Publications and resources

15 February 2018

Opportunities for Sustainable Development in Global Value Chains: A Case Study of the Myanmar Garment Sector – ICTSD – February 2018

Myanmar is benefitting from an investment boom in the garment sector. This has resulted in fast-growing exports to global markets, job creation for up to 300,000 workers and initiatives to improve competitiveness and social upgrading in the industry. This paper analyses the dynamics of Myanmar’s participation in the apparel global value chain and proposes policy recommendations to support economic upgrading, and social and environmental sustainability for the industry.

When African Trade Arrangements incorporate WTO Disciplines without all Member States being WTO Members – TRALAC – January 2018

This Trade Brief takes a look at a feature of African trade arrangements which has given rise to little discussion or concern. The legal instruments underpinning African trade arrangements often incorporate or refer to WTO disciplines (and those of other multilateral bodies) as part of the obligations undertaken by their Member States. This is a feature of most of the Regional Economic Communities. However, in some instances, not all the members have joined the WTO.

How Regulation and Standards Can Support Social and Environmental Dynamics in Global Value Chains – ICTSD – December 2017

Regulations and standards have become an increasingly important factor affecting the capacity of producers to participate in global markets. Standards compliance can enhance producer capabilities and assist in meeting many objectives of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). But it may also involve trade-offs between different SDGs.  This paper explores the policy measures that will best lead to the most positive outcomes as standards diffuse through global value chains. 

Tailoring Aid for Trade for the Services Economy in Low Income and Least Developed Countries – ICTSD – November 2017

Following decades of above-average growth in least developed countries, services also now contribute more than half of total production in these economies. The dynamic growth of services has huge potential to help developing countries support sustainable development objectives. This paper examines the relationship between the Aid for Trade initiative and services and finds that aid for trade has the potential to support the development of services in low income and least developed countries.

Assessing Regional Integration in Africa VIII: Bringing the Continental Free Trade Area About – UNECA – November 2017

The CFTA aspires to liberalise trade between African countries across the continent and to build on the successes already achieved within Africa’s regional economic communities (RECs). By doing so, the CFTA is expected to facilitate intra-African trade; foster regional value chains; and energise industrialisation, competitiveness and innovation. This report explores the various aspects that need to be appropriately tackled to make the CFTA a success.

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As the US Administration moves forward with a trade policy for Africa and African leaders work toward regional harmonisation, common ground may be emerging focused on market opportunity, a balanced...