The urgency and the opportunities for developing countries ”


As trade exacerbates climate change, it is also a central part of the solution as it has the potential to improve mitigation and adaptation. The Link Between Trade and Climate Change: Urgency and Opportunities for Developing Countries explores the different ways in which trade and climate change intersect. Trade contributes to the emissions that cause global warming and is itself also affected by climate change due to changing comparative advantages. The report also confronts several myths about trade and climate change. The report focuses on the impacts and adjustments to climate change in developing countries and how future business opportunities will be affected by both climate change and the policy responses to address it. The report explains how trade can provide the goods and services that drive mitigation and adaptation. It also discusses how climate change creates immense challenges for developing countries, but also new opportunities to promote trade diversification in the transition to a low carbon world. Appropriate trade and environmental policies can provide effective economic incentives to achieve both sustainable growth and poverty reduction.

During this seminar, Paul Brenton, Chief Economist, Trade and Regional Integration Unit, and Vicky Chemutai, Young Professional, Trade and Regional Integration Unit, will discuss the main points of the report. This seminar will be held in English (no interpretation into Japanese).

Date hour :

8 am-9am, Friday December 10, 2021 (Japan Standard Time)

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Paul brenton
Chief Economist, Trade and Regional Integration Unit, World Bank

Paul Brenton is a Senior Economist in the Global Macroeconomics, Trade and Investment Practice of the World Bank. It focuses on analytical and operational work on trade and regional integration. He is currently working on issues such as small-scale cross-border trade in Africa, trade and climate change, and regional integration in the Horn of Africa.

Vicky Chemutai
Young Professionals Unit, Trade and Regional Integration, World Bank

Vicky Chemutai from Uganda is currently an ET Consultant with the Trade and Regional Integration Unit, MTI. Her area of ​​interest is the analysis of the dynamics of international trade and its interactions with global issues which include, among others, climate and gender concerns. His passion is to find the right solutions to global ills, especially those that have negative implications for the marginalized in the least developed countries, as well as to increase trade and investment opportunities while fostering inclusion and durability. She has development experience spanning: i) the public sector in a few Ugandan government agencies, ie health, social security and central bank; ii) the private sector as the founder of several small-scale enterprises; and, iii) the international development sector focusing on the formulation and implementation of trade policy at the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the World Bank Group (WBG). Before joining the WBG, she was jr. Trade Policy Analyst in the Accessions Division of the WTO, as well as Associate Lecturer at the International University of Geneva (IUG) in the areas of trade and statistics. She is the co-author of publications in the field of trade policy and its impacts on the development of countries. She holds an MA in International Trade Policy and Commercial Law from Lund University (Sweden); a post-graduate degree in international trade policy and trade law and several certificates in international trade and development from the Africa Trade Policy Training Center (TRAPCA) (Tanzania); and a BSc in Quantitative Economics from Makerere University (Uganda).

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