Development Seminar| World Development Report 2020:
Wednesday, January 8th, 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Brookings India, No. 6, Second Floor, Dr. Jose P. Rizal Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi.
Dear Mr. Singh,
I am delighted to invite you to attend a discussion on the World Development Report 2020 on “Trading for Development in the Age of Global Value Chains”. The report examines whether there is still a path to development through global value chains and trade.
Global value chains (GVCs) powered the surge of international trade after 1990 and now account for almost half of all trade. This shift enabled an unprecedented economic convergence: poor countries grew of trade-led growth. New technologies could draw production closer to the consumer and reduce the demand for labour. Further, conflicts among large countries could lead to a retrenchment or a segmentation of GVCs. The World Development Report concludes that GVCs can continue to boost growth, create better jobs, and reduce poverty provided that developing countries implement deeper reforms to promote GVC participation, industrial countries pursue open, predictable policies, and all countries revive multilateral cooperation.
Dr. Aaditya Mattoo is Chief Economist of the East Asia and Pacific Region of the World Bank. He specializes in development, trade and international cooperation, and provides policy advice to governments. Previously, Mr. Mattoo was an Economic Counsellor at the World Trade Organization.
Dr. Harsha Vardhana Singh, a Senior Fellow, Council on Emerging Market Enterprises at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, is an expert on international trade policy, development, infrastructure regulation and global governance. He has also served as the Deputy Director-General at World Trade Organization.
Dr. Amita Batra is a Professor of Economics at the Jawaharlal Nehru University. Previously, she worked as a Senior Fellow at ICRIER as well as with the Hindu College, World Bank and IIM-A. Her areas of interest are International Trade and Finance and Regional Economic Integration with a special focus on South Asia.