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Dr. Harsha Vardhana Singh, Executive Director of Brookings India, addressed a Foreign Policy Round Table at LKI on 26 July 2017 where he spoke on “The Outlook for World Trade Growth, US Trade Policy, Asia, and the WTO”.
Dr. Singh shared his insights on the global trade outlook for 2017. He also highlighted the need to separate the rhetoric in the political sphere from the ground reality when looking at the mechanics and application of US trade policy.
During the discussion, it was noted that the World Trade Organization (WTO) remains the most hopeful normative framework on trade, particularly for developing states, such as Sri Lanka, that are seeking to negotiate better trade partnerships.
The roundtable was attended by Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Chairman of LKI, the High Commissioner of Bangladesh, and representatives from the Prime Minister’s Office, the Australian High Commission, the Department of Commerce, the World Bank, the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, Harvard Centre for International Development, and the International Finance Corporation, as well as heads of think tanks, academics, and the private sector.
The roundtable was moderated by Dr. Ganeshan Wignaraja, Chair of the Global Economy Programme at LKI (supported by Dilmah).
Click here for the key takeaways of the round table.
Photos: Fluke, by Ruvin de Silva