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An Indonesian View of the World Trade Organisation

Speaker: Dr Mari Elka Pangestu; Chair: Dr Kirsten E. Schulze

Tuesday 19 March 2013, 2.30-4pm, EAS 171, New Theatre, 1st Floor, East Building
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The World Trade Organisation (WTO) is facing daunting challenges in view of the current global financial and economic crisis. Trade will be a key element for the recovery and sustained growth of the world economy and the WTO should play a crucial role in preserving confidence in an open, fair, rule-based and balanced multilateral trading system. In a world of competing interests, a question remains whether the WTO could stand as the guardian of an inclusive economic growth and development. Dr. Mari Elka Pangestu will discuss the WTO from an Indonesian perspective.

Dr Mari Elka Pangestu is Indonesia’s Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy and Candidate for Director General of the WTO. As Minister of Trade from 2004-2011, she played an active role in the WTO, representing her country as well as groups of developing countries such as the G33, and was an active member in other groups (G20, Cairns, Green Rom). Dr Pangestu has over 25 years of vast experience in academia, international organisations and government (international trade, investment and development in the multilateral, regional and domestic settings). From 2002-2004, together with Jeffrey Sachs, she was Co-coordinator of the Task Force on Poverty and Development for the UN Millennium Project. She is currently a member of the UNCTAD Secretary-General’s Panel of Eminent Persons. 

Dr Kirsten E. Schulze is Senior Lecturer in International History and Head of the Southeast Asia International Affairs Programme at LSE IDEAS.