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Economic integration in Eastern and Southern Africa made notable progress in 2000, the year ending with the establishment of a new free trade area (FTA) and the first steps towards the ultimate establishment of another. The FTA of the Common Market...
This paper discusses whether a global oil royalty could help to limit climate change. It starts by summarising the Paris Agreement and by discussing whether the world is currently on course to achieve its goal of limiting the increase in global...
ACP-EU negotiations on Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) represent a step into uncharted territory for ACP countries. The major fault line in the upcoming negotiations can be generalised as follows: the EU wants to integrate the ACP into the...
Around three-quarters of all African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) goods exported to the EU receive no tariff preferences. These are the goods that are subject to no tariffs on a ‘Most Favoured Nation’ (MFN) basis, regardless of the trade regime under...
This issue of Commonwealth Trade Hot Topics explores the linkages and the opportunities the BRI presents for Sub-Saharan African countries. This takes on added importance since China not only is Africa’s largest trading partner on a country basis but...
The health impacts of climate change are a relatively recent addition to the public health policy agenda.  This Discussion Paper sets out important factors that need to be considered now, given that this will be an important issue for public health...
This issue of Commonwealth Trade Hot Topics highlights the consequences of climate change on agriculture, its subsequent impact on the trading capacity of developing countries, and a number of adaptation and mitigation measures to ensure their...
This report interrogates the use of risk pooling, a form of climate insurance, as a possible framework for small state climate risk management within which other complementary finance instruments may be used. It aims to offer preliminary insights to...
This paper assesses the export-oriented clothing industry in the five main sub-Saharan African (SSA) clothing exporter countries (Mauritius, Madagascar, Kenya, Lesotho and Swaziland). The focus is on analysing the various characteristics driving firm...
No government ever has complete uniformity in its policies in the sense that each and every policy aims to achieve the same broad goals. Governments have multiple objectives and so complete policy coherence in any field is almost impossible. Even...
The importance of the telecommunications sector to Commonwealth developing countries cannot be overemphasised, since it plays a crucial role in facilitating trade and economic development. The telecommunications service sector of a state, which...
This paper discusses the technical details of the Commonwealth proposal for a Multilateral Debt Swap for Climate Action, something that could see small states benefit from improved debt management, climate resilience and possibly debt relief. It is...
The international community is meeting in July 2015 to agree on the financing framework to underpin the UN post-2015 development agenda, scheduled to be adopted in September 2015. The OECD-DAC contribution – a set of proposals for reforming 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...
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....
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 issue of Commonwealth Trade Hot Topics considers the competitiveness aspect of the impact of climate change on exports from African LDCs. While LDCs are known to be vulnerable to climate change consequences, relatively little attention has...
This issue of Commonwealth Trade Hot Topics presents new findings from an up-to-date empirical analysis of trade costs across Commonwealth member countries and their subsequent interaction with Global Value Chain (GVC) participation, as currently...
This edition of Small States Digest evaluates the key ICT challenges that the nine Commonwealth Pacific small states faces, as well as the regional and national responses to these challenges. It draws out some of the key gaps and opportunities in the...
Negotiating a Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) continues to be a challenging undertaking because it anticipates integrating 34 countries, which differ substantially in size of population, gross domestic product (GDP) and land area and between...
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