Press Notice 9, Session 2005-06

MAKING TRADE WORK FOR DEVELOPMENT: THE WTO HONG KONG MINISTERIAL

First evidence sessions arranged

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Tuesday 29 November 2005, Location to be confirmed (Palace of Westminster or Portcullis House)

At 10.30amJohn Hilary, Director of Campaigns and Policy, War on Want, Claire Melamed, Trade Policy Manager, Christian Aid; and Peter Hardstaff, Head of Policy, World Development Movement

At 11.15am: Sheila Page, Senior Research Associate Overseas Development Institute and Professor Robert Wade, Professor of Political Economy, London School of Economics

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Thursday 1 December 2005, Location to be confirmed (Palace of Westminster or Portcullis House)

At 2.00pmRt Hon Hilary Benn MP, Secretary of State for International Development, Ian Pearson MP, Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Department of Trade and Industry

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In October the International Development Committee agreed to undertake an inquiry on Making Trade Work for Development: the WTO Hong Kong Ministerial.  These are the first evidence sessions in this inquiry which will address the following areas of the negotiations:

• The implications of differentiation between developing countries for the outcomes of the Ministerial. To whom should Special and Differential Treatment be applied?

• The extent to which tariff escalation and outdated rules of origin harm prospects for industrial development.

• The degree to which liberalisation of industrial and manufacturing sectors threatens to undermine development. What aspects of the Non-Agricultural Market Access negotiations would benefit developing countries?

• The benefit of including GATS Mode IV, the temporary movement of labour, in the services negotiations for developing countries. Whether or not developing countries should be making more ‘ambitious’ offers in the services sector.

• The extent to which developing countries will gain from agricultural trade liberalisation.

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Detailed enquiries to Dr. Anna Dickson, Committee Specialist on 020 7219 2738 or [email protected]

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Further Information:

The membership of the Committee is as follows: Malcolm Bruce MP (Chairman, Lib Dem), John Barrett MP (Lib Dem), John Battle MP (Lab), John Bercow MP (Con), Hugh Bayley MP (Lab), Richard Burden MP (Lab), Mr Quentin Davies MP (Con), Mr Jeremy Hunt MP (Con), Ann McKechin MP (Lab), Joan Ruddock MP (Lab), Mr Marsha Singh (Lab).

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