Investment policy, trade in financial services, Doha events focus on (April 2012)

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Thu, Apr 19, 2012

Center of Concern was involved in two side-events taking place in the occasion of the UNCTAD XIII Conference, held in Doha, Qatar, April 21-26, 2012.

Safeguarding Stability: Ensuring Coherence Between Financial Re-regulation and Global Trade Rules

Organizers: Our World is Not for Sale Network, Public Citizen and International Working Group on Trade-Finance Linkages

Date: April 24, 2012

Time: 12:30 – 2:30 pm

Venue: Auditorium 1 Qatar National Convention Centre

The global financial crisis demonstrated the dangers of extreme financial deregulation and its consequences for human develop-ment. With many economies still reeling from the aftermath of the financial crisis and with trade volumes only recently recover-ing, this session will examine critical global challenges that characterize the post-crisis global economy with respect to the future of financial services liberalization and regulation. Panelists will discuss how current and prospective global trade rules relate to potential opportunities and risks – including the utilization of capital controls and proposed taxes on financial transactions – in light of lessons learned from the financial crisis and countries’ responses to it.


Francisco Racines, Director of Economic and Trade Studies, Foreign Ministry, Republic of Ecuador

Alfredo Calcagno, Division of Globalization and Development Strategies, UNCTAD

María Cristina Pasín, Central Bank of the Republic of Argentina

Jayati Ghosh, Jawaharlal Nehru University; International Development Economics Associates (IDEAS), India

Melinda St. Louis, Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch, USA

Aldo Caliari, International Working Group on Trade and Finance Linkages (moderator)


Searching for the Holy Grail? The quest for identifying a “good investment climate”

Organizers: CAFOD - Center of Concern

Date: April 24, 2012

Time: 2:30 – 4:30 pm

Venue: Auditorium 1  Qatar National Convention Center

While it is hard to deny the importance of an enabling economic environment for investors and entrepreneurs in low-income countries, there is no consensus on how to define what such environment looks like. Concepts like a “good investment climate” or a “business environment” tend to assume that there is a blueprint of the desirable characteristics. However, practitioners from a variety of backgrounds (businesses, non-profits, development) have different assumptions on the features of such blueprint.


James Zhan, UNCTAD

Christina Weller, CAFOD

Martin Khor, South Centre (TBC)

Gyekye Tanoh, TWN Africa

Moderator: Aldo Caliari, Center of Concern