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New approaches to development thinking - UNCTAD on government flexibility in trade, industry and macroeconomics

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) marks the launch of its Trade and Development Report 2006 with a public event at LSE on Tuesday 29 August. Heiner Flassbeck, UNCTAD, and Professor Robert Wade, LSE, will discuss the report's findings and recommendations.

The report contends that the international trade and financial systems must take better account of the asymmetries affecting developing countries. Their governments should take a pro-active stance in macroeconomic, trade and industrial policies to support the process of capital accumulation and structural change, respecting national specificities.

Heiner Flassbeck is officer in charge of the division of globalization and development strategies, which prepared the Trade and Development Report 2006. Robert Wade is professor of international political economy at LSE

New Approaches to Development Thinking: UNCTAD on government flexibility in trade, industry and macroeconomics is on Tuesday 29 August 2006 at 6.30-8pm in U8, ground floor, Tower One, LSE, Clement's Inn, London WC2A. This event is free and open to all with no ticket required.

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To reserve a press seat please contact Jessica Winterstein, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7060 or email j.winterstein@lse.ac.uk| 

Notes:

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development was established in 1964. UNCTAD promotes the development-friendly integration of developing countries into the world economy. UNCTAD has progressively evolved into an authoritative knowledge-based institution whose work aims to help shape current policy debates and thinking on development, with a particular focus on ensuring that domestic policies and international action are mutually supportive in bringing about sustainable development. For more information, see http://www.unctad.org| 

21 August 2006

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