Launch and Roundtable Discussion: Trade on Human Terms: Makatao Pa Ba? (Towards Making Trade Work for the Poor)

The University of the Philippines National College of Public Administration and Governance (UP NCPAG), together with its partners, the UP School of Economics (UPSE), Fair Trade Alliance (FTA), National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), will be having a Launch and Roundtable Discussion on the 2006 Asia- Pacific Regional Human Development Report (HDR) Trade on Human Terms: Makatao Pa Ba? (Making Trade Work for the Poor), on August 17, 2006, 8:30am-5:00p.m., Assembly Hall, UP NCPAG, Diliman, Quezon City.

The Launch and Roundtable Discussion (LRTD) aims to raise awareness on the issues and concerns related to [international] trade, and generate recommendations and support to make trade cover a more, pro-human development thrust. The LRTD is part of the Philippine Governance Forum project of the UPNCPAG and subscribed to the GOP-UNDP Fostering Democratic Governance Programme.

Invited are Dr. Manuel Montes, Regional Programme Coordinator of the Asia Trade and Investment Initiative, UNDP Regional Center Colombo, to present the Human Development Report. Also invited are anumber of experts and advocates on trade and development to serve as discussants. Among the latter are Sec. Peter Favila of the Department of Trade and Industry, Mr. Donald Dee, of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Prof. Leonor Briones of UP NCPAG and Social Watch, Prof. Josefa Francisco, trade and gender advocate, and Dr. Rene Ofreneo of the Fair Trade Alliance. There will be a plenary/ launch from 8- 12 am, and a workshop and in- depth discussion of sectoral concerns (manufacturing, services, and agriculture) from 1:30-5:00 p.m.

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