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This paper considers in detail the various factors that drive competitiveness in services, a critical but often overlooked part of the global value chain, and the policy levers available to influence them. Services play a key role in enabling the...
The trade relationship between India and Pakistan is considered to be one of the most important determinants of the South Asian regional integration initiative. There have been several initiatives taken by India and Pakistan for strengthening...
This issue of Commonwealth Trade Hot Topics examines how the sustainable development goals (SDGs) that will be adopted in 2015 can better reflect the trade and development-related needs of least developed countries (LDCs) and small island states such...
This issue of Commonwealth Trade Hot Topics examines several aspects of the so-called ‘single undertaking’ principle of WTO negotiations subject to possible ‘early agreements’. The first section focuses on the nature of these ‘early agreements’ and...
This issue of Commonwealth Trade Hot Topics explores whether agricultural subsidies grouped under the 'green box' (GB) category cause production and trade distortions. It reports the extent to which GB subsidies have increased over time in the...
This paper provides the first specific evaluation of the participation of Commonwealth small states and LDCs in WTO dispute settlement. Despite these countries’ small shares of global trade, the paper queries whether their current limited...
This paper reflects on small and poor developing countries’ needs from a multilateral trading system. Having recognised the importance of the WTO in ensuring predictability for producers and consumers and the limited negotiating capacity of small and...
This issue of Commonwealth Trade Hot Topics provides guidance of the way forward for countries in sub-Saharan Africa to achieve structural transformation of their economies, including participation in South–South trade.
This issue of Commonwealth Trade Hot Topics examines the practicalities of putting into operation a new approach proposed by Joseph Stiglitz and Andrew Charlton in addressing some fundamental development concerns through the global trading system.
This issue of Commonwealth Trade Hot Topics highlights some fundamental challenges pertaining to the multilateral trading system being an integral part of the post-2015 development agenda to generate the desired impact.
Examines the implications for least developed countries and small and vulnerable economies of two major upcoming regional trade agreements – the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership.
This issue of Commonwealth Trade Hot Topics discusses the evolving concept of the ‘blue’ or ‘oceans’ economy as a complement development strategy to the green economy options for a resilient and sustainable future, especially for SIDS and other...
This issue of Commonwealth Trade Hot Topics examines the evolution of the Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership Agreement (the TPP) and the implications for Commonwealth developing countries that are excluded from its arrangements.
This issue of Commonwealth Trade Hot Topics uses a case study of Kenya to illustrate some of the broader implications of the European Union Generalised System of Preferences (EU GSP) regime changes, which may also have relevance for other African,...
This issue of Commonwealth Trade Hot Topics highlights the likely implications of new regional trade agreements, particularly the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, for Least Developed Countries and small...
This issue of Commonwealth Trade Hot Topics highlights the LDC decisions taken by WTO members at the 2013 Bali Ministerial Conference, and examines the ways in which those decisions can be followed-up to ensure meaningful gains for the LDCs.
This issue provides a snapshot of the linkages between trade and infrastructure from the perspective of developing countries, highlighting the lack of adequate and quality infrastructure as a barrier to trade.
This paper provides a brief review of the relationship between trade and technology from the perspective of least developed countries (LDCs), sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) and small vulnerable economies (SVEs).
This paper provides a brief overview of the outcome of the 9th World Trade Organization Ministerial Conference, held in Bali in December 2013. It examines the main elements of the ‘Bali Package’, which marks a significant step in concluding the Doha...
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