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Historically, technology has served as a critical driver of globalisation, underpinning the rapid expansion in world trade and driving human progress, raising living standards and welfare, and precipitating transformative improvements in human...
Drawing on the negotiations and other developments that transpired in the run up to MC11 and thereafter, the paper underlines four core directions to be considered while giving shape to a revamped LDC agenda. First, the de facto dissolution of the...
The Commonwealth Trade Finance Facility allows Commonwealth small states to access the finance they need to develop trade and sustain economic and social development, by encouraging international banks to make more trade finance available to them....
This issue of Trade Hot Topics presents a brief primer on the key issues relating to investment and investment facilitation that WTO members need to consider, whether or not they are a part of the informal group discussions on investment facilitation.
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...
The Botswana AfT strategy identifies priority areas for assistance (technical and financial) across sectors and provides strategic guidance for the country to position itself to attract and take advantage of AfT resources, in pursuit of efforts to...
Several econometric techniques with different degrees of sophistication have been used to assess the impact of Aid for Trade (AfT) on trade and other economic performance in recipient countries, especially at the macro level, not all of which have...
This paper focuses on twenty-first century trade governance patterns within Commonwealth countries. The specific research questions it explores are: first, what is the distinction between the ‘trade governance’ and ‘good governance’ agendas? Second,...
The Commonwealth's member countries share unique historical ties, as well as resilient diaspora communities with linguistic and institutional similarities. These links could facilitate co-operation and contribute to increased trade, investment and...
This Trade Hot Topic provides information on a recent Kickstarter assignment on the Transition from Least Developed Country Status, funded by the UK Government.
The paper finds that, despite Dominica and Vanuatu historically experiencing frequent and severe episodes of natural disasters, Vanuatu has made more effort to ensure that disaster risk reduction, not just disaster management, is firmly entrenched in...
This paper presents a case for investing in young people, takes stock of the youth development financing landscape and proposes approaches for resourcing youth development that are aligned with the the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA), the global...
With the ratification of the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) in 2016 under the aegis of the World Trade Organization, India has launched a comprehensive agenda for trade facilita­tion reforms to fulfil its legal commitments and improve its global...
This paper investigates whether there is statistical evidence to support a negative impact from natural disasters on Small Island Developing States' (SIDS') debt to GDP (gross domestic product) ratios. We study the difference between SIDS and...
The XXI Commonwealth Games take place at Gold Coast, Australia, in April 2018. Like the previous renditions of the Games, this sport mega-event – together with business networking initiatives like the ‘Trade 2018’ platform at Gold Coast – could...
This paper analyses the responsiveness of Commonwealth tourism, remittances and aid to changes in UK macroeconomic indicators, in particular, to UK GDP and the UK exchange rate, using a panel data gravity model approach. It finds a negligible impact...
This issue of the Commonwealth Trade Hot Topics examines the outcome of the 11th World Trade Organization Conference at the end of 2017 and assesses the technical and strategic way forward for least developed countries, small, vulnerable economies...
The importance of the quality of goods to be consumed and of the packaging that protects them cannot be underestimated and is in fact paramount for their successful export to global and regional markets. Sierra Leone has long recognised that the poor...
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