ARTNeT Advisor: Trade Facilitation
Mr. Florian Alburo is President of the Center for the Advancement of Trade Integration and Facilitation (CATIF); Professorial Lecturer of Economics; University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City; Team Leader European Union Trade-Related Technical Assistance Project; Fellow, Center for Internet Studies, Institute for International Policy at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington U.S.A.; and Advisor on Trade Facilitation of the Asia-Pacific Research and Training Network on Trade (ARTNeT), United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) in Thailand. He has over two decades professional and managerial experience on international trade and finance, investment and development policy administration as senior government policy maker, project director of programs and projects, leader of consulting teams, and independent consultant to international organizations and private sector. His previous experiences include Deputy Minister of Socio-Economic Planning and Deputy Director-General of the National Economic and Development Authority; Trade Specialist of the Greater-Mekong Sub-Region of Asian Development Bank; Panel Member Pacific Economic Outlook, Pacific Economic Cooperation Council; Team Leader, Development Alternatives, Inc., Team Leader, United Nations Development Program; and many others. Dr. Alburo has written in professional journals, opinion pages of newspapers, and edited publications, singly, or in collaboration with economists, sociologists, other social scientists. He has over 100 papers and publications, received grants, awards including Outstanding Publication from the National Academy of Science and Technology, travel and study grants from foundations, and was a candidate in the World Bank’s Young Professional Program. He has Ph.D. and M.A. in Economics.