Senior EU and UNCTAD consultant on development projects. Adjunct Professor of International Economics and Development Cooperation, Turin University.

Who is Francesco Abbate

Present position

Senior consultant for the European Commission and UNCTAD on formulation, implementation and evaluation of development projects in Africa, Asia, and Latin America and Caribbean, especially in the areas of international and regional trade policies, trade development and foreign direct investment.


Previous positions

  • United Nations System Staff College, Turin.

    • Principal Officer; coordinator of training programmes for UN system officials on national development strategies, multilateral trade liberalization, foreign direct investment.

  • United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Geneva.

    • Acting Director of the Trade Division; coordinator of policy-oriented and technical assistance work on WTO negotiations, accession to WTO, regional trade integration, preferential tariff schemes for developing countries, competition policy, trade and environment.

    • Chief, Development Finance Branch; promoter of initiatives for the reduction of developing country debt; UNCTAD representative at the Paris Club.

    • Senior Economist, Commodities Division; one of the key architects of the Common Fund for Commodities.

  • World Bank, Washington, D.C.

    • Economist and Senior Economist, Latin America and Caribbean Region; chief and member of economic missions to Brazil, Caribbean Community, Paraguay, Peru and Venezuela.

  • Adjunct Professor of International Economics and Development Cooperation, University of Turin.

  • Adjunct Professor of International Economics, University of Insubria, Italy.


Other academic and professional activities

  • Visiting Research Fellow, Brown University, USA.

  • Visiting Professor, Bocconi University, Milan.

  • Lecturer, ILO International Training Centre, Turin.

  • Lecturer, Higher School of Public Administration, Rome.

  • Consultant for the City of Turin and Italian NGOs on local development projects.


Selected publications

  • Co-author of Impact assessment of ASEAN-Korea FTA on Vietnam’s economy, MUTRAP III, Hanoi, Vietnam, 2010.

  • The social impact of Vietnam’s accession to WTO” in Comprehensive evaluation of the impact of increased key imports-exports and regulatory changes resulting from Vietnam’s WTO membership, C. Dordi et al, MUTRAP II, Hanoi, Vietnam, 2008.

  • Supporting the Ministry of Industry and Trade to assume the coordinating role in Trans-regional EU-ASEAN Trade Initiative (TREATI), MUTRAP II, Hanoi, Vietnam, 2008.

  • Asia Trust Fund – Mid-Term Review, International Trade Centre, 2006.

  • Competitiveness in Central and Eastern European countries: a comparative analysis” in Production structure, competitiveness and growth in transition countries, CIRPET, 2004 (in Italian).

  • Surmonter la marginalisation: l’impératif du Mali, UNCTAD-UNDP, 2002.

  • L'intégration de la Tunisie dans l'économie mondiale: opportunités et défis, UNCTAD-UNDP, 2001.

  • Enhancing the international competitiveness of St. Lucia's manufacturing sector: challenges and policy options, Government of St. Lucia, 2000.

  • Co-author of "Atrasos de los paises de America latina con los acreedores del Club de Paris: problemas y opciones" in Moratoria de la deuda en América Latina, O. Altimir and R. Devlin (eds.), Fondo de Cultura Economica, 1994.

  • Co-author of “Official Debt Reduction: Toronto Terms, Trinidad Terms, and Netherlands Initiative” in Policies for African Development, I. G. Patel (ed.), International Monetary Fund, 1992.


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