ECDPM. 2012. GREAT Insights, Volume 1, Issue 6. August 2012. Maastricht: ECDPM.
By San Bilal
True: trade can bring about development. But the path from trade to inclusive and sustainable growth, and ultimately to development, can be a tortuous one, full of obstacles and pitfalls. Moreover, in the words of Dani Rodrik, if there is one economics, …
27 September 2012: 10 Years of EPA Negotiations. From Misconception and mismanagement to failure
By Marc Maes
Even if the EU continues to insist that its concept of economic partnership agreements (EPAs) was and is the right one, and ACP countries continue to repeat their commitment to a development friendly outcome , …
The East African Integration: Achievements and Challenges
By Abdullah Makame
The formation of the East African Community (EAC) in 1999 by the United Republic of Tanzania, the Republic of Kenya and the Republic of Uganda was the achievement of the trio’s cooperation since the collapse of the original EAC in 1977. The enthusiasm …
Market Integration and Border Effects in Eastern Africa
By Bruno Versailles
Trading in East Africa can be difficult, both within and between countries. Between countries, the establishment of a customs union between the members of the East African Community (EAC) in 2007, implies that, in principle, there should not be any impediments …
The Next Decade of EU trade Policy: Confronting Global Challenges?
By Dirk Willem te Velde
On 27 January 2012, the European Commission published a Communication ‘Trade, Growth and Development: Tailoring trade and investment policy for those countries most in need’. It is the first on the topic since 2002, and is intended to …
Export Diversification in the CFA Franc Zone: Degree, Sophistication and Dynamics
By Christophe Cottet, Nicole Madariaga and Nicolas Jégou
Sub-Saharan Africa has recorded strong economic growth since the early 2000s. Is this only the result of a catching up process following decades of structural adjustment or is it an indication of deeper structural changes?
EU Sugar Reform in 2015: Cost Competitiveness for Whose Benefit?
By Ben Richardson
Proposals to end internal sugar quotas would likely jeopardise jobs in the cane and beet industries and concentrate rents among multinational food and drink manufacturers. Any accompanying aid for developing country exporters would need to be done differently …
Inclusion of Aid for Trade in Trade Policy Reviews: Strengthening Value of Development Instruments for LDCs (and developing countries)
By Raymond Saner, Lichia Yiu and Mario Filadoro
A fundamental activity of the WTO work is on-going surveillance of national trade policies. The Trade Policy Review (TPR) Mechanism ensures that all WTO Members are reviewed and assessed with the intent …
Trade in Services: Combining International, Regional and National Endeavours
By Anna Rosengren
Global trade in services has grown exponentially in the last decades, covering a full range of areas such as health, education, transport, telecommunication, construction, financial services, retail distribution and culture…
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