Facing mega-regionals: What implications for Africa?

Volume
5,
Number
3
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5 April 2016
18 April 2016
During the last two decades, the global trading system has witnessed major evolutions. In particular, as a result of the lack of meaningful progress at the WTO in the framework of the Doha Round, various trade partners have increasingly sought other avenues to pursue their commercial interests,...
18 April 2016
How can Africa mitigate the potential negative impacts of mega-regional trade agreements and support its structural transformation efforts through trade? Since the early 2000s, regional trade agreements (RTAs) – allowed under WTO rules – have flourished. Interestingly, this development has taken...
18 April 2016
This article serves to explore and evaluate the economic effects of planned mega-regional free trade agreements on Africa, as well as to give specific policy advice to their members in order to make future trade more inclusive towards African economies. The world of global trade is changing in a...
18 April 2016
The WTO’s governance functions might be negatively affected by the proliferation of preferential trade agreements. Should this happen, the shift would disproportionately affect small trading nations. Returning from this year’s World Economic Forum in Davos, Director-General of the World Trade...
18 April 2016
The Tenth WTO Ministerial Conference has created new and exciting possibilities for trade-led growth and poverty reduction. How can we ensure that members of the trade and development community—particularly the smallest, poorest, and most vulnerable WTO members—are fully engaged in the post-Nairobi...
18 April 2016
With recent developments in trade and regional integration in Africa, the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group on Trade Out of Poverty is launching an inquiry into the progress and future of the UK’s Africa Free Trade initiative. It has been five years since the Africa Free Trade initiative (AFTi) was...
18 April 2016
UN endorses SDG indicators The United Nations Statistical Commission endorsed last month a set of 230 global indicators as the basis for reviewing progress towards the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), called the “last missing piece” of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The...
18 April 2016
The Role of PPMs in Extractive Industries – E15 – March 2016 This paper primarily addresses the potential responsibilities of home states and third countries importing extractive industry products. It explores the potential role of trade law and regulation in addressing deficiencies and bringing...