Africa rising: Shifting towards sustainable development

Volume
4,
Number
7
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1 September 2015
1 September 2015
The Africa rising narrative continues to build momentum with the latest figures suggesting that 6 out of the 10 fastest growing global economies reside on the continent. Is this proving, however, to be a force for all, creating jobs for the unemployed youth and lifting millions out of poverty? With...
1 September 2015
Trade between China and Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) has been asymmetric and characterised by China’s importing mainly mining and other extraction products from SSA, and the latter importing manufactured goods from China. What options does SSA have to increase welfare and reduce its heavy reliance on...
1 September 2015
Some critics of trade negotiations allege that the process is too secretive, and draft texts should be made public. This paper argues that more transparency is needed, but that releasing drafts in this way could impede the process. Instead, transparency should be expanded at an earlier stage, when...
1 September 2015
ACP countries were required for the first time to negotiate reciprocal, though asymmetric trade agreements, with a major – and developed – trading partner, the EU, giving birth to the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs). What have ACP countries gained more than what they already had and how fit...
1 September 2015
A move towards a green economy provides clean growth opportunities and benefits. The policy dilemma exists as a costly undertaking with trade-offs in terms of national efforts to realise national socio-economic priorities is needed. The philosophy of green economies is the new policy direction...
1 September 2015
Members notify preferences under Services Waiver Eleven WTO members notified the Council for Trade in Services (CTS) the preferential measures that they would offer to services and service providers of least developed countries (LDCs) as part of efforts geared towards the operationalisation of the...
1 September 2015
Subsidies and Spillovers in a Value Chain World: New Rules Required? – E15 Initiative – July 2015 This paper briefly discusses the emergence of international production networks and VCs, and the associated increase in the share of trade in intermediate products and services. It also provides a...