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Linking International Trade with Poverty Reduction

Launch of the Report
at IPC Brussels on 26 May 2004

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On 26 May 2004 - 10.30 am at the International Press Center (IPC), Third Floor (room 03/251) Résidence Palace, 155 rue de la Loi, Wetstraat, 155 1040 Brussels

Mr. Charles Gore will present the new report and answer to your questions. Charles Gore is a Senior Economic Affairs Officer in UNCTAD, where he is currently the leader of the team that produces the Least Developed Countries Report.

This report, the first comprehensive empirical analysis of the relationship between trade and poverty in the least developed countries (LDCs), shows that the positive effects of international trade are felt in very few LDCs and that export growth alone does not reduce poverty. For the first time as well, the report looks at the impact of HIV/AIDS and armed conflicts on LDC economies.

The report, a biannual publication, stresses the complex relationship between trade and development. It attempts to define how international trade can help reduce poverty in the LDCs and suggests what steps can be taken nationally and internationally to that end.

A ministerial debate on "Trade and Poverty", to be held in São Paulo, Brazil, on 13 June as part of UNCTAD XI (13-18 June), will draw on the report for its discussions.

EMBARGO: The report and all related materials are under strict embargo until 27 May 2004 – 17:00 GMTAs space is limited, we would appreciate to receive your answer as soon as possible

Contact: Jean-Luc Onckelinx, Information Officer for the BENELUX and the EU, Regional UN Information Centre (RUNIC), Residence Palace 155, rue de la loi/Wetstraat, 155 B. 1040 Brussels, Tel. Fax. 32.2.502.57.72 E. mail :


Charles Gore is a Senior Economic Affairs Officer in UNCTAD, where he is currently the leader of the team that produces the Least Developed Countries Report. He has analysed international development issues for over 25 years and worked for UNCTAD either as a consultant or staff member since 1984. He has conducted field research in a number of African countries, including enterprise-level studies of major exporters and importers in landlocked countries and the ways in which local food markets work in Ghana. He has also closely studied the East Asian development experience and its relevance for African development, coordinating an international research project on the latter issue within UNCTAD in 1996-98.

He has contributed to various issues of UNCTAD’s Trade and Development Report, formulating the initial response to the World Bank’ East Asian Miracle Study in the 1994 Report, drafting the chapter on “Inequality and Development” in the 1997 Report on Globalization, Growth and Distribution, and contributing the chapters on African agriculture in the 1998 Report on African Development.

He has been Team Leader of the Least Developed Countries Report since 1999 and in this role, he has coordinated the research and been the principal author of The Least Developed Countries Report 2000: The Challenge of Financing Development in the Least Developed Countries; The Least Developed Countries Report 2002: Escaping the Poverty Trap; and The Least Developed Countries Report 2004: Linking International Trade with Poverty Reduction.

He is the author or editor of various books including: Regions In Question (1984); Social Exclusion: Rhetoric, Reality, Responses (1995); Social Exclusion and Anti-Poverty Strategy (1997); as well as a special issue of the Cambridge Journal of Economics on African Economic Development in a Comparative Perspective (2002). His articles include: “The Rise and Fall of the Washington Consensus as a Paradigm for Developing Countries” (World Development); “Methodological Nationalism and the Misunderstanding of East Asian Industrialization” (European Journal of Development Research); “Entitlement Relations and Unruly Social Practices: A Comment on the Work of Amartya Sen” (Journal of Development Studies); and “International Order, Economic Regionalism, and Structural Adjustment: The Case of Sub-Saharan Africa” (Progress in Planning).

The Launch of the report at IPC Brussels
26 May 2004


Major stories on the launch were carried by: Le Soir, De Standaard, "Mo", Belga. Demain le Monde, l’Echo, Financieele Dagblad, l’Européenne, Kanaal Z TV. Foreign press agencies also covered the event. Staff from the European Commission Directorate-General for Development were also present.

Related links:

High-Level Segment of ECOSOC- Theme "Resources Mobilization and Enabling Environment for Poverty Eradication in the Context of the Implementation of the Programme of Action for the LDC's" [New York, 28-30 June 2004]

Resources mobilization and enabling environment for poverty eradication in the context of the implementation of the Programme of Action for the Least Developed Countries for the Decade 2001-2010, Report of the Secretary-General (E/2004/54)