International Trade Working Paper

The International Trade Working Paper series promptly documents and disseminates reviews, analytical work and think-pieces to facilitate the exchange of ideas and to stimulate debates and discussions on issues that are of interest to developing countries in general and Commonwealth members in particular. The issues considered in the papers may be evolving in nature, leading to further work and refinement at a later stage.


Fostering Development of Local Communities Through the Protection of Traditional Knowledge and Origin Products

This paper is focused on the protection of traditional knowledge (TK), including origin products, as a means of fostering the development of local communities in developing countries. Based on case studies, it also proposes a methodological approach for structuring and organising foreign aid delivery and other forms of international support for better impact on the ground. Conclusions are made on the need to strengthen international, regional and national protective legal systems and political freedoms while at the same time providing an appropriate level of developmental support in the establishment of ‘economic facilities’, ‘transparency guarantees’ and ‘social opportunities’, including value chain upgrading and well-designed technical assistance and organised and targeted foreign aid delivery.


Keywords: social opportunities, transparency guarantees, intellectual property rights, foreign aid, economic facilities, benefit sharing, development as freedom, traditional knowledge, geographical indications, protective security
JEL: F16: International Economics / Trade / Trade and Labor Market Interactions; O13: Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth / Economic Development / Economic Development: Agriculture; Natural Resources; Energy; Environment; Other Primary Products; F13: International Economics / Trade / Trade Policy; International Trade Organizations
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