Supporting and Monitoring Trade Liberalization: EPAs and the Development Agenda

Francesco Rampa, ECDPM

- Short introduction on Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) as trade and development agreement
- Supporting trade liberalization: aid for trade
- Key questions for EPA monitoring (and evaluation)
- Legal commitments for and process of monitoring trade liberalization

About the speaker
Francesco Rampa, an Italian national, is Programme Officer for the ECDPM's programme on ACP-EU Economic & Trade Cooperation. With a background in economics and international trade (graduated in Economic & Social Sciences at Bocconi University and Master in Economics for Development at Oxford University), his expertise and publications are in the fields of trade policies and development, trade negotiations, aid for trade, political economy, innovation and private sector support. Before joining ECDPM, he worked on trade policy and negotiations for two years as ODI Fellow at the Department of Trade and Industry of Papua New Guinea and on the relation between technology and trade at the Bocconi University. His current activities relate mainly to the trade policies and capacity development of the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries and the European Union, in the context of their regional integration process, the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) currently being negotiated and the multilateral (WTO) framework.

Venue: Faculty of Economics, Tongersestraat 53, C-103; Colloquiumruimte 1

Date: 24 October 2007

Time: 16:00 - 17:30  CEST