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The HIV/AIDS pandemic has claimed more than 17 million lives in sub-Saharan Africa. The scale of this disaster has triggered a global dialogue and much attention has focused on the high cost of anti-retroviral therapies used to keep HIV in check, and...
This Discussion Paper outlines why taxation matters to Commonwealth developing countries not simply for raising revenues to pay for development, but as a means of shaping the governance context that influences that development. In seeking to reduce...
The banana dispute which effectively came to an end on 11th April 2001 with the Agreement between EU Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy and US Trade Representative, Richard Zoellick, has certainly been one of the most protracted and complex trade...
On 18 May 2000, The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) was signed into American law and has become a major plank of United States’ initiatives toward the African continent. This issue of Trade Hot Topics examines the objectives of AGOA its...
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 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...
The ‘blue economy’ is an evolving concept that recognises the need to maximise the enormous economic potential of oceans while preserving it for future generations. This paper examines the requirements for small states to effectively pursue a blue...
This issue of Commonwealth Trade Hot Topics analyses the experience and challenges of implementing the CARIFORUM-EU EPA, and draws broad policy lessons for other trade agreements.
This issue of Trade Hot Topics analyses the 2003 Cancún World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Meeting. It records how the talks collapsed and discusses the impact on the Doha Round and on the WTO itself. The paper finds that, although the Cancún...
This issue of Commonwealth Trade Hot Topics explores questions around the changing global trading architecture over the past 15 years. It examines how these changes have impacted on Africa’s economic development and the nature of trading relations...
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...
Written by the Director of the Economic Affairs Division at the Commonwealth Secretariat, this discussion paper explains some of the truly international aspects of the global economic crisis that go beyond the headline news. It discusses the nature...
The paper examines the relationship between the burgeoning diasporic economy and the ways in which it facilitates the growth of trade, entrepreneurship and investment between migrant sending and receiving countries in the Commonwealth. The paper...
This issue of Trade Hot Topics examines the new framework for the Doha Work Programme. It provides an update on the status of the programme and looks at the Framework for Agriculture, Market Access for Non-Agricultural Products (NAMA), and other...
This issue of Commonwealth Trade Hot Topics examines the broad economic impact of the outbreak of the Ebola virus in 2014–15 on the three countries at the epicentre of the crisis –Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone – with particular focus on Sierra Leone,...
The Ministerial Conference is an opportunity to set a clear roadmap of priorities for ensuring more concrete outcomes for LDCs, other Sub-Saharan African countries, and SVEs. This issue of Commonwealth Trade Hot Topics emphasises this fact and sets...
This issue of Commonwealth Trade Hot Topics explores the emerging role of least developed countries (LDCs) in World Trade Organization decision-making processes for negotiating rules of the multilateral trading system.   The Trade Hot Topics series...
This issue of Commonwealth Trade Hot Topics sheds some light on the actual and possible effects of the global economic crisis on trade in small states, specifically focusing on the 32 states classified as such within the Commonwealth. The Trade Hot...
Written by an expert on local government financing, this Discussion Paper explores the likely short-term and long-term effects of the global financial crisis on local government bodies.   Andrew Nickson also suggests that the crisis provides an...
This paper examines the interaction of the international fisheries trade regime, global value chains in tuna and socio-economic development in low-income Commonwealth countries. The first section sketches the long historical relationship between...
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