Trade facilitation: A priority for the continent?

Volume
5,
Number
6
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18 July 2016
19 July 2016
The 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda recognises the important role that trade can play as a driver of sustainable and inclusive development. For this potential to materialise in Africa, however, the continent will have to tackle a pervasive challenge: steep trade costs. In a globalised and...
19 July 2016
Great hope has been placed on the Trade Facilitation Agreement. How could it support the objective of doubling LDCs’ share of world trade by 2020? The Aid for Trade (AfT) initiative launched at the WTO’s 2005 Hong-Kong ministerial meeting has been successful at raising funds. But after five...
19 July 2016
At a time when countries across the African continent are deploying important efforts to facilitate trade, what can we learn from public service delivery in other areas for strengthening trade facilitation reform? June 23 marked the UN Public Service Day, the official international day of...
19 July 2016
In today’s globalised economy, understanding global value chains (GVCs) is essential for the development of trade and investment. This article presents a number of options on how the global trade system can promote the effective integration and upgrading of countries in these GVCs Today, we live in...
19 July 2016
How could Nigeria adopt a strategy that takes advantage of its enormous agricultural resources by developing and implementing efficient trade policy instruments? Nigeria’s abundant agricultural resources remain grossly under-utilised. Over the years, various policies including trade policy have...
19 July 2016
The elimination of fossil fuel subsidies presents a challenge but also a substantial opportunity to enhance climate action and move to a low carbon economy. Although the international trade and climate agendas are perceived by some to be in conflict, there is in fact a symbiosis between the two,...
19 July 2016
World Investment Report 2016 – UNCTAD – June 2016 The 2016 World Investment Report shows global flows of foreign direct investment rose by about 40 percent in 2015. However, this growth did not translate into an equivalent expansion in productive capacity in all countries. Regarding Africa in...
18 July 2016
South Africa launches initiative to promote trade with African partners Rob Davies, South Africa’s Minister of Trade and Industry, recently announced the upcoming launch of Trade Africa, which will replace what was previously known as the Africa Export Council. The initiative consists of a...