Poor Trade: Liberalization Agreements

B.N. Ganguli Memorial Lectures are instituted in memory of the distinguished economist Professor B.N. Ganguli, former Chair, CSDS Board of Governors. Earlier speakers in the series include Professors Charles Taylor, Rodolfo Stavenhagen, Raimundo Panikkar, Bhikhu Parekh, Ernest Gellner, Ali Mazrui, Roberto Unger, Michael Walzer, John Keane, Amit Bhaduri, Giorgio Agamben, Bina Agarwal, José Casanova, Partha Chatterjee, Boaventura de Sousa Santos, Dipesh Chakrabarty and Claudio Lomnitz.

The role of international trade and economic liberalization has changed greatly over time in different circumstances. After a brief review of international trade in relation to imperial power in the last half millennium, the evolving challenges to trade policy and liberalization in relation to economic development and food security are considered. Particular attention will be given to recent experiences with attempting to achieve late industrialization and food security, especially through the Doha Round of WTO negotiations.

Jomo Kwame Sundaram was Coordinator for Economic and Social Development, Food and Agriculture Organization, during 2012-15. He was Assistant Secretary General for Economic Development in the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs during 2005-12, and Research Coordinator for the G24 Intergovernmental Group on International Monetary Affairs and Development during 2006-12. He was Professor at the University of Malaya until 2004 and Founder Chair of International Development Economics Associates. He has authored and edited over a hundred books, many academic papers and media articles. He has received several awards including the 2007 Wassily Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought.

Aditya Nigam is Professor at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies.

Friday, 11 March 2016, 6 pm
CSDS Seminar Room