VENUE: LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS
THE WORLD TRADING SYSTEM AND THE CHALLENGE OF ASIA – IS THE UNITED STATES A HELP OR A HINDRANCE?
Date: 8th March 2010
Time and Venue: 17.00-18.30, LSE, Connaught House, Room: H102
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Ambassador Franklin Lavin will give his assessment of the USA in the world trading system today, focusing on the rise of Asia and China in particular. What should the US be doing in the wake of the global economic crisis? What trade-policy legacy did the Bush administration leave? What is the Obama administration's record and what are its prospects? In particular, what are the prospects for the US-China relationship, and for US-Asia trade relations more widely? What implications for the EU?
Frank Lavin will draw on his extensive experience as a policy-maker in three US administrations – most recently as Undersecretary for International Trade in the Commerce Department and US ambassador to Singapore – as well as his long-standing business experience in Asia, to address these questions. He will do so in his typically forthright manner.
Frank Lavin is the Chairman of the Public Affairs Practice for Edelman Asia Pacific, working with companies across the region as they grapple with regulatory challenges and sensitive government relations issues. He also sits in the Advisory Board of ECIPE. In Government, Lavin served as Under Secretary for International Trade at the U.S. Department of Commerce 2005-2007. In that capacity, Lavin was as lead trade negotiator for both China and India and was the senior policy official in the Department responsible for commercial policy, export promotion, and trade negotiations across the globe. Lavin was U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Singapore from 2001-05, where his duties included helping negotiate the landmark U.S.-Singapore Free Trade Agreement. In the private sector, Lavin served in senior finance and management positions in Hong Kong and Singapore with Cushman & Wakefield Investors Asia, Bank of America, and Citibank. Earlier in his career, Lavin served in the George H.W. Bush and Reagan Administrations, working in the Department of Commerce, Department of State, National Security Council, and White House. Lavin served as Director of the Office of Political Affairs in the White House 1987-89.
The European Centre for International Political Economy (ECIPE) is an independent and non-profit policy research think tank dedicated to trade policy and other international economic policy issues of importance to Europe. Launched in 2006, ECIPE has quickly established itself as one of the leading European policy-research institutes in the fields of the world economy.
The International Trade Policy Unit (ITPU) aims to serve the needs of the academic, policy, business, and civil society community. We conduct research, evaluation, and educative and capacity building projects that address the numerous and complex policy and business implications of trade agreements at the multilateral, regional and national levels.
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