COVID-19 Trade and Development Agenda: African and Caribbean Perspectives and Expectations from Europe

The Covid 19 pandemic is affecting the global economy and some predict it to be worse than the great depression. On 18 June the RESPECT project, led by Prof. Bernard Hoekman, hosted an online panel which discussed whether this crisis is an opportunity to revisit the Trade & Development agenda? Further questions addressed in the panel include: ‘How will Africa and the Caribbean region adjust their trade strategy?’, ‘What do they expect from their partners, particularly the EU?’, ‘In this new context, should trade policy be used to achieve non-trade policy goals?’.



Stephen N. Karingi | Director, Regional Integration, Infrastructure and Trade, UN Economic Commission for Africa
Faizel Ismael | Director of the Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance, Chair of the International Trade Administration Commission (ITAC) of South Africa
Jan Yves Remy | Deputy Director at Shridath Ramphal Centre for International Trade Law, Policy and Services (SRC), The University of the West Indies

Junior Lodge | International Trade Expert, Advisor to the Caribbean post-Cotonou negotiations with the EU


Kathleen Van Hove | Senior Policy Officer, European Centre for Development Policy Management