Can The Staff Express Opinions?
A: Yes. The staff of the
Global Business Dialogue is free to participate in the general
public discussion of trade policy and the global economy. They do so
primarily through through the (Almost) Daily TTALK Quotes, through
letters and editorials in GBD publications, and occasionally in
speeches. Any opinion expressed in a GBD publication or by a member
of the GBD staff is that of the author or others as attributed.
GBD is an organization in which both the members and the staff speak
for themselves. It has no formal collective views.
Q7: What Role Do GBD
A: Public meetings – GBD Colloquiums – have
been central to the GBD work program from the beginning. Most of
these are 90-minute programs focusing on particular aspects of trade
and investment, though occasionally GBD organizes much larger
events. Recent programs have dealt with China’s Industrial Policy
and the Trade Laws, Cap and Trade, the Doha Round, and new Buy
American provisions in U.S. law.
Over the years, speakers at GBD events have included Mrs.
Anson Chan of Hong Kong, former EU Trade Commissioner
Pascal Lamy, India’s former Commerce Secretary
S.N. Menon, the Chairman of the Senate Finance
Committee and the Ranking member, respectively Senator Max
Baucus (D MT) and Senator Charles Grassley
Not all GBD events are in Washington. GBD organized events for the
global business community at the WTO Ministerials in Doha, 2001, in
Cancún, 2003, and in Hong Kong, 2005. GBD has also organized events
at the WTO’s Public Forum in Geneva.
Q8: What are the GBD Web Sites?
A: There are two GBD websites: This one,
www.gbdinc.org, and its companion site, www.ttalk.biz. are tools for
accomplishing that task, two of them anyway. On this site,
www.gbdinc.org, you will find:
GBDINC.ORG You will find:
- How to Join,
- A List of Members,
- This FAQ portrait of GBD,
- Other Background materials on GBD,
notably the GBD price list.
- The GBD calendar,
- A List of Past GBD Events, and
- Contact Information.
YOU WILL FIND:
- TTALK Quotes from the
Global Business Dialogue. These are published (almost) daily
from January through the end of July weekly from August 1
through Labor Day;
- GBD Event Notices. These are notices for upcoming events.
Information on completed events is published on
- The GBD Notebook, the newsletter of
the Global Business Dialogue, and
- Flyers for Upcoming GBD Events.
In addition, TTALK.BIZ also contains
- Policy Pages on selected
issues, including the Doha Round, the Food Crisis, and Buy
The two sites are
cross-linked and regularly updated.