EU, US going their own way: What does TTIP mean for Africa?

Volume
3,
Number
10
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1 December 2014
1 December 2014
“We’re talking about what could be the biggest bilateral trade deal in history, a deal that will have a greater impact than all the other trade deals on the table put together.” In June 2013, when hosting the G8-summit, British Prime Minister David Cameron used these words to announce the proposed...
1 December 2014
Although the final substance and eventual ratification of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations remain uncertain, the ability of African nations to diversify market opportunities, integrate their economies in global value chains and...
1 December 2014
During the first “wave” of Regional Trade Agreements (RTAs) bilateral agreements were the norm; most of the 300 plus agreements notified to the WTO are bilateral agreements although there are some exceptions – for example, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and some economic...
1 December 2014
The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) currently under negotiation by the United States (US) and the European Union (EU) promises to unleash significant opportunities to generate jobs, trade and investment across the Atlantic. An independent study by the Centre for Economic...
1 December 2014
In early 2013, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations were introduced with great fanfare in President Obama's State of the Union Address . The EU and the US as the world's two largest economic zones would be united in a trade and investment pact, which would generate...
1 December 2014
It is often said that international trade is no longer a game of tariffs but rather a game of quality, standards, and compliance with the requirements of the global market. Exporters, more specifically those from developing countries, feel this the most as they struggle with what is known as non-...
1 December 2014
West Africa’s participation in international trade merely topped a 1 percent share over the past 10 years according to UN COMTRADE 2014 statistics, even though the region has been a major beneficiary of Aid for Trade. On one hand, economic growth has been relatively strong as a result of the rise...
1 December 2014
The Least Developed Countries Group at the WTO (LDCs Group) presented a report to the multilateral organization’s Committee on Rules of Origin on 30 October, calling for a more effective design of preferential rules of origin. In the report , the LDCs Group encourages WTO members to allow for...
1 December 2014
The largest free trade area in Africa, known as the Tripartite FTA (TFTA), which would span across the continent’s three main regional economic communities (RECs), is set to launch in mid-December at the Tripartite Summit of Heads of State and Government in Cairo, Egypt. The announcement of the...
1 December 2014
India, US clinch deal on WTO food stocks India and the US have announced that their stand-off over food stockholding at the WTO has been resolved – potentially paving the way for the implementation of a separate deal on trade facilitation, as well as progress on the broader negotiating agenda at...
1 December 2014
Deepening India’s engagement with the LDCs: An in-depth analysis of India’s Duty-Free Tariff Preference Scheme – ICTSD – November 2014 This paper, which is part of a major research project undertaken by ICTSD, seeks to understand how India-Africa trade relations could be strengthened so as to...