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Engaging trade institutions: Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndungane to speak at WTO symposium 20 April, 11:00-13:00 Centre William Rappard, 154 rue de Lausanne, Geneva

06 April 2005

Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndungane, archbishop of Cape Town, is invited by the World Trade Organization (WTO) to speak at a high-level session at the opening of its public symposium on 20 April, 11:00-13:00 at the Centre William Rappard, 154 rue de Lausanne, Geneva, Switzerland.

He will be addressing the session theme on the WTO's institutional challenges as a spokesperson for the "Trade for People Campaign" of the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance (EAA).

Other speakers on the panel include:

· KIM Hyun-chong - minister for trade, Republic of Korea

· Peter Sutherland - former GATT & WTO director-general

· Renato Ruggiero - former WTO director-general

· James Bacchus - former member WTO Appellate Body; chairman trade practice group, Greenberg Traurig

Afsane Bassir-Pour, Geneva correspondent, Le Monde, will moderate the panel.

Archbishop Ndungane's presence follows the presentation of the "Trade for People" petition by religious leaders to WTO officials on 13 April.

The WTO's public symposium is an annual event. The theme this year is: "WTO after 10 years: global problems and multilateral solutions", and will be held 20-22 April 2005.

Information for the media:

Archbishop Ndungane is available for interviews on 19 April, and for short interviews immediately following his presentation on 20 April. To request an interview, contact Sara Speicher/Jean Blaylock, email: media@e-alliance.ch, phone: +41 (0)22 791 6359, mobile phone: +41 (0)76 508 3850.

Information about the WTO public symposium can be found at:

www.wto.org/english/news_e/events_e/symp05_e/symposium_2005_e.htm

The WTO has an online newsroom available for accredited journalists at:

www.wto.org/english/forums_e/media_e/media_e.htm

For biographical information on Archbishop Ndungane and information on the Trade for People Campaign, see: www.e-alliance.ch/trade_ndungane.jsp

The Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance is a broad international network of churches and Christian organizations cooperating in advocacy on global trade and HIV and AIDS. The Alliance is based in Geneva, Switzerland. For more information, see www.e-alliance.ch