This year, the Public Forum will tell the human story behind trade. It will showcase the myriad connections between trade and people’s daily lives and demonstrate how trade impacts and improves the day-to-day lives of citizens around the globe, whether in developed or developing countries.
“No nation was ever ruined by trade, even seemingly the most disadvantageous”, wrote Benjamin Franklin in 1774 in a pro-trade pamphlet. Imagine what Franklin might say about today’s globalized world: trade has become such a pillar of the global economy that we often do not even realize how often we interact with products and services that come from beyond our borders. Even a seemingly simple product like your favourite pair of jeans may originate in one place, be produced in another and shipped from a third country before finding its way into your local shop. This international production of goods and services contributes to the development of poorer countries and to the growth of the world economy. Similarly, millions of products are transported every day across continents and borders to fulfil needs of consumers from all corners of the world.
Trade creates social and economic opportunities, for consumers, citizens and economic players. But are these benefits inclusive enough?
Under this thematic umbrella, the following three subthemes will be discussed: trade and jobs – trade and consumers – trade and Africa.
ECDPM’s Isabelle Ramdoo will be a panellist for a session organised by the Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC). View the presentation.