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The International Food & Agricultural Trade Policy Council  (IPC)
and the National Institute of Agriculture, India, present:


Easing the Transition to More Open Global Markets

November 12-13, 2003

Taj Palace Hotel

New Delhi, India

Agenda and Presentations

Proceedings (forthcoming)



Easing the Transition to More Open Global Markets

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Wednesday, November 12
Keynote Address and Opening Luncheon

Rajnath Singh, Minister of Agriculture & Cooperation, India

Session One: The Role of the Public Sector: Agricultural and Rural Policies

How have developing countries solved the problems posed by economic transition in agriculture? What kinds of public policies have succeeded in addressing the needs of those who can take advantage of trade, and those who cannot? What do farmers need from public policy and public investment?

Chair: R.C.A. Jain, Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, India 
Ashok Lahiri, Chief Economic Advisor, Ministry of Finance 
Prem Kumar, Chairman, Food Corporation of India 
Anwarul Hoda, Professor, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations 
Jikun Huang, Director, Center for Chinese Agricultural Policy
- Presentation (.ppt)

Session Two: The Role of the Private Sector: Technology and Investment

The private sector must facilitate economic transition by providing off-farm employment. The private sector can also introduce new technologies that help farmers become more profitable, and can help agriculture in developing countries meet international standards. However, the private sector also needs a supportive public policy environment, including investment in infrastructure. How can the private sector facilitate economic transformation, and what are the critical public sector policies and investments required by the private sector?

Chair: Hans Johr, Corporate Head of Agriculture, Nestle Ltd., Switzerland   K.S. Mani, Chairman, Agricultural and Processed Foods Products Export Development Authority 
Vandana Shiva, Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology Partha Das Gupta, Syngenta, India 
Hardeep Singh, Chairman, Cargill India 
- Presentation (.ppt)
Raul Montemayor, Business Manager, Federation of Free Farmers Cooperatives, Philippines

Dinner and Reception

Speaker: Prabhat Kumar, Former Cabinet Secretary, Governor Jharkhand

Thursday, November 13

Session One: The Role of Trade: South-South and Global

What role, specifically, does more open trade play in a developing country’s economy? How can South-South trade relations be encouraged? What has been the experience of developing countries in trade agreements with developed countries? With other developing countries?

Chair: Brian Chamberlin, Former Agriculture Cousellor, New Zealand 
T.C. Venkat Subramanium, Managing Director, ExIm Bank, India  -
Marcelo Regunaga, President, Regunaga y Asociados, Argentina  -
Shishir Priyadarshi, WTO, India -

Keynote Address and Luncheon

Speaker: Dipak Chatterjee, Chairman, Competition Commission and Former Secretary of Commerce, India

Session Two: The Role of the International Community

The international community is very diverse, encompassing international agencies such as the World Bank; bilateral donors, such as the US or the EU; as well as NGO’s and private voluntary organizations. What role are these entities playing in rural development? How can they be more effective in easing economic transition facing agriculture in the coming decade?

Chair: Robert L. Thompson, IPC Chairman and Former Director of Rural Development, The World Bank, USA 
Csaba Csaki, Senior Advisor for Policy and Strategy, The World Bank, Hungary 
Piet Bukman, Former Minister of Agriculture, The Netherlands 
Nestor Osorio, Executive Director, International Coffee Organization, Columbia 
-   Presentation (.ppt)
Pedro Medrano Rojas, Country Director, World Food Program, India -

Conclusions and Insights

Robert L. Thompson, IPC Chairman and Former Director, The World Bank and selected speakers

Closing Dinner

Speaker: Y.K. Alagh, Former Minister and Member Planning Commission, India

The IPC and NIA would like to thank the Confederation of Indian Industry for their support of this seminar.