Making the green economy work for Africa

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4 June 2012
4 June 2012
The Rio+20 conference on sustainable development is approaching, and in the context of this 20-year follow-up to the historic Earth Summit of 1992, this month's issue of Bridges Africa leads with a reflection on the mutual dependence between trade and environmental development. Willemien Viljoen,...
4 June 2012
The environmental challenges faced by most African countries hold the potential to derail their current developmental path. Their economies are reliant on agriculture, tourism and fisheries as these are among the largest sources of employment, economic growth and exports on the African continent...
4 June 2012
Despite the outcomes from COP17there remains a considerable degree of ambiguity in relation to the relationships between trade and climate change regimes. Countries in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), particularly least developed countries (LDCs) and small vulnerable economies (SVEs) need to be prepared...
4 June 2012
Despite longstanding international efforts, malaria is still a public-health nightmare in many African countries . According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), over three billion people are at risk of contracting malaria worldwide, with a particular high risk for people living in Africa. Every...
4 June 2012
The internationalisation of intellectual property rights (IPR) regulation through the World Trade Organisation's (WTO) Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) Agreement has curtailed the rights of pharmaceutical companies to manufacture generic medicines. Howeve r, as...
4 June 2012
The U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) of 2000 marked a major change in American trade policy towards poor countries. The program went well beyond the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) for all developing countries, extending duty-free treatment to 97 percent of eligible products...
4 June 2012
In January 2012, African leaders came together in Addis Ababa for the 18th African Union Summit. The choice of the Summit theme, ‘Boosting Intra-African Trade,' reflects a growing focus in the region on addressing the relatively low levels of trade between African countries. While greater attention...
4 June 2012
In the context of trade negotiations it is customary to hear or read statements regarding the job creation potential of trade reform. Indeed, evidence shows that some countries have been successful in creating significant amounts of well paid and high quality jobs in expanding export sectors...
4 June 2012
The world is currently witnessing a shift in the global trading environment with Brazil, Russia, India and China and the latest member South Africa - known as the BRICS - starting to aim for a major role in balancing the structure of global economic governance. The story of the BRICS and Africa has...
4 June 2012
The European Commission published its proposals for the post-2013 CAP in October 2011. These are now being discussed with the European Parliament and the Council, and must be approved before the end of 2013. The current Common Agricultural Policy incorporates damaging instruments for developing...
4 June 2012
East African Community Following the Kigali meeting in Rwanda from 20-24 February, experts from both parties met again in Brussels, Belgium, from 16-20 April, then in Mombasa, Kenya, from 8-11 May. The meeting between government officials originally planned for May 14 has been pushed back to July...
4 June 2012
The EU's first EPA with an African region The EU announced in a press release that the Economic Partnership Agreements have reached their conclusion with four Eastern and Southern African states - Mauritius, Madagascar, Seychelles and Zimbabwe - they took effect on 14 may 2012. These countries will...
4 June 2012
Trade Policy Options for Enhancing Food Aid Effectiveness - ICTSD - May 2012 This report re-examines the role of food aid in contributing to food security and disciplining trade displacement risks. Such a re-examination, the author argues, is especially appropriate given the renewed attention to...