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ECIPE Book Launch: Razeen Sally’s “Trade Policy, New Century”

March 03 2008
Venue: Hotel Euroflat, Boulevard Charlemagne 50, Brussels, Belgium
Speakers: Roderick AbbottnErika MannnSylvain PlasschaertnRazeen Sally
Time: 12:00

Razeen Sally’s new book, “Trade Policy, New Century. The WTO, FTAs and Asia Rising,” has just been published by the Institute of Economic Affairs in London. The author will present the main insights and messages of his new work. Two discussants, one from academia and one from European policy-making circles will give their views on this new publication, which will be followed by an open debate.

The book covers the intellectual history of
free trade versus protection; trade-policy reforms in developing countries; the
WTO; FTAs; and unilateral liberalization in emerging Asia. Dr Sally argues that
the WTO and FTAs have outdated negotiating models for 21st-century business and
consumer realities. FTAs in particular risk creating new barriers rather than
removing existing ones. Top-down negotiation-driven trade policy is yielding
diminishing returns. The priority should be bottom-up unilateral
liberalization, with China´s opening to the world economy leading the way.


14.00    Welcoming Remarks from our Chairman
               Roderick Abbott, Former Deputy Director General of the WTO

14.10    Book Presentation “Trade Policy, New Century. The WTO, FTAs and Asia Rising”
              Razeen Sally, Director, ECIPE

14.40    Comments from the
perspective of EU policymaking
              Erika Mann, Member
of the European Parliament

14.55    Comments from the perspective of Chinese policymaking
              Sylvain Plasschaert, Honorary Professor, University
of Antwerp and University of Leuven

15.10    Open discussion  – Coffee and
refreshments will be served during the discussions

16.00    Close of Conference

 The book is
freely downloadable on the iea website:

of the event is free. But there is limited space available.

RSVP by May 30 2008
at info@ecipe.org