Editorial

Volume
10,
Number
7
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11 October 2011
11 October 2011
The European Commission announced on 30 September that it had submitted a proposal to the European Parliament and the Council to amend the Market Access Regulation 1528 that provides Duty Free Quota Free to countries negotiating an EPA. The EC proposal would withdraw DFQF market access to those...
11 October 2011
TNI: At the Aid for Trade Global Review in July, you mentioned the need to work more on results-based management, improved aid effectiveness, and mainstreaming Aid for Trade into countries' development strategies. Can you elaborate on possible next steps for achieving these goals? Aid for Trade...
11 October 2011
The European Commission announced on 30 September that countries that have concluded an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the EU without having taken the steps to ratify and implement it will be withdrawn from the Market Access Regulation as of 1 January 2014 onward. Should these developing...
11 October 2011
TNI: How should Aid for Trade (AfT) be used in order to further Africa's growth, development and participation in the global economy in the most effective way? I think that first of all, ideologically, trade is like war: you go in the pursuit of conquering territories, almost in the same logic as...
11 October 2011
Aid for Trade (AfT) is about getting trade to work for development. It assists countries and regions to benefit from the opportunities offered by the multilateral trading system in order to generate economic growth and promote poverty alleviation. Providing market access opportunities is a...
11 October 2011
There is a large and growing body of evidence (1) about the positive links between openness to trade and economic growth, which depending on its pace and pattern is important for sustained poverty reduction. (2) This virtuous relationship can be observed in many developing countries that have...
11 October 2011
In the early days after the Hong Kong Ministerial in December 2005, trade negotiators, especially from developing countries, gauged their success in Aid for Trade (AfT) merely by increases in amounts. By this measure, the AfT initiative has indeed been successful, rising from $25 billion in 2005 to...
11 October 2011
In a review of the 25 most important multilateral donors, the five regional development banks, and the 24 OECD bilateral donors, UNIDO found that the greater interest in trade and in Aid for Trade (AfT) since the WTO Hong Kong Declaration in 2005 has brought a major increase in the number of donors...
11 October 2011
The World Trade Organisation (WTO) and the OECD have been spearheading the monitoring process regarding Aid for Trade (AfT) ever since its conception. Their commitment to monitoring, which culminates in the Global Review, has contributed in keeping the momentum high. This is clearly reflected...
11 October 2011
The Aid for Trade (AfT) initiative has been hailed as highly successful in raising the profile of trade as a tool for development. Developing countries have increasingly mainstreamed trade in their development strategies, while donors have responded by mobilising additional resources for trade-...
11 October 2011
In 2005 the World Trade Organisation launched the Aid for Trade (AfT) concept in a bid to strengthen the participation of developing countries in the multilateral trading system. AfT is proving to be an effective tool for countries that have recognized the potential of AfT for development and that...
11 October 2011
Trade liberalisation, in the context of the multilateral trading system (MTS) and regional integration processes, such as for instance, the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the East African Community (EAC), have provided...
11 October 2011
WTO Public Forum discussed the future of multilateral trading system Representatives from civil society, academia, business, government, and the media flocked to the WTO's Geneva headquarters this week for discussions centred on the future of the multilateral trading system. Talks at the 19-21...
11 October 2011
EPA Negotiations: The honeymoon is over... The European Commission finally announced on 30 September 2011 that countries that have concluded an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) but not taken the necessary steps to ratify and implement it would no longer benefit from the EPA market access to...
11 October 2011
The Office of the Chief Trade Adviser (OCTA) provides independent advice and support to the Pacific Forum Island Countries (FICs) in PACER Plus negotiations with Australia and New Zealand. It is based in Port Vila, Vanuatu. The OCTA is seeking to appoint a suitably qualified and experienced Chief...
11 October 2011
October 17-20 Meeting of the heads of ACP Regional Economic Communities TBC EU-SADC EPA technical and senior officials meeting (venue TBC) TBC AU-EU Ministerial Meeting, Brussels, Belgium TBC West Africa meeting of the sub-group on Rules of Origins (venue TBC) TBC ESA EPA group a Council meeting,...
11 October 2011
October 19 + 21 Trade Policy Review Body - Zimbabwe 21 Working Group on Standards and Trade Development Facility 24 Committee on Anti-Dumping Practices 25 Council for Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights 25 Dispute Settlement Body 26 -27 General Council 27 Committee on Rules of...
11 October 2011
Proposal for a REGULATION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL COM (2011) 598 amending Annex I to Council Regulation (EC) No 1528/2007 as regards the exclusion of a number of countries from the list of regions or states which have concluded negotiations, European Commission, September 2011...
30 September 2011
The European Commission (EC) finally announced on 30th September 2011 that countries that have concluded an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) but not taken the necessary steps to ratify and implement it would no longer benefit from the EPA market access to Europe as from 1st January 2014. The EC...