Commodity Trading and Development – Live Policy Debate

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Organised by the journal International Development Policy (DevPol)

The live debate focuses on commodity trading. While this sector has become of strategic importance to Switzerland’s economy, it also entails a number of risks. Swiss development cooperation focuses on several resource-rich countries, whose mineral and agricultural commodities are traded via Switzerland. Being a top trading hub, how can Switzerland assist these countries to reap the benefits of their natural resource wealth?


Werner Thut, Senior Policy Advisor at the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC, Analysis & Policy Division)
Humberto Campodónico, Principal Professor of the Faculty of Economics at the National University of San Marcos, Lima, Peru
Stéphane Graber, Secretary General, Swiss Trading and Shipping Association (STSA)

Followed by discussions with the floor and online.

Introduction and Moderation:

Gilles Carbonnier, Professor, Graduate Institute | Editor-in chief, International Development Policy

The live debate draws on the policy debate published by DevPol (

Read the e-debate with inputs by Werner Thut (SDC), Alexandra Gillies (Revenue Watch Institute), Humberto Campodónico (National University of San Marcos) and Stéphane Graber (Swiss Trading and Shipping Association):

The Policy Debate Blog