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Global Forum on Trade Statistics
organized jointly by UNSD and Eurostat in collaboration with WTO and UNCTAD

2-4 February 2011, Geneva, Switzerland

Wednesday 2 Feb 2011, Morning Session, 9:30 - 12:30

  Mr. Walter Radermacher was appointed Director General of Eurostat as of 1 August 2008.

Mr. Radermacher, previously the Head of the German Statistical Office (Destatis), has held a wide variety of posts during his thirty-year career there, notably in the fields of environmental and economic statistics. He has been President since December 2006, and was Vice-President between 2003 and 2006. During the 2007 German Presidency, he was chair of the Council's working group on statistics.

He has also chaired the UN Committee on Environmental–Economic Accounting.

Mr. Radermacher holds degrees in business economics from the University of Münster and the RWTH Aachen University.

  Alejandro Jara is the Deputy Director-General of the World Trade Organization.

In 1973 he obtained his law degree from the Universidad de Chile. With the support of a Fulbright scholarship he pursued graduate studies at the Law School, University of California at Berkeley (1975-1976).

In 1976 he joined the Foreign Service of Chile where he has specialized in international economic relations. He served in the Delegation of Chile to the GATT in Geneva (1979-1984) and was seconded to the Economic System for Latin America (SELA) in Caracas as Coordinator for Trade Policy Affairs. He was appointed Director for Bilateral Economic Affairs (1993-1994), Director for Multilateral Economic Affairs (1994-1999). During 1996 — 1997 he also served as Chile’s Senior Official to APEC. At the same period he was deputy Chief negotiator for the Chile — Canada Free Trade Agreement and in 1997-1998 he was Chief negotiator for the Chile — Mexico Free Trade Agreement. In July 1999 he was designated Director General for International Economic Relations.

In June 2000 he was appointed as Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Chile to the World Trade Organization in Geneva. During 2001 he served as Chairperson of the Committee on Trade and Environment of the WTO. In February 2002 he was elected as Chairman of the Special Session of the Council for Trade in Services, which is in charge of the negotiations mandated by Ministers in Doha. He is author of numerous articles and papers on international trade.

  Jomo Kwame Sundaram has been Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development at DESA since January 2005.

Mr. Jomo has an extensive background in the field of economic development. He has taught at Harvard, Yale, Science University of Malaysia, National University of Malaysia, University of Malaya and Cornell. He has also been a Visiting Fellow at Cambridge University and a Senior Research Fellow at the Asia Research Institute in the National University of Singapore.

He was the Founder-Director of the Institute of Social Analysis (INSAN), Founder-Chair of IDEAs (International Development Economics Associates) and has served on the Board of the United Nations Research Institute on Social Development (UNRISD), Geneva.

Mr. Jomo has also served as the (Honorary) Research Coordinator for the G-24 Intergovernmental Group on International Monetary Affairs and Development since December 2006.

Over the years, Mr. Jomo has authored more than 40 monographs, edited more than 60 books and translated 12 volumes, in addition to writing numerous academic papers and articles for the media.

He studied at both Yale and Harvard. In 2007, he was awarded the Wassily Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought.

  Petko Draganov assumed his functions as the Deputy Secretary-General of UNCTAD on 1 May 2009, following his appointment by the United Nations Secretary-General.

Mr. Draganov attended the English Language School in Sofia. He received an M.A. in International Law from the Moscow State Institute for International Relations. He is fluent in English, French and Russian, and reads Spanish and Italian.

Mr. Draganov began his diplomatic career in the Information Department of the Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From 1985 to 1998, he worked largely on African affairs, serving in the Bulgarian embassies in Ghana and Zimbabwe and in the African Department of the Foreign Ministry. From 1993 to 1998 he was Ambassador to South Africa, Namibia and Botswana.

In 1998, Mr. Draganov was appointed as the Permanent Representative of Bulgaria to the UN and other International Organizations in Geneva. He served as President of the Conference on Disarmament in August-December 2000.

From 2001 to 2005, Mr. Draganov performed important functions as the First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria. He was in charge of multilateral diplomacy, development, disarmament and European integration issues. He also served as Chairman of the National Commission on UNESCO, Alternate Representative of the Republic of Bulgaria to the UN Security Council and Special Representative of the Chairman-in-Office of the OSCE to Moldova.

Mr. Draganov served a second term as Bulgaria's Permanent Representative in Geneva from 2005 to 2008. In 2008, he was President of UNCTAD's Trade and Development Board. In that capacity he contributed to the successful outcome of UNCTAD XII, chairing the UNCTAD XII Preparatory Committee and Committee of the Whole.

  President of Istat since August 4th, 2009.

From January 2001 to July 2009, he was Chief Statistician and Director of the Statistics Directorate of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris, where he designed and implemented a thorough reform of the statistical system, organised the "World Forum on "Statistics, Knowledge and Politics" and launched the Global Project on the "Measurement of Progress in Society".

Since 2002, he has been a Professor of Economic Statistics at the Economics Department of the University of Rome "Tor Vergata".

He has authored numerous publications and has been a member of important national and international committees, such as the Stiglitz Committee, established by the French President Nikolas Sarkozy. He has also been President of the Global Council of the World Economic Forum on the "Evaluation of Societal Progress". For his work on the measurement of social welfare, in 2010, he was awarded the Gold Medal of the President of the Republic by the Pio Manzł International Centre and became a member of the Club of Rome. He is a member of the Advisory Board for the Human Development Report of the United Nations, of the Partnership Group of the European Statistical Committee and Chairman of the Board of the World Bank International Project for the measurement of purchasing power parity.

From 1983 to 1989, he was a researcher at Istat, and from 1989 to 1991 he was principal researcher at the Istituto Italiano di Studi sulla Congiuntura (ISCO - National Institute for Studies on Economic Cycles). Returning to Istat in 1993, he became Head of the Department of National Accounting and Economic Analyses and in 1997 he was selected to Head of the Department of Economic Statistics, a position he held until December 2000.

  The presentation will focus on gaps in international commercial statistics from the perspective of a policy analyst. The term ‘international commercial statistics’ referring to all statistics covering international commercial exchanges such as trade in both goods and services, as well as inflows and outflows of FDI, the operations of multinationals and international flows of information. The gaps will be broken down into three broad categories: The first being gaps in existing statistics, such as coverage and definitions; The second, new data requirements based on global value chains and the international fragmentation of production; the final, will focus on gaps at the firm-level.

  Mr. Aaron Sydor is the Deputy Chief Economist and A/Director of Trade and Economic Analysis within the Office of the Chief Economist at Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada. Prior to joining the Department, Aaron worked within the Micro-Economic Policy Analysis Branch at Industry Canada. He holds a M.A. in economics from Carlton University and a B.A., also in economics, from Brock University. His primary research interests are in North American economic integration, the operations of multinational enterprises and Global Value Chains (GVCs).

  Global Value Chain Analysis and Its Impolications for Measuring Global Trade
The analysis of global value chains (GVCs) highlights many of the most interesting and vexing issues in understanding the networked structure of production and trade in the international global economy. This presentation will outline the key steps needed to build a data-driven value chain, and present a typology used to analyze the main governance structures in GVCs. A preliminary assessment will be made of the relative importance of different types of broad governance structures (intra-firm, inter-firm and open market trade), and the policy questions and corresponding need for data to answer research questions related to these different types of trade.
  Gary Gereffi is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center on Globalization, Governance, & Competitiveness at Duke University (, where he teaches courses in economic sociology, globalization and comparative development, and international competitiveness.  He received his B.A. degree from the University of Notre Dame and his M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees from Yale University.  Gereffi has published numerous books and articles on globalization, industrial upgrading, and social and economic development in various parts of the world.  His books include:  Manufacturing Miracles: Paths of Industrialization in Latin America and East Asia (Princeton University Press, 1990); Commodity Chains and Global Capitalism (Praeger Publishers, 1994); Free Trade and Uneven Development: The North American Apparel Industry after NAFTA (Temple University Press, 2002); The New Offshoring of Jobs and Global Development (International Institute of Labor Studies, 2006); Manufacturing Climate Solutions: Carbon-Reducing Technologies and U.S. Jobs (Center on Globalization, Governance & Competitiveness, Duke University, 2008); and Global Value Chains in a Postcrisis World: A Development Perspective (The World Bank, 2010).

Gereffi's research interests deal with the competitive strategies of global firms, the governance of global value chains, economic and social upgrading, and the emerging global knowledge economy.  His major ongoing research projects are:  (1) industrial upgrading, global production networks, and decent work in East Asia, North America, and Eastern Europe; (2) an ongoing collaboration with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and other sponsors on clean (low-carbon) technologies and U.S. jobs; (3) an analysis of food safety and quality standards in several global food and agricultural value chains; (4) engineering outsourcing and workforce development in the United States, China, and India; and (5) analyzing the competitiveness of North Carolina industries in the global economy, utilizing a value chain perspective.

  Hubert Escaith is the WTO's Chief Statistician. He holds a Master in Economics from the University of Aix-Marseille (France),  a doctorate in Mathematics Applied to Economics  from the University of Toulouse (France) and a Master in Management Information and Decision Support Systems from the École Supérieure de Sciences Économiques et Commerciales (ESSEC, Paris, France).

After a research post in economics and statistics with the French "Délégation à la Recherche Scientifique et Technique", he joined the United Nations in 1982. His first assignment was in the Middle East, where he worked on food security issues and rural development. He moved to Latin America in 1988, first to Mexico, then to Santiago de Chile, always for the UN. During his stay in Latin America, he held various positions, focusing on development economics, national accounts and statistics, trade and regional integration. In 2006, he left his post of Director of the UN-ECLAC Statistics and Economic Projections Division to join the WTO in Geneva.

  Mr. Laurencin graduated in mathematics, statistics and economics from the University of Dijon and the ENSAE in Paris. He is currently head of the Development Statistics and Information Branch of the Division on Globalization and Development Strategies in UNCTAD. Previously, he worked at the French National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies (INSEE) as a researcher, dissemination service coordinator and Chief of a Regional Statistics Department. This experience provided him with direct experience in terms of data collection from households and companies. He further worked as Deputy-Director of the Institute of Statistics of French Polynesia (ISPF) and as economist and database administrator at the NATO Secretariat, before starting his current function in 2001. He has shared his experience in statistical operations in the framework of technical cooperation programmes in Central and Eastern Europe, and taught at the University of Dijon and the University of Lille. 

  Mr. Ronald Jansen became Chief of the Trade Statistics Branch of the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) on 1 August 2010. In his current position he is responsible for statistics of international trade in goods and services and tourism statistics. Prior to that, he was chief of the Capacity Development section of UNSD and before that worked for many years in the area of international trade statistics, of which 6 years in Geneva.

Mr. Jansen studied Statistics and Psychology at the University of Groningen, taught Statistics at the University of Nijmegen and obtained there a PhD in mathematical modeling of human information processing. He works for the United Nations Statistics Division since June 1990.