Pascal Lamy guest of honor of a CUTS-GDN forum
New Delhi, 30 JANUARY 2013 — "The current deadlock in international discussions on trade or on climate change and other global issues find their sources in the big geopolitical transformation that accompanies the rise of emerging countries in the world economy," said Pascal Lamy, Director-General of the WTO. "Consensus is still lacking on the balance of contributions and benefits between the US, the EU, Japan and the like on the one side, and India, China, Brazil and the like on the other side, particularly on the Doha Round."
Lamy was speaking on the challenges of global governance at the signing of a MoU between CUTS International and Global Development Network (GDN) on Capacity Building, in New Delhi, 30 January 2013.
Lamy recommends capacity building as a solution and supports the CUTS-GDN MoU signed on the occasion
Lamy proposed a threefold solution to the current deadlock: (1) A recognition from big emerging countries that their aim is to reach the level of development of the major industrial powers and that this implies that ultimately, they will share similar rights and obligations; (2) A recognition by major industrial powers that the system of rights and obligations that they put in place has some drawbacks and weaknesses, that point to their responsibility in some of today’s problems, whether in the trade or climate change arena; and (3) A willingness to negotiate on this common, ultimate system of rights and obligations and on the time needed by participants to get there.
He said "That’s the sort of solution that I submit to your own reflections. […]You cannot take these things forward without a bit of innovation. My wish is that GDN, CUTS and others, factor this sort of proposal, reflection in their own work so that maybe someday hopefully, sooner than later, we will overcome this worrying gridlock. This is my wish for tonight."
Lamy officiated the signing of the MoU between CUTS International and GDN on research and capacity building in developing countries on trade and competition at the forum. This MoU sets out a framework for collaboration between the two organizations. This strategic partnership, will build on the considerable work that CUTS has conducted on trade, competition polices and their impact on development trajectories and on the global research network of GDN. Through the Memorandum, CUTS and GDN will promote capacity building, knowledge sharing, and research and awareness of crucial policy challenges as a potential tool to support the efforts of countries to reach their development goals.
GDN President Pierre JACQUET explained: "We are particularly excited about this cooperation with CUTS. They have done remarkable work to mainstream trade and competition policy in development strategies. Through its global research network, GDN intends to mobilize academic researchers in developing countries to expand on that work."
CUTS Secretary General Pradeep MEHTA said: "We look forward to gaining huge synergistic value in our partnership with GDN, so that our joint work has a sharper edge to make a better impact on the development scenario in the developing world through policy-relevant research, advocacy and networking on economic policy issues."
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Pascal Lamy, WTO Director-General
Pascal Lamy is Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO) since September 2005. Mr. Lamy holds degrees from the Paris based Ecole des Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC), from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (IEP) and from the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA). He began his career in the French civil service at the Inspection Générale des finances and at the Treasury. He then became an advisor to the Finance Minister Jacques Delors, and subsequently to Prime Minister Pierre Mauroy. In Brussels from 1985 to 1994, Pascal Lamy was Chief of staff for the President of the European Commission, Jacques Delors, and his representative as Sherpa in the G7. In November 1994, he joined the team in charge of rescuing Credit Lyonnais, and later became CEO of the bank until its privatization in 1999. Between 1999 and 2004, Pascal Lamy was Commissioner for Trade at the European Commission under Romano Prodi. After his tenure in Brussels, Pascal Lamy spent a short sabbatical period as President of “Notre Europe”, a think tank working on European integration, as associate Professor at the l’Institut d’études politiques in Paris and as advisor to Poul Nyrup Rasmussen (President of the European Socialist Party).
Global Development Network (GDN)
The Global Development Network (GDN) is an International Organization that empowers researchers in developing as well as transition countries with research skills, which helps them produce knowledge in order to shape public policy. Founded in 1999, GDN is headquartered in New Delhi, with offices in Cairo and Washington D.C. GDN’s core business is building research capacity in the fields of economics and social sciences. GDN works in collaboration with 11 Regional Network Partners as well as with international donor organizations and governments, research institutes, academic institutions, think tanks and more than 12,000 individual researchers worldwide.
Consumer Unity & Trust Society (CUTS)
Consumer Unity & Trust Society (CUTS) is a non‐government, non‐profit organization. To confer a distinct identity to CUTS’ work on competition, investment and regulatory issues, as well as to take it forward in a more cogent manner, the CUTS Centre for Competition, Investment and Economic Regulation (CCIER) was established in 2003. CUTS CCIER operates under the advice/guidance of its International Advisory Board (IAB) headed by eminent competition expert Professor Frederic Jenny (a Judge in the French Supreme Court – Cour De Cassation) and comprising other academicians, practitioners and intergovernmental organization specialists drawn from institutions such as WTO, UNCTAD, World Bank, etc.