AEIR 2018

Aid for Trade in Asia and the Pacific:

Promoting Connectivity for Inclusive Development


Since the launch of the Aid for Trade (AfT) initiative, AfT has been an important part of ADB’s support for regional cooperation and integration, and inclusive development in Asia and the Pacific. This conference will discuss key findings from ADB’s 2017 Aid for Trade report.

Under the overarching theme of promoting connectivity for inclusive development, the event will review the latest trends in AfT disbursements and trade costs in the region, particularly for the geographically challenged sea-locked economies of the Pacific in a comparative Asian context. As intraregional trade and investment linkages, especially in the services sector, play an increasingly important role in promoting inclusive growth, the report also explores how AfT can be further leveraged to facilitate trade in services across Asia and the Pacific. Further discussion on institutional and regulatory reforms and cutting-edge trade facilitating solutions to promote trade in services and e-commerce would be welcome.

The event will bring together stakeholders from the Pacific, including policy makers, representatives from international organizations, the donor community, and academia to discuss the emerging challenges facing the remote island economies of the Pacific, and the way forward for the AfT initiative to boost connectivity and facilitate trade for inclusive growth. In the process, the discussion will also help highlight future intervention areas and inform the focus areas of ADB’s 2019 Aid for Trade report.


Event details

Date/Venue:

7–8 February 2018
Postgraduate Lecture Theatre, Faculty of Business and Economics Building, University of the South Pacific,
Suva, Fiji

Contacts:

  • Erik Aelbers
    Unit Head, Economics and Programming
    Pacific Subregional Office,
    Asian Development Bank
    Email: eaelbers@adb.org
  • Fahad Khan
    Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department,
    Asian Development Bank

    Email: fkhan@adb.org
  • Ms. Pia Tenchavez
    Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department,
    Asian Development Bank

    Email: ptenchavez@adb.org

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Conference Agenda

Program and Agenda



Wednesday, 7 February 2018
Venue: Postgraduate Lecture Theatre, Faculty of Business and Economics Building

Day 1


Registration/Opening:toggle

Welcome / Keynote

8:00–9:00 am
Registration
9:00–9:10 am
Welcome Remarks
Professor Rajesh Chandra Vice Chancellor,
University of South Pacific
Bio

Professor Rajesh Chandra is the Vice-Chancellor and President of The University of the South Pacific (USP). He took up his position in July 2008 prior to which he as the Foundation Vice- Chancellor of the University of Fiji. Prior to his UniFiji appointment, he had occupied many senior positions at the USP, including Acting as Vice-Chancellor between 2003 to 2005; Deputy Vice-Chancellor; Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic); Director of Planning and Development and Professor and Head of Geography. He has held visiting appointments at the Australian National University, University of Canterbury, McGill University and the East- West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. He obtained his PhD from the University of British Columbia, Canada on a Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship.

Professor Chandra is credited for getting USP back on track after its financial difficulties of 2005 to 2008, and for a determined series of reforms and re-engineering to transform USP from a good to excellent University. There has been unprecedented student enrolment growth—standing at about 30,000, operating surpluses, capital development, and lift in the University’s reputation and engagement both within countries, but regionally and internationally.

He has led USP’s ICT development since 1986 and is passionately committed to the development and utilization of ICTs. Professor Chandra is the Chairman of the Council of Regional Organizations of the Pacific (CROP) ICT Working Group as well as the Chairman of the CROP Human Resources Development Working Group. Professor Chandra was the Chairman of the predecessor body of the Fiji Higher Education Commission, as well as a foundation member of the Fiji Tertiary Scholarships and Loans Board. He has published widely and made numerous keynote presentations. Professor Chandra is a former member of the Council of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, and current Board Director of Transparency International Fiji, and Chairman of the Board of Sugar Research Institute of Fiji.
9:10–9:15 am
Statement from DFAT, Australia
H.E. John Feakes Head of Mission,
Australian High Commission
Bio

Mr John Feakes began his new term as Australian high Commissioner to Fiji in November 2017.

Mr Feakes is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and recently served as a High Commissioner to Kenya.
He has served in Lebanon, Jordan, Afghanistan, Papua New Guinea and the United States. In Canberra Mr Feakes held a range of positions including Assistant Secretary, Policy Planning Branch and Assistant Secretary, Strategic Affairs Branch.
Mr Feakes holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree from the University of New South Wales.
9:15–9:30 am
Opening Remarks
Shaheen Ali Permanent Secretary,
Ministry of Trade, Industry and Tourism, Government of Fiji
Bio

Mr. Shaheen Ali has more than 18 years of experience and knowledge in the field of trade policy, trade negotiations, industry development, economic management, functioning of state owned enterprises, consumer protection and competition laws and development policies for growth of micro, small and medium businesses. Mr. Ali has high-level strategic and policy planning skills, a deep knowledge of the Fijian and international economies and key macro and industry based policies. He is also the Chief negotiator for all trade negotiations that Fiji is party to, including trade and market access agreements that Fiji has concluded in the last decade. Mr. Ali has a Master in Foreign Affairs and Trade, from Monash University. And his experience has enabled him to develop strategic partnerships with both public and private sector and communicate effectively with all stakeholders.

As the Permanent Secretary since 2011 for Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism, he has put in place strategies to position Fiji as a vibrant, dynamic and internationally competitive economy that serves as the regional hub.
9:30–9:45 am
Keynote Speech
Bambang Susantano Vice President,
Asian Development Bank
Bio

Bambang Susantono is the Vice-President for Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). He assumed the position in July 2015. Mr. Susantono is responsible for management of ADB’s “ustainable Development and Climate Change Department, Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department, and Department of External Relations. Prior to this, Mr. Susantono was the Vice-Minister of Indonesia’s Ministry of Transportation and Deputy Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development. He has extensive experience providing policy advice to government, private sector organizations and international institutions. He chaired several research institutes and taught in universities. He was also Commissioner for airline, port, telecommunications and media companies. Mr. “usantono holds a PhD in Infrastructure Planning and Master’s degrees in Transportation Engineering, and City and Regional Planning from the University of California Berkeley. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the Bandung Institute of Technology.
9:45–10:00 am
Photo Session and Coffee Break


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ADB 2017 Aid for Trade Report

Chair:
Yasuyuki Sawada Chief Economist,
Asian Development Bank
Bio

Yasuyuki Sawada is Chief Economist of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). He is the chief spokesperson for ADB on economic and development trends, and serves as Director General of the Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department, which publishes ADB’s flagship knowledge products. Prior to assuming his current post, Mr. Sawada was a professor at the University of Tokyo’s Graduate “chool of Economics. A Japanese national, Mr. Sawada has over 20 years of experience as an economist, researcher, and academic. He has worked at the ADB Institute in Tokyo and served as consultant for various projects at the World Bank Group. A leading figure in development economics and applied microeconometrics, he has also served as a visiting professor at Stanford University’s Stanford Center for International Development and adjunct professor of economics at Korea University. Mr. Sawada has conducted many field studies in developing countries and has a deep insight about development issues. His research has contributed to the works of various development institutions including the Japan International Cooperation Agency, Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies, Crawford School of Public Policy’s Australia– Japan Research Center at the Australian National University, and the Pakistan Institute of Development Economics. He has published and reviewed numerous books, reports, and journal articles, particularly on the topics of economics, disaster resilience and recovery, foreign aid, and poverty dynamics.

Mr. Sawada holds a Ph.D. in Economics and a Master’s degree in International Development Policy at Stanford University. He received Master’s degrees in International Relations at the University of Tokyo and in Economics at Osaka University, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Economics at Keio University.
10:00–10:30 am
Aid for Trade in Asia and the Pacific: Promoting Connectivity for Inclusive Development
Cyn-Young Park Director,
Regional Cooperation and Integration Division, Asian Development Bank
Bio Presentation

Cyn-Young Park is Director of the Regional Cooperation and Integration Division in the Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). She manages a team of economists to examine policy issues and develop strategies related to regional cooperation and integration (RCI). During her career with ADB, she has been main author and contributor to ADB flagship publications, including the Asian Development Outlook, as well as the Asia Capital Markets Monitor, Asia Economic Monitor, Asia Bond Monitor, and ADB Country Diagnostic Study Series. She has also participated in various global and regional forums, including the G20 Development Working Group, Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), ASEAN+3, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, and Asia-Europe Meeting. She has written and lectured extensively about the Asian economy and financial markets. Prior to joining ADB, she served as Economist (1999–2002) at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). She received her Ph.D. in Economics from Columbia University, and bachelor degree from Seoul National University.
Q&A

10:30–12:00 am
Round Table Discussion

Caleb Jarvis Trade Commissioner,
Pacific Trade Invest, Australia
Bio

Caleb Jarvis became the Trade & Investment Commissioner for Pacific Trade Invest in 2008. He is an Executive of the Australia Papua New Guinea Business Council, Australia Pacific Islands Business Council and the Australia Fiji Business Council. He has an extensive background in international trade, investment facilitation, impact investing, tourism, marketing, property and the creative arts. Creating good jobs in the Pacific remains his key priority.

In 2003 he joined the Australian Trade Commission where he managed a team of Export Advisers in NSW and the ACT. He was posted overseas as the Acting Trade Commissioner Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean for Australia in 2007. Mr Jarvis resided in PNG managing the City Pharmacy Group of companies from 1996 until 2001. During this period the company underwent a process of substantial growth and was listed on the PNG stock exchange. As a child Mr Jarvis resided in Port Moresby for several years.

Mr Jarvis was born in Sydney in 1971 and was educated at The Scots College. He has a Bachelor of Arts (Economics and Philosophy) from the University of NSW. He lives in Sydney with his wife and three children. His Pacific credentials are rounded off with a keen passion for rugby and the ocean.
Cyn-Young Park Director,
Regional Cooperation and Integration Division, Asian Development Bank
Bio

Cyn-Young Park is Director of the Regional Cooperation and Integration Division in the Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). She manages a team of economists to examine policy issues and develop strategies related to regional cooperation and integration (RCI). During her career with ADB, she has been main author and contributor to ADB flagship publications, including the Asian Development Outlook, as well as the Asia Capital Markets Monitor, Asia Economic Monitor, Asia Bond Monitor, and ADB Country Diagnostic Study Series. She has also participated in various global and regional forums, including the G20 Development Working Group, Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), ASEAN+3, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, and Asia-Europe Meeting. She has written and lectured extensively about the Asian economy and financial markets. Prior to joining ADB, she served as Economist (1999–2002) at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). She received her Ph.D. in Economics from Columbia University, and bachelor degree from Seoul National University.
Howard Politini Chair,
Pacific Islands Private Sector Organization – TBC
Bio

Howard J. Politini is the Chair of PIP“O’s Board of Directors appointed by members at the AGM in August 2016. He is the President of the Fiji Commerce & Employers Federation and the General Manager Human Resources at Bank South Pacific. Alongside his career path in teaching and management in civil aviation security and organisation culture change, Howard has had a parallel career in the Royal Fiji Military Territorial and Regular Forces. His private sector experience has been in human resources and rural banking. Howard has also served on numerous state owned enterprises boards and currently on community and private sector boards and trusts. Howard is also a certified Leadership trainer, coach, mentor and speaker on the John Maxwell Team.
Michael Roberts Head of Aid for Trade Unit,
WTO
Bio

Mr. Roberts manages biennial work programmes and has organized successive Global Reviews of Aid for Trade, the latest of which was held on 11-13 July 2017 and which examined the theme of "“Promoting Trade, Inclusiveness and Connectivity for “ustainable Development". This event, and the accompanying publication, has a strong focus on digital connectivity. Michael starting his career at WTO the Agriculture and Commodities Division in 2001. Between 2003 and 2009, he established and led the Standards and Trade Development Facility. Prior to joining WTO, he worked in the Russian Federation and the UK on agriculture and trade policy issues. Michael is an agricultural and development economist by training and holds degrees from University of Oxford and the University of Kent at Canterbury in the UK.
Seema Sharma Director,
Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Trade - TBC
Bio

Seema Sharma is the Director of Trade Division, Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Trade. Prior to this, she was Director and Registrar of Cooperatives.
Rup Singh Senior Lecturer,
University of South Pacific
Bio

Dr. Rup Singh is a Senior Lecturer in Economics and currently Acting Director of the Centre for Economic Modelling and Policy. He has been the Deputy Head of Economics and Associate Dean Learning and Teaching in FBE. Rup has contributed to teaching and research in the fields of Macroeconomics and Econometrics. He has significantly contributed to Official Statistics and MBA programs as well. Dr Rup has published in areas of monetary policy, trade and economic growth in internationally ranked & refereed journals. He serves in the editorial boards of 3 international journals and has received international and regional research awards, the Vice Chancellor’s Research Award, honorary research fellowship and gold medal awards. He has authored two books published by international publishers.
12:00–2:00 pm
Lunch Break


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Issues for Inclusive Development in the Pacific

Chair:
Robert Jauncey Regional Director,
Pacific Sub-regional Office, Asian Development Bank
Bio

Robert Jauncey is the Asian Development Bank’s Regional Director for the South Pacific, based in Fiji. He took up this position in February 2014. Rob leads ADB efforts to scale up engagement with the Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Samoa, Tonga, and Tuvalu. He has overseen ADB’s re-engagement with Fiji, and mobilized approximately $600 million in ADB resources and co-financing for new investments, including the first grant for the Pacific from the Green Climate Fund. Prior to joining ADB, Rob worked for the World Bank from 2000 to 2013. From 2009 to 2013 he led efforts to mobilize new commitments of over $500 million to the South Pacific; this was more than total previous World Bank to these countries, and included the first World Bank projects ever in Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, and Tuvalu. Rob also worked as an adviser to the Managing Director, and in the Western Balkans. Rob began his development career working for the Australian Government overseas aid program from 1990 to 2000. He has a Bachelor degree from the Australian National University, and a Masters in Financial Economics from the University of London.
2:00–4:00 pm
People’s Perspective on Inclusive Development
Emele Duituturaga Executive Director,
Pacific Islands Association of Non-governmental Organizations – TBC
Bio Presentation

Ms. Emele Duituturaga is the Executive Director of the Pacific Islands Association of Non- Governmental Organisations (PIANGO) since 2009. She is a strong advocate for strengthening civil society engagement and partnerships. She has been instrumental in PIANGO’s positioning as a regional and global civil society development actor. PIANGO is the regional umbrella body for NGO umbrella NGOs with a presence in 24 Pacific Island countries and territories.

Prior to joining PIANGO Emele was a Research Associate at Fiji’s University of the “outh Pacific; Fiji Government’s CEO for the Ministry of Women, Social Welfare, Poverty Alleviation and Housing from; UNFPA’s Pacific Regional Adolescent Health Programme Manager; Asia Development Bank’s NGO Specialist on Population and Family Planning in PNG; and she was Head of the Pacific Women’s Bureau at the SPC headquarters in Noumea. She has worked in the Pacific region as a development specialist over 2 decades after a decade of working in New Zealand in central and local government.

Private Sector Perspective on Inclusive Development
Ram Bajekal Managing Director and CEO,
FMF Foods Ltd.
Bio Presentation

Ram Bajekal is Managing Director of the FMF Foods Group of Companies. He is a Chartered Accountant from India and a Fulbright Fellow in Management Studies from Carnegie Mellon University, USA. He has over 35 years of work experience in the private sector with diverse organizations such as PricewaterhouseCoopers, Hindustan Photo Films, Unilever Group, Murugappa Group, Carpenters Group and now with FMF Foods.

In between, Ram took a three-year sabbatical to work with an NGO in rural India, imparting business skills to low-income communities engaged in micro-enterprise. In this role, he had opportunity to work with farmer groups, organizing them into collectives to strengthen their bargaining power in the value chain. In Fiji, he participates frequently in industry consultations on matters relating to trade.

Climate action and implications for the Pacific
John Connor Executive Director,
COP23 Secretariat, Government of Fiji – TBC
Bio Presentation

John Connor has spent over twenty five years working on public policy with a focus on climate, environment and development issues. Mr. Connor was CEO for The Climate Institute (Australia) for the last decade, overseeing its focus on national policy, institutional investor and international climate diplomacy work streams.

Mr. Connor has worked on numerous government and business advisory panels currently including the N“W Government’s Climate Council. He is a qualified lawyer and graduate of the Australian Institute of Corporate Directors. He has been a Board member of a number of NGOs and is a “Governator” with the Australian Youth Climate Coalition.

Regional trade agreements: Way forward for open regionalism in the Pacific
Shiu Raj Director,
Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat
Bio Presentation

Mr. Raj has oversight of the “ecretariat’s work programme on resilience, sustainable development, fisheries, economic reforms, development finance, trade and private sector. Regional meetings of Finance and Economic Ministers, Trade Ministers, Private Sector and the Pacific ACP Leaders also fall under his ambit.

Mr. Raj has been working in the area of development, reforms, trade and investment for three decades now. He has worked for the statistics office and the trade and investment promotion agency in Fiji. Before joining the Forum Secretariat, Mr. Raj was based in Canada, at Dalhousie University. He has a multi-disciplinary University attainment in economics, with specialisation in trade and development economics with first degrees in information systems and management.

Linking trade and inclusive development
Neelesh Gounder Senior Lecturer,
University of South Pacific
Bio Presentation

Dr. Neelesh Gounder is a Senior Lecturer in Economics and has been the Deputy Head Research and International. His research area include trade liberalization, household poverty, microsimulation modelling and institutional economics. Neelesh has published over 20 papers in these and related areas in international journals. He has a PhD in Economics from Griffith University (Australia).

Tourism in the Pacific
Chris Cocker CEO,
South Pacific Tourism Organization – TBC
Bio Presentation

Mr. Cocker hails from the Kingdom of Tonga and is the CEO of the South Pacific Tourism Organisation. He has over 20 years’ experience and expertise in Pacific trade, investment and global tourism marketing.

Before joining SPTO in June 2016, he had previously worked at SPC & SPTO (Fiji), the Pacific Cooperation Foundation (PCF) and the Pacific Trade & Invest (PT&I) in Auckland, New Zealand.

He is passionate about the Pacific and enjoys reading, travelling, music and especially international food. He is privileged and honoured to represent the Pacific Islands.



Public Lecture:toggle
Venue: Faculty of Business and Economics Conference Room, The University of South Pacific
5:00–6:00 pm
Disasters and International Risk Sharing: The Effectiveness of Market and Non-Market Insurance in Asia
Yasuyuki Sawada Chief Economist,
Asian Development Bank
Bio Presentation Abstract

Yasuyuki Sawada is Chief Economist of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). He is the chief spokesperson for ADB on economic and development trends, and serves as Director General of the Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department, which publishes ADB’s flagship knowledge products. Prior to assuming his current post, Mr. Sawada was a professor at the University of Tokyo’s Graduate “chool of Economics. A Japanese national, Mr. Sawada has over 20 years of experience as an economist, researcher, and academic. He has worked at the ADB Institute in Tokyo and served as consultant for various projects at the World Bank Group. A leading figure in development economics and applied microeconometrics, he has also served as a visiting professor at Stanford University’s Stanford Center for International Development and adjunct professor of economics at Korea University. Mr. Sawada has conducted many field studies in developing countries and has a deep insight about development issues. His research has contributed to the works of various development institutions including the Japan International Cooperation Agency, Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies, Crawford School of Public Policy’s Australia– Japan Research Center at the Australian National University, and the Pakistan Institute of Development Economics. He has published and reviewed numerous books, reports, and journal articles, particularly on the topics of economics, disaster resilience and recovery, foreign aid, and poverty dynamics.

Mr. Sawada holds a Ph.D. in Economics and a Master’s degree in International Development Policy at Stanford University. He received Master’s degrees in International Relations at the University of Tokyo and in Economics at Osaka University, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Economics at Keio University.

6:00–8:00 pm
Dinner Reception
Venue: Faculty of Business and Economics, University of the South Pacific




Thursday, 8 February 2018
Venue: Postgraduate Lecture Theatre, Faculty of Business and Economics Building

Day 2


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Promoting Trade, Inclusiveness and Connectivity for Sustainable Development - Aid for Trade Global Review 2017

Chair:
Shishir Priyadarshi Director,
Development Division, World Trade Organization
Bio

Shishir Priyadarshi is one of the Directors of the World Trade Organisation in Geneva. He heads the Development Division of the WTO, whose mandate is to facilitate work on all trade related developmental issues in the WTO. A significant part of Mr Priyadarshi’s responsibilities extends to taking care of the developmental aspects of the Doha negotiations, especially in so far as they relate to addressing the concerns of developing countries. In particular this also includes the responsibilities relating to the recently launched initiative on Aid for Trade. Having earlier worked for the Government of India for nearly twenty years, Mr Priyadarshi has had a long experience in examining various aspects of the WTO agreements, from a developing country perspective. Mr Priyadarshi has written a number of papers, primarily detailing the concerns that developing countries have on various WTO agreements. He has played a key role in WTO’s efforts aimed at increasing the capacity of developing country trade officials in understanding the WTO Agreements.
9:00–10:45 am
Overview of the Aid for Trade Global Review and At a Glance publication
Michael Roberts Head of Aid for Trade Unit,
WTO
Bio Presentation

Mr. Roberts manages biennial work programmes and has organized successive Global Reviews of Aid for Trade, the latest of which was held on 11-13 July 2017 and which examined the theme of "“Promoting Trade, Inclusiveness and Connectivity for “ustainable Development". This event, and the accompanying publication, has a strong focus on digital connectivity. Michael starting his career at WTO the Agriculture and Commodities Division in 2001. Between 2003 and 2009, he established and led the Standards and Trade Development Facility. Prior to joining WTO, he worked in the Russian Federation and the UK on agriculture and trade policy issues. Michael is an agricultural and development economist by training and holds degrees from University of Oxford and the University of Kent at Canterbury in the UK.

Pacific Aid for Trade Strategy
Ben Czapnik Aid for Trade Advisor,
Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat
Bio Presentation

Ben Czapnik is a Trade Policy Adviser at the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) where he serves as the Team Leader responsible for Aid-for-Trade, Labour Mobility and Business Harmonisation. Prior to joining PIFS, Mr Czapnik spent five years with the United Nations in Geneva (ITC and UNECE) delivering aid-for-trade projects on trade facilitation, regional integration and FTA negotiations. Mr Czapnik started his career as a lawyer and subsequently as an Australian diplomat and trade negotiator, which included postings to the Solomon Islands (RAMSI) and Geneva (WTO negotiations). Mr Czapnik holds a BA/LLB from the University of Melbourne.

National perspective on trade, inclusiveness and connectivity: Presentation by Pacific partner country
Muliufi Nickel
Ministry of Commerce, Industry & Labor, Government of Samoa
Bio Presentation

Mr. Nickel is a graduate from the University of the South Pacific (USP) with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Management, Public Administration and Industrial Relations. He has worked for the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Labour (MCIL) from 2011 to 2013 as an Investment Promotion Officer and a Senior Trade, Commerce and Manufacturing (TCM) Officer. From 2013 to 2016, he was part of the KVAConsult team as an Analyst for Public Policy. In April 2016, he moved back to the MCIL as the new Trade, Commerce and Manufacturing Sector Coordinator/Assistant Chief Executive Officer. He has extensive work experience in the areas of monitoring and evaluation of projects, policy development, sector coordination, project management, financial analysis, climate change related projects, to name a few examples. He has also worked in an array of sectors such as Trade, Tourism, Agriculture, Finance, Environment, Community, in consultation with multiple government agencies, development partners, non-government organisations and private enterprises.

Donor perspective on trade, inclusiveness and connectivity
H.E. Halia Haddad Acting HOM,
New Zealand High Commission
Bio

Halia Haddad joined the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2008. Most recently, she held the role of Senior Policy Officer working on Middle East issues.

From 2014 to 2017, Halia was posted to the New Zealand Mission to ASEAN, based in Jakarta. She has worked in the Office of the New Zealand Minister of Foreign Affairs, and has held roles in Wellington working on Latin America and the Pacific.

She has also undertaken short term overseas assignments in London, Brasilia, and Suva. Halia holds degrees from the University of Warwick and Victoria University of Wellington.
10:45–11:00 am
Coffee Break
11:00–12:00 pm
Update on WTO 11th Ministerial Conference - implications for the Pacific region
Shishir Priyadarshi Director,
Development Division, World Trade Organization
Bio Presentation

Shishir Priyadarshi is one of the Directors of the World Trade Organisation in Geneva. He heads the Development Division of the WTO, whose mandate is to facilitate work on all trade related developmental issues in the WTO. A significant part of Mr Priyadarshi’s responsibilities extends to taking care of the developmental aspects of the Doha negotiations, especially in so far as they relate to addressing the concerns of developing countries. In particular this also includes the responsibilities relating to the recently launched initiative on Aid for Trade. Having earlier worked for the Government of India for nearly twenty years, Mr Priyadarshi has had a long experience in examining various aspects of the WTO agreements, from a developing country perspective. Mr Priyadarshi has written a number of papers, primarily detailing the concerns that developing countries have on various WTO agreements. He has played a key role in WTO’s efforts aimed at increasing the capacity of developing country trade officials in understanding the WTO Agreements.

12:00–2:00 pm
Lunch Break


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The future of inclusive trade driven growth, and the way forward towards the 7th Global Review – wrap up policy session

Chair:
Professor Rajesh Chandra Vice Chancellor,
University of South Pacific
Bio

Professor Rajesh Chandra is the Vice-Chancellor and President of The University of the South Pacific (USP). He took up his position in July 2008 prior to which he as the Foundation Vice- Chancellor of the University of Fiji. Prior to his UniFiji appointment, he had occupied many senior positions at the USP, including Acting as Vice-Chancellor between 2003 to 2005; Deputy Vice-Chancellor; Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic); Director of Planning and Development and Professor and Head of Geography. He has held visiting appointments at the Australian National University, University of Canterbury, McGill University and the East- West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. He obtained his PhD from the University of British Columbia, Canada on a Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship.

Professor Chandra is credited for getting USP back on track after its financial difficulties of 2005 to 2008, and for a determined series of reforms and re-engineering to transform USP from a good to excellent University. There has been unprecedented student enrolment growth—standing at about 30,000, operating surpluses, capital development, and lift in the University’s reputation and engagement both within countries, but regionally and internationally.

He has led USP’s ICT development since 1986 and is passionately committed to the development and utilization of ICTs. Professor Chandra is the Chairman of the Council of Regional Organizations of the Pacific (CROP) ICT Working Group as well as the Chairman of the CROP Human Resources Development Working Group. Professor Chandra was the Chairman of the predecessor body of the Fiji Higher Education Commission, as well as a foundation member of the Fiji Tertiary Scholarships and Loans Board. He has published widely and made numerous keynote presentations. Professor Chandra is a former member of the Council of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, and current Board Director of Transparency International Fiji, and Chairman of the Board of Sugar Research Institute of Fiji.
2:00–3:30 pm
Hillary M J Kumwenda Trade Policy Advisor,
Government of Fiji
Bio

Mr. Kumwenda has more than 12 years of experience in economic issues, global trade, investment, industrial and competition policy and other related areas. He has been with the Commonwealth Secretariat Hub and Spokes Programme for the past 4 years, and attached to the Fijian Government as Trade Policy Adviser in the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism.

Prior to joining the Commonwealth Secretariats Hub and Spokes Programme, Mr. Kumwenda worked in Zambia in the Department of Foreign Trade of the Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry. He was also a key member of the Government Technical Negotiating Team on Trade and Investments. Concurrently, he was also the Head and Chief Executive of the Competition and Consumer Protection Tribunal Secretariat of the Republic of Zambia. Over the years, he has contributed to the formulation of country economic reports as well as commercial, trade, investments, tourism, industrial and competition and consumer policies.

In addition, he has also provided consultancy services to various organisations notable ones being the COMESA Secretariat under the World Bank supported African Capacity Building Foundation, the Centre for Trade Policy and Development and the Trade Policy Centre in Africa based in Tanzania. He was also a dissertation supervisor and taught Economics and Trade Policy and Development at the University of Zambia as well as Regional Economic Integration and Competition Law at the University of Lusaka.
Matthew Lapworth Counsellor,
Australian High Commission
Bio

Matthew Lapworth is the Regional Counsellor for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) at the Australian High Commission in Suva, Fiji. He is responsible for overseeing Australia’s Pacific Regional Aid Program and supporting Pacific Regional Organisations.

While at DFAT, Matthew has also managed Australian aid to the Middle East, Caribbean, Latin America and Cambodia including responses to the Syria and Iraq humanitarian crises. Prior to DFAT, he worked in the Australian Attorney-General’s Department and the Department of Infrastructure. Matthew holds a Masters in International Affairs from the Australian National University, and Bachelor or Social Sciences (Honours) in Sociology from the Queensland University of Technology.
Shishir Priyadarshi Director,
Development Division, World Trade Organization
Bio

Shishir Priyadarshi is one of the Directors of the World Trade Organisation in Geneva. He heads the Development Division of the WTO, whose mandate is to facilitate work on all trade related developmental issues in the WTO. A significant part of Mr Priyadarshi’s responsibilities extends to taking care of the developmental aspects of the Doha negotiations, especially in so far as they relate to addressing the concerns of developing countries. In particular this also includes the responsibilities relating to the recently launched initiative on Aid for Trade. Having earlier worked for the Government of India for nearly twenty years, Mr Priyadarshi has had a long experience in examining various aspects of the WTO agreements, from a developing country perspective. Mr Priyadarshi has written a number of papers, primarily detailing the concerns that developing countries have on various WTO agreements. He has played a key role in WTO’s efforts aimed at increasing the capacity of developing country trade officials in understanding the WTO Agreements.
Shiu Raj Director,
Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat
Bio

Mr. Raj has oversight of the “ecretariat’s work programme on resilience, sustainable development, fisheries, economic reforms, development finance, trade and private sector. Regional meetings of Finance and Economic Ministers, Trade Ministers, Private Sector and the Pacific ACP Leaders also fall under his ambit.

Mr. Raj has been working in the area of development, reforms, trade and investment for three decades now. He has worked for the statistics office and the trade and investment promotion agency in Fiji. Before joining the Forum Secretariat, Mr. Raj was based in Canada, at Dalhousie University. He has a multi-disciplinary University attainment in economics, with specialisation in trade and development economics with first degrees in information systems and management.
Yasuyuki Sawada Chief Economist,
Asian Development Bank
Bio

Yasuyuki Sawada is Chief Economist of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). He is the chief spokesperson for ADB on economic and development trends, and serves as Director General of the Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department, which publishes ADB’s flagship knowledge products. Prior to assuming his current post, Mr. Sawada was a professor at the University of Tokyo’s Graduate “chool of Economics. A Japanese national, Mr. Sawada has over 20 years of experience as an economist, researcher, and academic. He has worked at the ADB Institute in Tokyo and served as consultant for various projects at the World Bank Group. A leading figure in development economics and applied microeconometrics, he has also served as a visiting professor at Stanford University’s Stanford Center for International Development and adjunct professor of economics at Korea University. Mr. Sawada has conducted many field studies in developing countries and has a deep insight about development issues. His research has contributed to the works of various development institutions including the Japan International Cooperation Agency, Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies, Crawford School of Public Policy’s Australia– Japan Research Center at the Australian National University, and the Pakistan Institute of Development Economics. He has published and reviewed numerous books, reports, and journal articles, particularly on the topics of economics, disaster resilience and recovery, foreign aid, and poverty dynamics.

Mr. Sawada holds a Ph.D. in Economics and a Master’s degree in International Development Policy at Stanford University. He received Master’s degrees in International Relations at the University of Tokyo and in Economics at Osaka University, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Economics at Keio University.


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Dame Meg Taylor Secretary General,
Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat
Bio

A national of Papua New Guinea, Dame Meg Taylor studied at the University of Papua New Guinea, and received her LLB from Melbourne University, Australia and her LL.M from Harvard University, USA.

She began her professional life as Private Secretary to Chief Minister Michael Somare during self-government of Papua New Guinea, and then during his tenure as Prime Minister at the independence of Papua New Guinea. She practiced law with the Office of the Public Solicitor and in the private sector, and served as a member of the Law Reform Commission.

She was Ambassador of Papua New Guinea to the United States, Mexico and Canada in Washington, DC from 1989-1994. In 2002, she was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

Meg Taylor has served on the board of the Bank of Papua New Guinea and on the boards of a number of companies in Papua New Guinea in the natural resources, financial, and agricultural sectors, as well as on the boards of companies listed on the Australian Securities Exchange. She has also served on the boards of international conservation and research organizations.

She was appointed to the post of Vice President and Compliance Advisor Ombudsman (CAO) of the World Bank Group in 1999 following a selection process led by civil society, industry, and academia. Having set up CAO, which is a key part of the governance structure of the World Bank Group, Meg Taylor led the office for 15 years and established a rich body of work. CAO provides independent accountability and recourse for communities impacted by projects supported by the private sector arms of the World Bank Group - the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA). Through her leadership, CAO has become internationally recognized for its cutting edge work in addressing corporate-community conflict around the globe, with a model that has been replicated by other multilateral institutions. She concluded her term at CAO in August 2014. In August 2014, Dame Meg was appointed by Pacific Islands Forum Leaders as Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum, a political grouping of 16 independent and self- governing states. She is the first woman to hold this post.

Dame Meg is also currently the Pacific Ocean Commissioner, and as such advocates for the secure future of Pacific people based on the sustainable development, management and conservation of the Pacific Ocean and its resources.

Dame Meg has recently been appointed to the High level steering committee on Every Women Every Child by the Secretary General of the United Nations.







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