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This issue of Commonwealth Trade Hot Topics discusses the factors favouring the adoption of a new approach to International Investment Agreements to help ensure foreign investment contributing to the achievement of development objectives in host...
The ocean is an essential part of the world economy for transport and for the resources it contains and activities it supports. Yet, the health of oceans is in decline and future opportunities are being lost through this degradation. The current...
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...
This study highlights the emerging dynamics and further potential of intra-Commonwealth trade and investment. The Commonwealth provides tremendous trade and investment opportunities. Its members’ combined global exports of goods and services are...
The decision of the European Union (EU) to conclude Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) with African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group of countries represents a fundamental transformation of the trade relations between the two groups of...
This issue of Trade Hot Topics examines the ACP–EU negotiations. It considers the particular problems faced by the four regions which appear envisaged to be the prime candidates for Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs): ECOWAS-Mauritania, Eastern...
This issue of Commonwealth Trade Hot Topics provides a brief overview of the evolution of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) and AGOA-IV’s main provisions, and highlights some of the opportunities and challenges for promoting trade in...
At the WTO Ministerial Conference in Doha, Qatar of November 2001, trade ministers had to consider how international standards of intellectual property should be adapted to help deal with public health crises and problems. The Doha Declaration...
Debt burdens in Commonwealth small states have grown rapidly within the last decade, particularly in the Caribbean, and are now at unsustainable levels. This discussion paper outlines four Commonwealth proposals to help address the debt and financing...
The paper seeks to identify key issues and priorities for small states in the WTO in relation to advancing the Work Programme on Small Economies (WPSE), of which affirmation was made at the Nairobi Ministerial Conference. The paper provides guidance...
This Discussion Paper examines the human rights impacts of international agricultural trade in developing countries. Businesses in importing countries make decisions that affect the incentives for producers to meet human rights standards; yet these...
The Uruguay Round Agreement on Agriculture made significant progress on establishing new rules governing the operation of the sector and international trade in agricultural goods. The initial reforms, however, did not bring about the expected...
This issue of Commonwealth Trade Hot Topics explores the policy implications for African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) states in taking advantage of the Aid for Trade initiative.   The Trade Hot Topics series provides concise and informative analyses...
There is a great deal of uncertainty among both developed and developing countries about the new Aid for Trade (AfT) initiative. Among developing countries in particular, there is unease about the timing of AfT and the fact that the development...
This issue of Trade Hot Topics examines the relationship between Aid for Trade (AfT) and Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs). The current AfT is taking place mainly under a WTO multilateral framework, although there is also a place for AfT in the...
This paper analyses empirically whether Aid for Trade (AfT) programmes have assisted the process of structural transformation in African countries. It first analyses the impact on trade flows and trade costs, which are the main channels of...
This issue of Commonwealth Trade Hot Topics focuses on a specific group of developing countries — small and vulnerable economies (SVEs) — which has largely been neglected in the AfT debate, despite the special challenges these countries faced in...
This paper proposes the effective use of Aid for Trade (AfT) programmes as one possible means of addressing some of the challenges faced by LDCs and small states in the services sector. It examines possible ways to enhance the capacity and...
Alternative Service Delivery (ASD) is a process of government reform that reviews public programmes and services to choose the most appropriate organisational forms and delivery mechanisms to achieve government objectives. It has regained currency in...
This issue of Commonwealth Trade Hot Topics focuses on the impact of the global economic crisis on the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) states, and identifies the implications for the World Trade Organization system. The Trade Hot Topics series...
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