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.


Women's Economic Empowerment and WTO Trade Negotiations

Potential Implications for LDC, SVEs and SSA Countries

This Trade Hot Topic explores the possibility of incorporating gender issues into multilateral trade negotiations at the WTO, as well as discussing the likely implications for least developed countries (LDCs), small, vulnerable economies (SVEs) and sub-Saharan African (SSA) countries. It also suggests that LDCs, SVEs and SSA countries conduct ex-ante assessments, which will provide them with a clear way forward in relation to fashioning appropriate responses and meaningfully participating in trade and gender activities at the WTO as and when they arise.


Keywords: gender, WTO, least developed countries, trade
JEL: F13: International Economics / Trade / Trade Policy; International Trade Organizations; O19: Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth / Economic Development / International Linkages to Development; Role of International Organizations
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