2005 Annual Research to Policy Conference- Trade and Health: Policy Coherence for Human Development

2005 Conferece

Institute for Health and Social Policy
McGill University
Montréal, Canada, October 5 - 7, 2005

18:00 - 20:00 Welcoming reception

Jody Heymann, McGill University
Douglas George, International Trade Canada
Carla Gilders, Health Canada

7:30 - 08:45 Continental Breakfast and Gathering for the Day

8:45 - 9:30 Opening Session
Nick Drager (WHO), Jody Heymann (McGill University) and Chantal Blouin (NSI)

9:30 - 10:15
Issues in policy coherence: Access to pharmaceutical drugs

Panel 1: The use of flexibilities in the implementation of TRIPS in Latin America
Speaker: Carlos Correa (Universidad de Buenos Aires)

TRIPs Plus in the Thailand-United States Agreement: Implications for access to drugs
Speaker: Suwit Wibulpolprasert (Thailand Ministry of Health)

10:15-10:30 BREAK

Panel 1 (cont.): Canada: The experience with Bill C-9
Speaker: Eric Dagenais (Industry Canada)

Discussant: Mark Warner, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin

12:00-13:00 LUNCH

Issues in policy coherence: Trade in health services and food safety

Panel 2: Making trade in health services work to improve the health of the poor: Regulation of foreign investment in health care facilities in Thailand
Speaker: Cha-aim Pachanee (Thailand Ministry of Public Health)

Trade policy and health human resources planning: Can trade agreements be instruments of managed migration?
Speaker: Rupa Chanda (Indian Institute of Management Bangalore)

Ethical dimensions of trade in health services
Speaker: Anne Andermann (McGill University)

United States: Coordinating trade and health policy coherence in food safety
Speaker: John Jones (United States Food and Drug Administration)

Discussants: Maryse Robert (Organisation of American States)

15:00-15:15 BREAK

Panel 3: Social determinants of health
The role of labour policy in achieving coherence between trade policy and health objectives
Speaker: Alison Earle (Harvard University)

The impact of trade agreements on the capacity to address poverty, inequality and health
Speaker: Nancy Ross (McGill University)

Discussant: Margaret Hilson, Canadian Public Health Association

Panel 4: Achieving policy coherence
Policy coherence — foreign affairs, trade and health
Speaker: David Fidler (Indiana University)

How to measure policy coherence and track its progress?
Speakers: Bijit Bora (WTO)
Discussant: Suwit Wibulpolprasert

17:15 - 17:30
Summing-up Day one: Nick Drager (WHO), Jody Heymann (McGill University)

19:00 McGill University Dinner & Discussion
Identifying Emerging Issues
Faculty Club, McGill University

DAY 2: Friday, October 7, 2005

07:30 - 9:00 Continental Breakfast and Gathering for the Day

8:30 - 10:30
Trade and health policy coherence at the national level
Panel 5: The experience from Malaysia
Speaker: Nik Noraihan Thani (Ministry of Public Health- Malaysia)

Lessons from policy coherence on trade and development
Speaker: Elisabeth Tuerk (UNCTAD)

The role of civil society in achieving coherence in trade and health: Cases in South Africa and Sri Lanka
Speaker: Chantal Blouin (The North-South Institute)

Discussant: Anabel Gonzalez, Academia de Centroamérica

10:30 -10:45 BREAK

10:45 - 12:30
Trade and health coherence at the regional level

Panel 6: The motivations and implications of liberalization of health services in the ASEAN context
Speaker: Cha-aim Pachanee (Thailand Ministry of Public Health)

Coherence in regional trade agreements: The Case of US-CAFTA
Speaker: Johanna von Braun (International Center on Trade and Sustainable Development)

Coherence in formulating trade and health policies: Experiences from the Eastern and Southern African Region
Speaker: Chawe Mpande-Chuulu (COMESA)

Discussant: Pablo Rodas Martini, ASIES, Guatemala

12:30 - 13:30 LUNCH

Keynote speaker: Stephen Wallace, Vice-President, Policy Branch, CIDA

13:30 - 14:30
Trade and health coherence at the global level
Panel 7: Negotiating across boundaries: What skills and tools health policy makers need to promote health in a globalised world?
Speaker: Diana Chigas (Fletcher School of Diplomacy)

Policy coherence: Trade rules and health related MDGs
Speaker: Bijit Bora (WTO)

Discussant: Mark Warner

14:30-14:45 BREAK

Panel 7 (cont.) Policy coherence at the global level: The WTO and WHO
Speaker: Nick Drager (WHO)

Report back on Inputs into 2006-2007 WHO Globalization, Trade & Health Work Programme
Speaker: Chris Rosene (CPHA)

16:30 - 17:00
Closing Session: Chantal Blouin (NSI), Nick Drager (WHO), Jody Heymann (McGill University)

This expert's meeting is receiving financial support from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Health Canada, International Trade Canada and the World Health Organisation (WHO).