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Making the Doha Development Agenda a True Development Round

Ralph Miliband Lecture Series

Date: Friday 31 March 2006
Time: 3.00pm
: Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House
Speaker: Valentine Sendanyoye-Rugwabiza
Chair: Professor Robert Wade

Due to a last minute change to his schedule Pascal Lamy will not be speaking at this event as he has to attend talks in Brazil. The speech will be delivered by WTO deputy director general Valentine Sendanyoye-Rugwabiza.

Valentine Sendanyoye-Rugwabiza has extensive work experience in senior government and private sector positions. Over the last three years she has served simultaneously as Rwanda's permanent representative to the UN in Geneva, head of delegation to the WTO and ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to Switzerland. She was also deputy head of delegation for her country's first Trade Policy Review in 2004. Prior to her current assignment she was adviser at the Council of Economic and Social Affairs in the Office of the Rwandan President in Kigali. In this capacity, she has represented the Government of Rwanda in numerous international conferences.

Before joining government service in 2000, Ambassador Sendanyoye-Rugwabiza managed her own company which she had established on her return to Rwanda in 1997. Previously she had worked for eight years as a senior manager with a major Swiss multinational company, first as head of its commercial development and marketing operations for Central Africa, based in Yaoundé, Cameroon, and then as its regional manager for Central and West Africa, based in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire.

Ambassador Sendanyoye-Rugwabiza is a founding member of the Rwandese Private Sector Federation, the Rwanda Women Entrepreneurs' Organization and the Rwandese Women Leaders' Caucus.

She has been coordinator of the African Group in the WTO. She is one of the two Ambassadors representing the LDCs in the Integrated Framework Working Group and she initiated the Integrated Framework in Rwanda.

For security reason it will NOT be possible to bring bags into this event.

The 4th WTO Ministerial Conference was held in Doha, Qatar from 9 to 14 November 2001. The purpose was to agree on the Doha Development Agenda, and from there negotiate opening agricultural and manufacturing markets. The intent of the round was to make trade rules fairer for developing countries. This lecture will look at the progress made, and the challenges that are still ahead.

Ticket Information

This event is free and open to all however a ticket is required.
Update: 2.30pm Wednesday 22 March

The online ticket request form is now closed as all tickets for members of the public, LSE staff and alumni have now been allocated. Tickets for this event will be distributed as of Thursday 23 March. Any applicants who were unsuccessful in their ticket request will be advised as soon as possible.

All tickets for LSE students have also been allocated.

If you have not been successful in requesting a ticket then please note the following:

Returns Queue
There will be a returns queue in operation for this event. Shortly before the event starts we will fill any empty seats left by ticket holders with people from the returns queue. The returns queue will be located outside the entrance to the Hong Kong Theatre. Entry is not guaranteed to this event via the returns queue.

Video Link Venue
There will also be a live video link to D202, second floor, Clement House. This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry to this venue will be on a first come, first serve basis.

For security reason it will NOT be possible to bring bags into this event.


Making the Doha Development Agenda a True Development Round (PDF)

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