COMPARING SAFEGUARD MEASURES IN RECENT REGIONAL AND BILATERAL TRADE AGREEMENTS. By Willemien Viljoen for the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) (November 2016). This paper analyses how recent bilateral and regional trade negotiations affect developing countries’ ability to use agricultural safeguard measures in response to price and demand volatility. Twenty-six agreements with direct or indirect reference to the WTO Agreement on Safeguards are analysed. The publication is available for download here.
TRADE FACILITATION AND GLOBAL VALUE CHAINS: OPPORTUNITIES FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT. By Ben Shepherd for the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) (November 2016). This paper analyses how trade facilitation policies can help least developed countries (LDCs) increase their participation in global value chains (GVCs), and what policy makers can do to maximise the potential of such value chains. The paper is part of a larger ICTSD research series on the subject. The paper can be found here.
AFRICAN CONTINENTAL FREE TRADE AREA: SOME ISSUES IN LIBERALIZING TRADE IN SERVICES. By Emily Mburu-Ndoria for the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) (November 2016). The paper examines the service sector’s potential in boosting economic growth and development in Africa and provides policy suggestions on how to better negotiate service trade agreements. The author focuses specifically on the possible options for services provisions under the planned Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA). The publication is available for download here.
MAKING US TRADE AND INVESTMENT POLICIES WORK FOR GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT. By Robert Z. Lawrence and Terra Lawson-Remer for the Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIEE) (November 2016). This policy brief discusses past successes and inefficiencies of selected US trade and investment policies, and provides suggestions on transforming them to better support global development, especially for less developed countries. The publication is available for download here.