Needs to Enhance Capacity for Trade
Ambassador Thomas M.T. Niles
President, United States Council for International Business
global business community has a major interest in helping poorer
nations develop their trade capacity and enhance their participation
in, and implementation of, trade agreements. And American companies
whose interests are increasingly tied to emerging markets
have a particularly important role to play in this endeavor.
of the new elements in the Declaration adopted at the recent WTO
ministerial in Doha was its emphasis on training programs in developing
countries aimed at preparing people in those countries to participate
in activities such as trade negotiations. Indeed, work on some
of the other new WTO agenda items agreed to at Doha such
as investment and competition policy was explicitly linked
to capacity building.
capacity building is appropriately a role primarily for governments,
I believe that business also has an interest in the success of
these efforts and, under the general rubric of corporate responsibility,
should be alert to opportunities to make its own contribution.
In particular, efforts aimed at ensuring effective legal training
at quality universities in developing countries deserve support.
Mandela Institute is one such program. Accordingly, USCIB looks
forward to cosponsoring a symposium on the Mandela Institute,
April 30 in New York. We will also work to highlight this and
other related capacity building initiatives when we host the International
Chamber of Commerces 34th World Congress, May
6-8 in Denver.