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GFDD and FUNGLODE Present Fellow Program Candidate Findings at UN Headquarters

New York, October 9, 2013

On Thursday, October 17, 2013, in honor of the United Nations International Day of Eradication of Poverty, Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD) and its sister organization in the Dominican Republic Fundación Global Democracia y Desarrollo (FUNGLODE) in collaboration with the Dominican Republic Mission to the UN, will organize a Panel Discussion and Publication Launch entitled: "Local Capacity Development: The Key to Benefiting from Globalization and Reducing Unemployment in the Dominican Republic".

This panel presentation and publication launch, which will take place 1:15 - 2:30 pm at UN Headquarters, North Lawn Building, Conference Room 6, highlights the work and fellowship of GFDD's most recent Fellow’s Program scholar, José Caraballo Cueto, Ph.D, and will present his findings about why a systematic national plan for stimulating local capacity is central to enhanced global market competitiveness and reduced unemployment within the Dominican Republic.

In the course of the presentation, Mr. Caraballo will analyze how the country can maximize gains associated with the global market by expanding native productive capacity through entrepreneurial activity, from the creation of micro-businesses to the establishment of large-scale firms. José will refer to the economic success in countries like Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong, that had achieved through the development of world class companies. His study will also assess the multiplier effect of native exports versus that of free zone exports.

Welcome remarks will be made by Yamile Eusebio, Director of New York office, Global Foundation for Democracy and Development, who will make the opening remarks and introduce the panel with the participation of José Caraballo Cueto, Ph.D., candidate in Economics at The New School for Social Research and GFDD/FUNGLODE Fellow; Ambassador Luis Lithgow, Permanent Mission of the Dominican Republic to the UN; Andrés Van der Horst, Minister and Executive Director, National Council of Competitiveness from DR.

The moderation will be in charge of Mandy Sciacchitano, InteRDom and Fellows Program Manager from GFDD.

RSVP is mandatory. For those without UN passes, tickets to the special side event will be made available on Thursday, October 17, from 12 - 12:30pm on 47th and First Ave. (UN North Lawn Building Entrance).

For more information and to RSVP, please contact Margaret Hayward, Communications and Outreach Manager margaret@globalfoundationdd.org

About The Fellows Program
The Fellows Program, an extension of the internship and academic exchange program InteRDom, was developed in 2009 to respond to the desire of GFDD and FUNGLODE to develop a community of scholars that contributes to the Foundations’ growing body of research on matters of international concern that directly impact the Dominican Republic, complementing the overall mission of GFDD and FUNGLODE to promote academic exchange, generate scholarship, and influence the creation of public policy related to economic and social development both at the national and international level.

Through The Fellows Program, GFDD and FUNGLODE seek to generate scholarship on issues at the forefront of the United Nations’ agenda in order to give voice to national and regional concerns and offer viable solutions to domestic and international challenges.

The Fellows Program provides opportunities for M.S., M.A. and Ph.D. candidates interested in conducting high-level research in the Dominican Republic on issues related to sustainable development. The final output of the investigation is a comprehensive report which includes empirical data. Fellows realize research in coordination with GFDD and FUNGLODE staff, National Advisor and their university professors.

Fellows that carry-out exemplary work have the opportunity to present their findings before the United Nations community on behalf of GFDD and FUNGLODE.

About GFDD and FUNGLODE at the UN
FUNGLODE and GFDD, through their programs and initiatives, are dedicated to promoting issues at the forefront of the United Nations’ agenda, raising awareness of the United Nations’ work and encouraging the participation of their audience in the Dominican Republic, the US and around the world in UN-related activities.

www.drfellowsprogram.org