Aspen Global Health and Development

Advisory Council on Trade

In the past, trade and development policies have struggled with how to unleash the full potential for new trade and investment, sometimes locking in the status quo rather than encouraging innovation and reform. Further, difficulties remain in enabling international agreements and policies to effectively reach down to regional and local policies and practices on the ground that limit opportunities for increased investment and trade.  Looking across trade, investment and development policies, however, there have been some innovative approaches and best practices that, when combined and enhanced, could open up significant opportunities for developed- and developing-country trading partners alike.

With the Administration pondering a new initiative with the East African Community, the time is ripe for a stocktaking and new approach. This will require some creative thinking and concrete proposals that build on the lessons and successes of past approaches while avoiding their pitfalls. Given this context, the goal of the Advisory Council on Trade (ACT) will be to bring together leading thinkers, acting in an individual capacity and behind closed doors, to put forward the elements of a new model for encouraging increased trade, investment and development. This model would have immediate application in the discussion on Eastern Africa, but it could also be used more broadly in other parts of the world in which development-led trade is urgently needed.

The first meeting will take place on Friday, December 2, 2011 at 9 am at the Aspen Institute. This is an invitation only event.

ACT Members - Please find below the documents for our first meeting:

US-EAC Trade Facts

US-EAC Press Release - 11/4/2011

China-EAC Press Release - 11/17/2011

Searching for an Alternative to Economic Partnership Agreements - Antoine Bouët, David Laborde and Simon Mevel

Economic Partnership Agreements: How to Rebound? - Patrick Messerlin