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International Workshop: "Financial Crash, Food Speculation & Development”

17.11.2008: Church Development Service(an Association of the Protestant Churches in Germany) and WEED - World Economy, Ecology & Development Assoc. invites you to: International Workshop "Financial Crash, Food Speculation & Development” 17th November 2008, Berlin.

We expect interesting speakers, such as the former chief economist the UNCTAD, Yilmaz Akyüz, Kavaljith Singh from India and other experts.

Place: Dietrich Bonhoeffer Haus, Ziegelstraße 30, Berlin

Attached you find the programme, practical hints and the registration form.

For registration and organisational questions please contact

Laura Valentukeviciute
Phone: 030-28044820
Fax: +49-(0)30-275 96 928
Mobile: 0176-23320373


10:30 h Welcome Peter Lanzet, Church Development Service, EED

11:00 Financial markets, crisis & Development - Introduction
Input: Peter Wahl, WEED

11:30 The Effects of the Financial Crash on the Developing Countries
Input: Yilmaz Akjüz, former chief economist of UNCTAD

12:30 Lunch Break

13:30 Trade in commodity derivatives - a technical insight
Input: Ian Dudden, Commodity derivatives group at LIFE/EuroNext (t.b.c.)

14:30 Speculation and Food Price Hike
Input: Stephan Schulmeister, Austrian Institute of Economic Research - WIFO

15:30 Coffee break

16:00 The Role of Hedgefunds and other Institutional Investors in Developing Countries - The case of India
Input: Kavaljith Singh; Public Interest Research Group, New Delhi

16:45Towards a developmentally friendly regulation of financial markets
Inputs: Yilmaz Akyüz

17:30 h Closing