Commonwealth Trade Review 2015

The Commonwealth in the Unfolding Global Trade Landscape: Prospects, Priorities, Perspectives

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Fundamental changes are taking place in the global trade landscape, and the Commonwealth, with its diverse membership, is adapting to and coming to terms with these changes. This shifting landscape offers tremendous potential for Commonwealth countries to expand their trade – both between members and their overall trade. Although it is not a trading bloc, member countries can also take advantage of and leverage the Commonwealth for greater gains, while focusing on several broader priorities to improve their trade performance.

Commonwealth countries offer insightful perspectives on topical issues that can contribute to promoting the role of trade in development. This Commonwealth Trade Review addresses these issues in four parts:

Part 1 – The Commonwealth in a changing global trade landscape

Part 2 – Intra-Commonwealth trade: emerging dynamics and opportunities

Part 3 – Unleashing the trade potential: priorities for the Commonwealth

Part 4 – Perspectives on topical issues in trade



Foreword and acknowledgements

Trade is the lifeblood of the Commonwealth, serving as it does as a major contributor to output, growth, employment and livelihoods for all of our 53 member countries. This centrality is reflected regularly by the Commonwealth Heads of Government, most recently in the 2013 Kotte Statement on International Trade and Investment.


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