Presentation of the World Development Report 2020, 18.11.2019

In collaboration with SECO, the World Bank will present its yearly flagship report in Bern on 18 November 2019. The World Development Report 2020 examines how Global Value Chains contribute to poverty reduction, it confirms trade as an engine for development and highlights new challenges.  

International trade expanded rapidly after 1990, powered by the rise of global value chains (GVCs). This enabled an unprecedented development: poor countries grew faster and began to catch up with richer countries. More than 1 billion people escaped poverty as a result.

However, it can no longer be taken for granted that trade will remain the force for prosperity. Potentially serious threats have emerged to the successful model of labor intensive, trade-led growth. Therefore, the newest World Development Report 2020 by the World Bank examines how GVCs contribute to development and inquires if there still is a path to development through GVCs for developing countries.   

To present the important findings of the World Development Report’s newest edition titled: «Trading for Development in the Age of Global Value Chains» and to discuss this question, SECO and the World Bank are hosting an event on 18 November 2019 from 14:15-18:00 in Bern.

Secretary of State Marie-Gabrielle Ineichen-Fleisch will welcome the participants and the Co-Director of the Report, Aaditya Mattoo, will present the report’s findings. The presentation will be followed by a panel discussion with:

  • Daria Taglioni, Manager WDR, World Bank,
  • Dionys Forster, Raw Material Sourcing Lead, Nestlé SA, and
  • Miges Baumann, Development Policy / Climate 2030, Bread for all.

The panel will be moderated by Monica Rubiolo, Head Trade Promotion, Economic Development and Cooperation, SECO. Ambassador Christian Frutiger, SDC, will conclude the event. An Apéro riche will allow for deeper discussions among participants.

The event will be held in English.

Date and Location

Monday, 18 November 2019, 14:15-18:00
Swiss Alpine Museum, Helvetiaplatz 4, 3005 Bern


For questions please contact SECO.

Last modification 06.01.2020

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