Towards a commercially meaningful market access for LDCs

Volume
2,
Number
3
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17 June 2013
17 June 2013
Although significant progress has been made toward improving market access for LDCs since the WorldTrade Organization (WTO) Hong Kong Ministerial Conference in 2005, much remains to be done. Least Developed Countries (LDCs) only represent 1.12 percent of world trade. In 2005, WTO members agreed...
17 June 2013
African development is hampered by trade and transport facilitation issues more than any other region. With a population size similar to India's or China's, its 54 countries are separated by 104 bi-lateral borders. The negative impact of these borders on trade - in particular on intra-regional...
17 June 2013
It has long been recognised that trade preferences can stimulate diversification into higher value-added export activities. Indeed, the structural transformation of developing economies was a key goal of the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) when it was launched in 1971. There has been a...
17 June 2013
Achieving food security is a major objective of the international community. The effort to reduce the number of people suffering from food insecurity faces many obstacles, including underinvestment in agriculture and rural development, substantial increases in food prices, poverty and the impact of...
17 June 2013
The issues of falling commodity prices and unequal terms of trade has always been central to the fair trade movement. Besides the political wing of the movement that is still actively engaged in "awareness raising and in campaigning for changes in the rules and practice of conventional...
17 June 2013
(See more recent update on the topic here ) Both chambers of the US Congress discussed their separate versions of a potential 2013 Farm Bill in mid-May, following a long lull in activity from the two chambers on the subject. The Senate legislation already cleared its agriculture committee on 14 May...
17 June 2013
Former Kenyan trade minister Mukhisa Kituyi has been nominated by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to serve as the new head of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the agency announced on 16 May. Kituyi's candidacy is next set to go to the UN General Assembly for approval by the...
17 June 2013
Developed countries should halve ceilings for budgetary spending on farm export subsidies in a decision at the WTO's ministerial meeting in the Indonesian resort of Bali this December, the G-20 group of developing countries has said. The group, which seeks farm policy reform in the developed world...
17 June 2013
West Africa amends its market access offer In a regional meeting held in Banjul, Gambia, from 6-10 April 2013, experts from West African states and regional organisations responsible for EPAs amended the market access offer initially put forward by West Africa in 2009. It has now increased from 70...
17 June 2013
Diamonds aren't forever The international body responsible for curbing the trade in conflict diamonds - The Kimberly Process Initiative - recommended a temporary embargo on diamond exports from the Central African Republic (CAR), due to suspicions of them being used to finance conflict by the new...
17 June 2013
Local Content Requirements and the Renewable Energy Industry - A Good Match? - ICTSD - June 2013 Can local content requirements (LCRs) contribute to more effective sustainable energy policy? In spite of being prohibited by global trade rules, LCRs are on the rise. The authors of this paper suggest...