Tackling Africa’s trade challenges

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18 March 2013
18 March 2013
Most economic indicators are up for African countries, but big challenges remain to put the continent on a path of solid growth. Sub-Saharan African economies' GDP is estimated to have grown by about 5 percent in 2012, and forecast to increase to 5.7 percent for 2013. While foreign direct...
18 March 2013
The three major West African importers of fish products - Nigeria, Ghana and the Ivory Coast - can consume the total exports of other countries in the region without satisfying their own needs. Fisheries are primary of importance to the development and fight against poverty in West Africa, whose...
18 March 2013
The UN Food and Agriculture Organization's picture of how the world "hunger problem" has evolved over time has been turned on its head; from a secular deterioration to steady improvement. For the first time since 1996, the UN agency responsible for food and agriculture has significantly revised how...
18 March 2013
Cross-border trade below the radar of government oversight is both a boon and a curse for many African economies. COMESA, the Eastern and Southern African trade bloc, has recently established simplified border procedures aimed preventing the loss of government revenue through incentives that make...
18 March 2013
There is a surge of interest in the implications of global value chains. These encompass a wholesale reconceptualisation of trade statistics, a renewed focus on the importance of services in economic development, and the possibilities for leveraging GVCs to drive rapid and sustainable growth in...
18 March 2013
Both in Europe and the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group of countries, negotiators seem to lack ideas for resolving differences blocking progress in the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) talks now in their tenth year. Despite initial high ambitions, trade envoys of both continents have...
18 March 2013
South America's most important regional economic bloc, Mercosur, is deepening its trade relationship with Africa. Brazil is at the forfront of these efforts, largely due to its strong ties to the continent's Portuguese-speaking countries. Trade relations between Mercosur and African countries were...
18 March 2013
By the end of January 2014, Vietnam, Mozambique and South Africa must provide a comprehensive report to the CITES secretariat on progress they have made in cutting down illegal trade in rhino horn, including an update on arrests, seizures, prosecutions and penalties for rhino trade related offenses...
18 March 2013
The selection process for the successor of Pascal Lamy at the helm of the WTO is now under way. Among the key tasks of the next Director-General are, in the short term, forging consensus on at least a mini-package at the upcoming ministerial in Bali and, in the longer term, finding solutions to new...
18 March 2013
According to WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy, significant progress has been made in securing additional financial resources for the Aid for Trade initiative. Since its launch in 2005, more than US$200 billion has been mobilised in funding, about US$60 billion of which has been directed to least-...
18 March 2013
On 13 February, Washington and Brussels announced the start of negotiations for a trans-Atlantic trade and investment agreement after months of speculation on whether the EU and the US would indeed commit to the initiative. The parties had already evoked the possibility of such a pact more than a...
18 March 2013
Informal consultations have intensified on a developing country proposal to ease WTO farm subsidy rules for food stockholding, trade sources say. The talks have been led by the G-33 - a group of developing countries with large populations of smallholder farmers, which first tabled the proposal in...
18 March 2013
Letting the Sunshine in at the WTO: How Transparency Brings the Trading System to Life – WTO – March 2013 This working paper, written by Robert Wolfe of the School of Policy Studies at Queen’s University, addresses the logic of transparency in general, and the motivation for its use in the...