Hanoi hosts Pre-UNCTAD Civil Society Forum

VietNamNet Bridge, March 07, 2008

The Pre-UNCTAD Civil Society Forum opened in Hanoi on March 6 to discuss issues relating to trade, economic development and poverty reduction in Asia.

Under the theme “Linkages between Trade, Development and Poverty Reduction”, the two-day event aims to make thorough preparations for the UNCTAD XII Conference, scheduled to take place in Accra, Ghana from April 20-25.

The forum, held in Vietnam for the first time by Hanoi-based CUTS International, attracted the participation of representatives from Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), international and inter-governmental organisations, members of business associations, government officials, as well as the donor community in Asia. They focused their discussions on promoting global development and boosting cooperation between regional countries.

The event also provided CSOs with a discussion forum on the effects of globalisation and addressed key questions on policy coherence, trade and development, productive capacity and the role of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

The event kicked off with the book launch of the first Volume of research comprising the Country Case Studies of the developing countries under review. The book is entitled “Trade-Development-Poverty Linkages – Reflection from Selected Asian and Sub-Saharan African Countries”.

The forum is of great significance in the current context of Vietnam’s successful integration into the world economy and increasing role in the international arena.

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