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Symposium on International Trade Issues in the First Decades of the Next
29 November 1999; Seattle, USA
In the first session, participants considered trade
and development prospects for the next twenty years, particularly how
trade liberalization can contribute to development, the need for increased
cooperation among IGOs activities in support of sustainable economic
development, and the contributions to be made by NGOs in this effort.
Special attention was given to the role of international trade in poverty
elimination, the effects of globalization on developing country economies,
and ways in which the WTOs least developed Members can become more
fully integrated into the trading system. In the second session,
participants considered evolving public concerns with the multilateral
trading system, emphasizing the relationship between sustainable
development and the WTOs trade liberalization imperative, how
scientific innovation and developments in information technology (IT)
potentially impact the trading agenda, and technology transfer concerns.
1999, SD / Earth Negotiations Bulletin. All