School of Policy Studies

School of Policy Studies
School of Policy Studies

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Making Trade Work for Development: Challenges and Opportunities

November 3 - 4, 2014

Canadian Museum of Nature
3rd Floor Special Gallery
240 McLeod Street, Ottawa, ON

Trade and investment can spur sustainable economic growth and create jobs in developing countries, the key to poverty reduction and shared prosperity, and developing economies are increasingly important trading partners for Canada. Strategy at the nexus of trade and development, however, must take account of a rapidly changing global commerce environment. Global trade and investment are increasingly being transformed by technological change that alters what things are traded, and by new business models that fragment production into global value chains. Assessing how trade fits into economic development strategies requires an understanding of this rapidly evolving trading system. 

Developing countries often have internal constraints that prevent their firms from taking advantage of trade opportunities, and/or they have institutional frameworks that create impediments for international investors.  These constraints include things like a lack of market access know-how, lack of critical infrastructure and transportation facilities, weak customs and border regimes, and regulatory barriers. A solid understanding of contemporary international trade dynamics, combined with an assessment of the opportunities and constraints facing individual developing countries, are essential elements of sustainable economic growth strategies. 

This course is intended for mid-level policy analysts, programmers and managers across all sectors with a special emphasis on those working directly on development and trade issues in priority countries. Managers and staff within the development, trade and diplomacy fields all require a deep understanding of global commerce dynamics; the development and commercial opportunities and challenges flowing from international trade and investment; and the points of integration for trade and development strategies and initiatives.  

The course objective is to develop the ability to think both strategically and practically about the trade and development nexus, exploring in concrete terms what trade can do for development and what development can do for trade. It aims to expand knowledge and understanding of contemporary trends in global commerce, and of the role of trade and investment in promoting sustainable economic growth. Using workshop discussions of country case studies, participants will consider the barriers to trade integration and trade negotiations, and the opportunities and risks for sustainable and inclusive development.