Editorial

Volume
10,
Number
4
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14 June 2011
14 June 2011
Authored by Peter Draper from the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA), our lead article this month is a highly insightful article discussing the political nature of African economic integration and questioning its conceptual basis founded on the European model. In "Securing...
14 June 2011
The EU plans to reform the Generalised System of Preferences The European Commission (EC) proposed a reform of the EU's Generalised System of Preferences (GSP), a scheme that aims at supporting developing countries' exports by granting them unilateral tariff concessions. The new GSP scheme is set...
14 June 2011
Support for regional economic integration in Africa runs high amongst the continent's international development partners and African elites. This is most loftily expressed in the African Union's stated goal of achieving a continental economic integration scheme, the African Economic Community, by...
14 June 2011
The Generalized System of Preferences (GSP), under which developed countries grant tariff preferences to developing countries, is a key component of the world trading system.1 However, GSP programs suffer from a significant defect: they universally lack security and predictability at the...
14 June 2011
The role of the European Investment Bank (EIB) in development finance has rapidly expanded in recent years, as well as the bank's own understanding of this role. Yet with now more than €10 billion per year being deployed by the EIB outside the European Union (according to its 2009 loan volumes), it...
14 June 2011
With respect to gender and trade, research has consistently demonstrated the existence of an important relationship between trade openness and the feminization of labour across sectors, as the specific outcomes of trade agreements impact women and men differently depending on their location in...
14 June 2011
During a business event sponsored by The Times in London, on 22 March 2011, President Bongo of Gabon stated that "in the past two decades we have seen less of Europe, creating a vacuum which is today being filled by others - mostly China... Europe is no longer to be seen." This is a paradoxical...
14 June 2011
Expanded market access into the European Union (EU) is important for the agricultural sector in South Africa (SA), notably for the beneficiated agri-sector, including canned fruits and vegetables. "Beneficiation" relates to the value addition of the primary agricultural product through further...
14 June 2011
WTO members exploring options for Doha ‘Plan B' In an effort to minimize the damage of possible failed talks within the Doha Round, WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy has started quiet consultations with member delegations in order to explore different alternatives. The general idea has been to...
14 June 2011
ACP-EU prepare for Council discussion on EPAs The African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP)-European Union (EU) Committee of Ambassadors met on 3 May in Brussels to prepare for the 31 May ACP-EU Council of Ministers meeting which will discuss the state of play and perspectives on Economic Partnership...
14 June 2011
June 6-10 Central Africa-EU negotiating round, Brussels, Belgium 9-10 Joint EU-CARIFORUM EPA Trade and Development Committee, Barbados 15 Third meeting of the CARIFORUM-EC Joint Parliamentary Assembly (venue TBC) TBC Pacific-EU joint negotiating session (venue TBC) TBC EU - SADC technical and...
14 June 2011
June 1 Dispute settlement body 7-8 Council for trade-related aspects of intellectual property rights 15-16 Committee on technical barriers to trade 17 Dispute settlement Body 20+22 Trade policy review body- Canada 23 Committee on Agriculture 23-24 Committee on trade and development-Session on aid...
14 June 2011
LDC needs assessment under TRIPS: The ICTSD experience (2007-2011), ICTSD, Information note 19, April 2011, www.ictsd.org Meaningful technology transfer to the LDCs: A proposal for a monitoring mechanism for TRIPS Article 66.2, Surie Moon, ICTSD Policy Brief Number 9, April 2011, www.ictsd.org...