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Volume 2, Issue 8 (November 2013) The Multiple Dimensions of the Trade and Development Nexus

November 2013

ECDPM. 2013. GREAT Insights, Volume 2, Issue 8. November 2013. Maastricht: ECDPM.

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By San Bilal
The 9th Ministerial conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Bali on 3-6 December 2013 will once more attempt to push the trade and development nexus high on the … 

International Trade and Development Nexus
By Mukhisa Kituyi
The year 2014 will be significant in a number of respects. It will mark the penultimate year of the United Nations (UN) Millennium Development Goals and possibly the launch of a …

A World to Gain: Going Faster and Further in Development
By Lilianne Ploumen
This article by the Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation offers various insights into the merits and limits of international trade and development and the …

Supporting Supply Chain Trade
By Bernard Hoekman
Supply chain trade has helped many countries expand manufacturing activities, but many others have largely been left out. Redesigning domestic policy formation processes and … 

World Trade Organization

The Impact of Trade Facilitation on Developing Countries
By Evdokia Moïsé
Trade facilitation measures currently negotiated in the WTO can bring a welcome boost to the world economy, reducing the costs of trading by 14% to 16% in the case of developing .. 

WTO Retaliation Rights for Developing Countries
By Lorand Bartels
It has been obvious for a long time that small developing countries are unable to force larger trading partners to comply with their World Trade Organization (WTO) obligations. The … 

WTO Rules: How Could the G-33 Proposal Affect Food Security?
By Jonathan Hepburn and Christophe Bellmann
In November 2012, a group of developing countries tabled an informal proposal at the World Trade Organization (WTO), seeking additional flexibility in the global trade body’s rules …

The Right to Trade
By Emily Jones
What would it take to revitalise and rebalance the World Trade Organization? This article sets out to and critically appraises recent ambitious and innovative proposals by Joseph Stiglitz and Andrew Charlton … 

International Trade Agreements

Potential Effects of EU-US Economic Integration
By Jim Rollo et al.
This paper is based on a report commissioned by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) from the Centre for the Analysis of Regional Integration at Sussex …

EPAs: Will Europe and Africa Avoid a Diplomatic Tragedy?
By San Bilal and Isabelle Ramdoo
During the last CARICOM Heads of Government meeting held in Trinidad & Tobago last July, President Danilo Medina of the Dominican Republic reiterated the request of his country to …

Preserving Policy Space
By Africa Kiiza
The role of the state in the economy has always been a controversial issue in public debate. It has become more so with the rise of the neo-liberal paradigm that preaches the virtues …

Regional Trade Integration, Social Dimensions, Trade and Development

Initial Reflections on the ECOWAS Common External Tariff
By Quentin de Roquefeuil
West Africa has just put the final touches to its Common External Tariff (CET), set to come into force in January 2015. This should allow it to become a full-fledged Customs Union …

The Role of Policy and Regulation in Boosting Intra-Africa Trade
By Peter Kiuluku and Caiphas Chekwoti
Regional markets provide a learning-by-doing platform for nascent and less competitive companies. This paper reviews …

Economic Integration is for Development in Africa
By Francis Mangeni
“I am African” is a slogan the African Union (AU) has adopted to promote ownership of the continental integration programs and institutions among the people, especially children and the … 

Trade is a Key Ingredient in Changing Farmers’ Lives
By Stevenson Nzaramba
Trade has been integral to the strategies for increasing agriculture productivity and also a key pillar in most of the governments’ approach to development as reflected in …

Trade, Labour and Socio-Economic Dimensions
By Marion Jansen
Increased availability of information and tools on how to seize opportunities while addressing the challenges arising from trade opening make it easier for developing countries to manage … 

Supply Chains and the Private Governance of Labour Rights
By Axel Marx and Jan Wouters 
Private international labour governance has emerged as an important instrument to govern transnational supply chains. It has made a difference. However, this contribution argues that …

Trade-Financing Facilities
By Ana María Alvarez
There have been several efforts from the international community to counteract the effects of the global financial crisis; firms operating in developing countries, which rely … 

Delivering Sustainable support to Trade Policy Making
By Nick Charalambides and Armin Lalui
This note outlines the approach taken by the Long Term Technical Assistance (LTTA) of Trade Mark East Africa (TMEA), implemented by Imani Development, within the … 

Establishing a Framework for Trade Policy in South Sudan
By Constantine Bartel
Newly independent post-conflict South Sudan still has a long way to go even just to reach the starting line of the liberalisation race. Although it has only just celebrated its second … 

The Curious Case of Environmental Standards and its Trade Impact
By Archana Jatkar
This article reveals the dichotomy of environmental standards and eco-labels in the global textile market. Whereas on the one hand, the labels provide necessary information and guideline … 

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