Jaime De Melo

Emeritus Professor, University of Geneva

Jaime de Melo, Emeritus professor at the University of Geneva, and scientific director at Fondation pour les études et recherches sur le développement international (FERDI), an invited professor at the Johns Hopkins University Bologna Center, and a non-resident scholar at Brookings. He worked at USAID from 1972 to 1976, taught at Georgetown University from 1976-80 and at the University of Geneva from 1993-2012. From 1980 to 1993, he held various positions in the research Department at the World Bank. He serves on several editorial boards and was editor-in-chief of the World Bank Economic Review, 2005-2010.

Opinion

3 March 2016
On December 12, 2015, 188 countries accounting for 98% of Green House Gas (GHG) emissions committed themselves to controlling emissions under a new ‘bottom up’ approach through goals pledged at the national level (the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs)). On the heels of the failed Kyoto...
8 May 2015
The 45 non-oil Least Developed Countries (LDCs), mostly African countries, are continuing to lose market share in world exports. For them, and for many developing countries, the World Trade Organization (WTO) agreements they signed as part of the “single undertaking” of the Uruguay Round were rules...
29 April 2015
Negotiations towards a Climate Treaty are picking up. This blog argues that the ongoing negotiations for an EGA are a small – but significant – test for following up on progress towards achieving a meaningful climate treaty. This past July in Geneva, 14 countries launched negotiations to achieve...

Bridges news

20 October 2017
Par rapport à d’autres processus d’intégration régionale Sud-Sud, l’intégration au sein des communautés économiques régionales africaines se caractérise par la lenteur des progrès accomplis dans la réalisation d’objectifs excessivement ambitieux. Après l’échec d’une première phase d’intégration en...
13 October 2017
A comparison of progress in integration in African regional economic communities with that of other South–South regional integration arrangements reveals slow progress in meeting overly ambitious objectives. Following an aborted early phase of integration in 1980 under the Lagos plan, regional...
29 July 2016
Beaucoup d’espoirs ont été placés dans l’Accord sur la facilitation des échanges. Comment cet accord pourrait-il soutenir l’objectif de doublement de la part des PMA dans le commerce mondial d’ici à 2020 ? L’initiative Aide pour le commerce (APC), lancée lors de la conférence ministérielle de l’OMC...
19 July 2016
Great hope has been placed on the Trade Facilitation Agreement. How could it support the objective of doubling LDCs’ share of world trade by 2020? The Aid for Trade (AfT) initiative launched at the WTO’s 2005 Hong-Kong ministerial meeting has been successful at raising funds. But after five...
12 February 2016
Regional integration and cooperation is the way ahead in Africa, but the latest initiatives such as the TFTA and CFTA will face substantial challenges. Integrating in small groups, while abandoning the linear model of integration, should be the most fruitful approach. Last year saw the launch of...
29 July 2015
L’intégration régionale est la voie à suivre pour l‘Afrique, mais les récentes méga-initiatives – ZLE tripartite et ZLE continentale – seront confrontées à d’importants défis. L’intégration en groupes restreints, et en abandonnant le modèle linéaire d’intégration, devrait s’avérer plus fructueuse...