Regional Consultation Seminar on South Asian Positions in the WTO Doha Round, Earl’s Court

Regional Consultation Seminar on South Asian Positions in the WTO Doha Round was Jointly organized by the Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka and Consumer Unity & Trust Society [CUTS International], India, at Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo, 18 June, 2010. Anwarul Hoda, Chair Professor, Trade Policy & WTO Research Programme, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER) was the Chief Guest. Executive Director of the IPS made the inaugural address and Archana Jatkar, Assistant Policy Analyst, CUTS Centre for International Trade, Environment & Economics (CUTS—CITEE) made the Introduction to the Seminar.

Key presenters at the seminar were, Fredrick Abeyratne, Senior Programme Analyst, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP); Anura Herath, Sri Lanka Country Programme Management Facilitator, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD); Anwarul Hoda, Chair Professor,Trade Policy & WTO Research Programme, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER); Zafar Mahmood, HEC Foreign Professor of Economics, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE); Agneshwar Sen, Joint Director General, Office of the Zonal Joint Director General of Foreign Trade, Kolkata; Amiti Sen, Senior Assistant Trade Editor,The Economic Times, India; Arpita Mukherjee, Professor, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER); and Pushpa Sharma, Programme Coordinator, South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics & Environment (SAWTEE).

A brief summary and Vote of Thanks, was delivered by Joseph George, Research Associate, CUTS Centre for International Trade, Environment & Economics (CUTS—CITEE).

Deshal De Mel, Research Economist, IPS, made a presentation on ‘South Asia and GATS’.

Presentations:

 NAMA and iits Implications for South Asian Countries
Dr. Zafar Mahood, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics

    South Asia and GATS
Deshal de Mel, Research Economist, IPS

 Agriculture in the DDR & South Asian Positions
Anura Herath, Country Programme Officer, Sri Lanka, International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD)