Event Conference Brussels Diplomatic Academy: Great Power Rivalry and Crises Effects on Global Trade and the Global South – The Future of Trade in a Fragmenting World

Conference Brussels Diplomatic Academy: Great Power Rivalry and Crises Effects on Global Trade and the Global South – The Future of Trade in a Fragmenting World

Date(s) - 09/07/2024
16:00 - 18:30

Press Club Brussels Europe


 Great Power Rivalry and Crises
Effects on Global Trade and the Global South
The Future of Trade in a Fragmenting World

A Conversation with Mr. Junior Lodge and Ambassador Dr. Len Ishmael

Venue: The Press Club, Froissartstraat 95, 1000 Brussels
Date: Tuesday July 9th 16:00-18:30hs

Speaker: Mr. Junior Lodge Assistant Secretary General Structural Economic Transformation and Trade Organization of African, Caribbean and Pacific States

Host: Ambassador Dr. Len Ishmael Head Expert Groups & Global Affairs BDA

This event is the third in a three-part series examining this era of crises – a global pandemic and wars in Europe and the Middle East against the backdrop of a climate crisis – the ensuing geopolitical tensions which are deepening divides between the West and the rest of the world and its effects on global trade. The Western-led liberal world order which has presided over decades of stability, is being challenged. Free trade, open markets, global supply chains are being disrupted and the continued benefits of globalization are uncertain, as geopolitics and geo-economics collide.

The third session in our series will examine the implications of this period of Great Power Rivalry on globalization and trade and what this means for countries of the Global South for whom trade is an important tool of development. Is friend-shoring bringing any benefits to countries of the Global South? As strategic considerations replace those of comparative advantage and low cost – what are the implications for countries and companies of the north and south? What are the effects of the EU New Green Deal and tariffs on Chinese made EVs, solar panels and high tech – and the US’s IRA, tariffs and other approaches such as “high fence small yard” on meeting climate change targets and production costs? What are the effects of price on consumers? What are Global South countries doing to secure their interests?

Join us in what promises to be a lively discussion on these and other issues related to the future of trade and what this might mean.

Please confirm attendance to: delia.barbu@vub.be by Monday July 8th, 4PM CET. Brussels

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PROGRAM: TUESDAY July 9th, 2024 | 16:00 – 18:30

16:00 Welcome & Introduction of Speaker: Dr. Len Ishmael
16:05 Conversation with Mr. Junior Lodge
17:00 – 18:15 Open Discussion

Mr. Junior Lodge is the Assistant-Secretary-General for Structural Economic Transformation and Trade at the Organization of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACP). He is a Jamaican national with 30 years of professional work, primarily on trade and development policies of poor, small and vulnerable OACPS countries. His professional experience spans multinational (DDA), hemispheric (FTAA), bi-regional (EPA and post-Cotonou), and national trade negotiations (bananas). Mr. Lodge has worked on private sector development during his tenure as Director of Trade and Investment at JAMPRO, and Executive Director of JAMCO – a London-based, Government of Jamaica-owned limited liability company that represented the commercial and lobbying interests of Jamaican banana exporters. His expertise also extends to design and management of trade-related technical assistance garnered through his leadership of the OACP MTS and TBT Programmes. Mr. Lodge has published widely, most notably, as co-editor of CARIFORUM-EU EPA – A Practitioners’ Analysis, and more recently, The Promise of a Recalibrated Caribbean-EU Partnership (co-authored with Dr. Jan Yves Remy). He completed post-graduate studies in Monetary Economics at Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies at UWI Mona, and International Trade Policy Research at the Institute of World Economics in Kiel, Germany.

Ambassador Dr. Len Ishmael is the Global Affairs Advisor of the Brussels Diplomatic Academy and Head of the Expert Groups. She is a visiting Professor of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and the Mohammed 6 University (Morocco) affiliated with the MSc Program and the Joint HEC Paris/ Public Policy School Executive Program. She is a Senior Fellow and Distinguished Visiting Scholar of the German Marshall Fund of the United States of America and a Senior Fellow of the Policy Center for the New South (PCNS). She is the former Ambassador of the Eastern Caribbean States to the Kingdom of Belgium and European Union, and past President of the 79-member African, Caribbean & Pacific (ACP) Committee of Ambassadors in Brussels and Commissioner on the UN/Lancet Covid-19 Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean. She is a former Director & Head of the Regional Headquarters of the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America & the Caribbean; Director General of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States, Alternate Governor of the World Bank and Director for the Foundation Leadership for Environment & Development (New York) of the Rockefeller Foundation. She is The Fletcher School Tufts University GMAP Endowment Fellow and member of The Fletcher School GMAP Advisory Council. Ambassador Ishmael is an international speaker on relations between the West and the Global South and the author of several publications on the Global South, Geopolitics, Africa-EU relations, China, and the Trans-Atlantic relationship. Her most recent book as editor and co-author entitled: Aftermath of War in Ukraine, the West vs the Global South? was published by the PCNS in 2023.










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