Date & time
'Perspectives on the WTO Doha Development Agenda Multilateral Trade Negotiations,' conference was hosted by the International Policy Center of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, together with the Department of Economics and the Law School. The purpose of the conference was to provide a forum to discuss the most important issues to be addressed during the December 2005 Ministerial Meeting of the WTO in Hong Kong.
Robert M. Stern, Professor of Economics and Public Policy, directed the arrangements for the conference in collaboration with Barbara Peitsch of the William Davidson Institute. A number of Michigan faculty and staff will be represented at the WTO Ministerial Meeting in Hong Kong, as they were at the September 2003 WTO Cancun Ministerial. A series of position papers are being commissioned on the WTO negotiating issues and will be made available to conference participants and to government officials and the media at the Hong Kong Ministerial.
The WTO conference included US Trade Representative (USTR) Ambassador Robert Portman (invited), present and former Assistant USTRs, WTO Ambassadors and Representatives from China and Sub-Saharan Africa, trade officials from Brazil, Canada, the European Union, India, and Panama, private-sector representatives from General Motors and Merck & Co., legal staff from Butzel Long and Mayer Brown Rowe and Maw, staff from Oxfam America and the AFL/CIO, and several academic trade specialists. The conference program is posted on fordschool.umich.edu/rsie/Conferences and on www.wdi.umich.edu.