How can LDCs harness trade for structural transformation?

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15 May 2013
15 May 2013
Since the 1970's, the United Nations has identified Least Developed Countries LDCs as states which, for reasons of very low income, poor human development, and high economic vulnerability, face more structural handicaps than other countries in rising out of poverty. The increased focus on LDCs...
15 May 2013
The Global Value Chains (GVC) approach currently drives the mainstream view on globalisation and trade policy. According to this perspective, GVCs have created greater global integration and interdependence as Transnational Corporations (TNC) have increasingly located their production across...
15 May 2013
Least Developed Countries (LDCs), which currently number 49, are the weakest segment in the international community. They typically have very concentrated economic structures; rely heavily on primary production for income and jobs; and face daunting challenges to integrate global markets. LDCs...
15 May 2013
Unleashing the potential of women informal cross border traders to transform intra-African trade, UNWOMEN , 2011 Informal cross-border trade in Sub-Saharan Africa is characterised by a large share of female traders at around 70 percent, for whom profits from informal trade often constitutes the...
15 May 2013
West Africa is currently faced with huge economic, social and political challenges, including issues relating to food security, which feature prominently. These issues are becoming more and more pressing given the rate of population growth in the region and their food requirements. Although...
15 May 2013
By restarting the debate on food security in Africa, an issue that has been dealt with widely and in great detail, I do not wish to focus primarily on this idea. My aim is rather to connect it to some of the ongoing initiatives and processes on the continent that are trying to create the conditions...
15 May 2013
Roberto Carvalho de Azevêdo has won the position of WTO Director-General, officials announced on May 8, beating Mexico’s Herminio Blanco for the high-profile role. “Azevêdo carried the largest support by members in the final round and has consistently done so in each round; and, he enjoyed support...
15 May 2013
WTO members have spent the past several months working to extract an abridged package of deliverables from the overall Doha Round of trade talks, which were formally declared at an impasse in December 2011. The proposed "mini-package" would, if completed, include an agreement on trade facilitation...
15 May 2013
Be sure to visit http://ictsd.org/news/bridges-africa/ regularly for breaking African trade and developments news. Calls for extension of TRIPS for LDCs The WTO member states gathered on March 5th and 6th 2013 in Geneva to discuss an appeal from Less Developed Countries (LDC) for WTO members to...
15 May 2013
Mapping Prevailing Ideas on Intellectual Property Preliminary Findings from a Survey, ICTSD - April 2013 This report examines an overlooked yet critical dimension of global IP governance: where do IP ideas and beliefs originate and how are they transmitted? This is the first empirical study that...