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Former World Trade Organization Director to Speak at Duke Oct. 30

October 28, 2014

Pascal Lamy portraitFormer director-general of the World Trade Organization Pascal Lamy will speak at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy on Thursday, Oct. 30.

Lamy will deliver the 2014 Von Der Heyden Lecture on “Global Value Chains and the New World of Trade,” as the keynote address of the Duke Global Summit on Governance and Development in a Value Chain World. The event will take place at 5 p.m. in the Fleishman Commons and is free and open to the public.

As director-general of the WTO, Lamy was one of the first world leaders to recognize the implications of global value chains on trade and international development.

Global value chains are the face of the new global economy. Rather than own all stages of production -- from design to raw materials to production to distribution to sales -- major corporations now outsource all but the most profitable parts of their supply chains to suppliers around the world.

Lamy serves on a number of commissions and boards, including as president of the Oxford Martin School Commission for the Future Generations and of the World Committee of Tourism Ethics. He also is a member of the think tank Notre Europe. His book, “The Geneva Consensus: Making Trade Work for All,” explores the potential of open trade as an engine for global economic groups, given the right mix of domestic and international policy.

The lecture is presented by the Von der Heyden Fellows Program Endowment Fund and co-sponsored by the Duke Center on Globalization, Governance & Competitiveness (CGGC) and the Sanford School of Public Policy. Parking for the event will be available in Duke’s Bryan Center parking garage. The event also will be livestreamed online at URL.

The Duke Global Summit Oct. 29-Nov. 1 will bring together academics and policy leaders from universities and organizations around the globe to discuss the implications of economic globalization. Policy makers invited to participate in the summit include representatives from the World Bank, International Trade Commission, African Development Bank and the U.S. Agency for International Development.
 
Gary Gereffi, director of CGGC and co-organizer of the summit, said one goal is to bring academics and international policy leaders into conversation with each other.

“We want to create a more integrated discussion between these international organizations, but also between the policymakers and the academic community,” he said. “For us to pull them all together to talk about global value chains in one place -- that’s unique. No one has really done it on this scale.”

Frederick Mayer, associate dean at the Sanford School and co-convener of the event, said the Duke Global Summit “is a great example of how Duke can more effectively engage with policy makers on major policy issues of the day."

More information about the summit is online at www.dukegvcsummit.org.