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NewsFlash: January 3, 2008

Conference on development, trade, labor in sub-Saharan Africa 

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Registration and breakfast: 8:30 – 9:00 AM
Panels and discussions: 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM (Lunch provided)

Audio and other materials from this conference are now available.

After seven years of experience with a unilateral trade agreement aimed at stimulating trade between the U.S. and sub-Saharan African countries, the Economic Policy Institute will host a day-long conference on the winners and losers under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).  Please join TheInternational Labor Rights ForumGlobal Policy Network and the Center for Research on Multinational Corporations for the release of a report [PDF] produced by the Netherlands-based Center for Research on Multinational Corporations that will provide the backdrop for a broader analysis and debate on the value of linkage and preference programs un AGOA, and the future of global investment and trade under the New Partnership for Development Act (NPDA).

When: Thursday, January 10th, 2008, 9 AM – 3:30 PM
Registration will begin at 8:30am
Lunch and a light breakfast will be served.

Where: Economic Policy Institute, 1333 H Street, NW Suite 300, East Tower, Washington, DC 20005


Congressman Phil Hare (D-IL)

Esther De Haan, Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations

Steve Ouma Akoth, Human Rights and Governance Expert, Kenya

Matsepo Anna Lehlokoana, Organizer, Lesotho Clothing and Allied Workers Union

June Hartley, Activist and International Labor Rights Expert, South Africa

Jeff Vogt, Global Economic Policy Specialist, AFL-CIO

Jayme White, Legislative Director, Office of Congressman Jim McDermott

Carol Pier, Senior Labor Rights and Trade Researcher, Human Rights Watch

Peter Bakvis, Director Washington DC Office, International Trade Union Confederation

Kimberly Ann Elliot, Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development

Dan Henkle, Senior Vice President, Social Responsibility, Gap Inc.

Mark Levinson, Chief Economist and Director of Policy, UNITE-HERE


Tony Avirgan, Organizer, Global Policy Network

Bama Athreya, Executive Director, International Labor Rights Forum


Audio and other materials from this conference  are now available.

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