House Subcommittee on Africa.
The event organized by TASC addressed trade policy towards Africa and included panelists from DATA, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Oxfam America, the Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa, Citigroup and Mars, Inc. They discussed how the U.S. can build on AGOA’s success, build capacity for trade in Africa, improve access for African agriculture and help the apparel industry in Africa stay competitive.
INTERFAITH SUMMIT ON AFRICA
The Interfaith Summit on Africa was organized by Church World Service and brought together religious leaders from the U.S. and Africa together to exchange ideas on trade and global poverty. TASC sponsored a Congressional reception with prominent leaders of the U.S. and African religious community, bringing together faith-based groups with NGOs working on trade and aid policies to reduce poverty in Africa. Click here to learn more.
CAPITOL HILL EVENT WITH NOBEL LAUREATE AMARTYA SEN
TASC joined the Women’s Edge Coalition to co-sponsor a luncheon featuring Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen. Dr. Sen was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1998 for his work on famine, human development theory, welfare economics, and the underlying reasons for poverty.
RETREAT ON ECONOMIC AND SECURITY ISSUES IN AFRICA
TASC (and GlobalWorks Foundation) joined the Earth Institute at Columbia University and the Humpty Dumpty Institute to host a robust dialogue between members of the Congressional Black Caucus, African and Caribbean Ambassadors to the United Nations, and various experts from academia and the private sector on security and development issues in Africa.
Participants included: Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute, Special Advisor to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, and a leading development economist; Ibrahim Gambari, U.N. Under-Secretary-General and Senior Advisor on Africa to Secretary-General Kofi Annan; Elijah Cummings, Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus; and Eva Clayton, former US Congresswoman (D-NC) and current Assistant Director General of the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization. More than 35 African Ambassadors to the United Nations and members of Congress also participated.
Remarks by Ambassador John Negroponte, U.S. Representative to the United Nations