Editorial

Volume
10,
Number
5
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15 July 2011
15 July 2011
The EU’s Generalised Systems of Preferences and its implications for developing countries: Diagnosis and Prospects . Following the release of the EC proposal for a reform of the EU's Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) as per 2014, TNI opens the floor this month to those who have been and will...
15 July 2011
TNI : What is the main strategic objective of the new GSP proposal? Our proposal is borne out of a long process of study and debate, which started with a major conference on trade for development in March 2010, and was followed by a public consultation (to which 143 people responded), an...
15 July 2011
1. Background The EU grants trade benefits through the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) to developing countries in the form of reduced or zero customs tariffs on imports. On 10 May 2011, the European Commission (EC) put forward its proposal for a new European Union (EU) regulation applying a...
15 July 2011
The recent EC proposal on the reform of the GSP Scheme is inscribed in the context of an increasingly globalised world where many feel a need to review the system of preferences to reflect the changing economic landscape. The Proposal has triggered wide debates from various sides; some highlighting...
15 July 2011
As the European Parliament's rapporteur for the roll-over regulation on the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP), I had the opportunity to listen to a number of stakeholders. Discontent with the current regulation was a common feature of these talks, though mostly presented in a very...
15 July 2011
The European Commission’s proposal for a new Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) includes more stringent provisions on graduation (whereby countries’ eligibility for the GSP is removed) than does the current system [1]. It argues that this will free up space in the European market for poorer...
15 July 2011
The EU's Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) is a central component of [1] the EU's strategy toward developing countries. This strategy is aimed at the promotion of sustainable development where trade is seen as an essential vehicle in facilitating the achievement of both economic and social...
15 July 2011
The EU's GSP proposals are intended to make preferences more valuable for countries most in need. There is little change in product coverage or the degree of preferences offered, and some relaxation of graduation rules. The key changes are in the criteria determining beneficiary status. High and...
15 July 2011
TNI: The European Commission (EC) has released its proposal for a revision of the EU Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) as of 2014. What are your views on this draft reform? As you know, Ecuador currently benefits from the EU's GSP+ regime. For us, the EC proposal has some positive elements,...
15 July 2011
TNI: What is your first reaction on the proposed EU GSP reform and how has it been perceived in the Caribbean? The proposed reform of the EU's Generalised System of Preferences (GSP), made public in May 2011, has sparked much debate in various quarters, including among African, Caribbean and...
15 July 2011
On 10 May, the European Commission (EC) presented its proposal for a reform of the GSP under the title " Focusing on needs ", announcing that countries " such as Kuwait, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Qatar " would no longer be eligible to benefit. A closer look at the proposal shows that far from aiming...
15 July 2011
The publication by the European Commission (EC) on 10 May 2011 of a proposed regulation [1] for the EU's Generalised System of Preferences (GSP), set to enter into force no later than 1 January 2014, has renewed focus on the EU preferential trade arrangements. Half a year before that, the EC...
15 July 2011
Overview of US Trade Preferences Programmes The United States maintains a number of trade preference programs - six in total - that extend full duty-free treatment to imports from selected beneficiary developing countries (BDCs). The oldest of these programs, the Generalized System of Preferences (...
15 July 2011
Protectionist pressures rising among G-20 members Protectionist pressures are increasing in the world's leading economies, according to a new report from the WTO. Between mid-October 2010 and the end of April 2011, WTO members introduced some 122 measures with the potential to restrict or distort...
15 July 2011
ACP-EU Council discusses EPAs The African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP)-European Union (EU) Council of Ministers met on 31 May in Brussels. The ACP Co-President reportedly presented the ACP Council decision on the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPA) reiterating, inter alia, the group's request for...
15 July 2011
July 28/06-1/07 EU-ESA Technical working group, Brussels, Belgium 1-4 Annual meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM, St. Kitts and Nevis 26-29 EU-West Africa Negotiation round at senior and technical level, Brussels, Belgium 29 PACP Trade Ministers' meeting, Port Moresby, Papua...
15 July 2011
July 11-15 Negotiating Group on Trade Facilitation (followed by informal briefing) 15 15th Round of the DGCFMC - Cotton Development Assistance 15 Dispute Settlement Body meeting 18-19 Third Global Aid for Trade Review 20 Dispute Settlement Body meeting 20 Committee on Trade and Development -...
15 July 2011
Agricultural adjustment programmes: Experience from Bananas, Sugar and Internal EU Agricultural Reform, Paul Goodison, ECDPM & CTA Aid for Trade and Agriculture Series, June 2011, www.ecdpm.org Agricultural trade and production Comparing adjustment support in the Caribbean, Paul Goodison, ECDPM...