Harnessing trade as a development tool in the post-2015 framework

Volume
3,
Number
7
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1 September 2014
1 September 2014
How can trade deliver on economic goals in a post-2015 framework? This is one of the burning questions in the international trade community, as discussions to formalise a global post-2015 development agenda intensify. In Rio, Member States agreed to initiate the formulation of a set of Sustainable...
1 September 2014
How can trade be harnessed as a development policy instrument in the post-2015 development agenda? What role can the WTO play to this end? Continued and sustained economic growth has been one of the main forces in reducing poverty in the world's developing and least-developed countries since the...
1 September 2014
Trade must be a prominent part of the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals, given its importance in structural economic transformation. The SDGs could help tackle some of the trade challenges facing African LDCs by moving beyond the agenda of market access. This would imply a focus on addressing...
1 September 2014
Small island developing states face a number of specific sustainable development challenges, some of which might usefully be addressed at the WTO. In September, delegates will gather in Apia, Samoa for the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) guided by the...
1 September 2014
What lessons can the Caribbean experience provide for the implementation of the West African EPA that was approved by the region’s Heads of State in July? Business relations between West Africa and the European Union reached a turning point on 10 July 2014 in Accra when the Heads of State of ECOWAS...
1 September 2014
The 31 July midnight deadline for adopting the Protocol of Amendment for the WTO’s Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) has passed without a resolution, as members were unable to bridge a divide that had emerged recently over whether to link the protocol with progress toward a “permanent solution” on...
1 September 2014
(Republished) After over a decade of negotiations, West African leaders formally approved their Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the EU in July during an ECOWAS Heads of States summit in Accra, Ghana. Regional chief negotiators have now been instructed to take immediate action toward...
1 September 2014
Good progress on Tripartite FTA African high-level officials from the Southern African Development Community indicated during the recent SADC Summit that negotiations for the establishment of a free- trade area spanning three major regional economic communities in Africa – The COMESA, the EAC, and...
1 September 2014
Advice on the Probable Economic Effect of Providing Duty-Free Treatment for Imports – ICTSD – August 2014 In April 2014, the International Trade Commission of the United States opened an investigation into the potential economic effects of a trade agreement on environmental goods, EGA. The...