Commonwealth Trade Hot Topics

The Trade Hot Topics series provides concise and informative analyses of various trade and trade-related issues which are prepared both by Commonwealth Secretariat and international experts.


The Changing Global Trade Architecture

Implications for Sub-Saharan Africa's Development

This issue of Commonwealth Trade Hot Topics explores questions around the changing global trading architecture over the past 15 years. It examines how these changes have impacted on Africa’s economic development and the nature of trading relations with its traditional developed country partners, the European Union, the UK and the USA, and its main developing country partner, China. It also examines the implications of ‘Brexit’ - the UK's departure from the European Union - and offers some policy recommendations for African policy-makers and trade negotiators.


Keywords: WTO Doha Round, Africa’s Economic Partnership Agreements, Brexit, African Growth and Opportunity Act, Africa, world trade, Chinese trade with Africa
JEL: F15: International Economics / Trade / Economic Integration; F01: International Economics / General / Global Outlook; F13: International Economics / Trade / Trade Policy; International Trade Organizations
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