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Prof. Ha-Joon Chang Addresses Tunis-based Development Community on the Economic History of the Developed World

Event location: 
Tunis, Tunisia

The African Development Bank (AfDB) Group will, on February 26, 2009, hold a conference on the theme : “Economic History of the Developed World : Lessons for Africa” to be addressed by Cambridge University Professor, Ha-Joon Chang, from 10am to noon at the Laicos Hotel in Tunis, Tunisia.

The conference is part of the AfDB’s Eminent Speakers Series which is periodically organized to share knowledge on the continent on key economic development issues. Prof. Chang will focus on a series of important topics such as the transposition of experiences by developed countries to developing countries.

“If the policies and institutions that rich countries are recommending to poor countries are suitable and appropriate, one would expect that growth and development would be the rule, rather than the exception, during the last three decades when developed countries started turning on the pressure on developing countries to adopt the so-called “global standard” policies and institutions,” Prof. Chang once asked.

He is also expected to focus on the issue of bilateral and multilateral financial aid to developing countries, conventional development revenues, WTO regulations, laws on intellectual propriety rights, the design of appropriate institutions and policies capable of expanding trade and investment.

Mr. Ha-Joon Chang is a professor at the Faculty of Economics in Cambridge University. He is a winner of the 2003 Myrdal Prize, awarded to his book, Kicking Away the Ladder, by the European Association for Evolutionary Political Economy (EAEPE) and a winner (jointly with Richard Nelson of Columbia University) of the 2005 Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought awarded by Tufts University.