9 December 2011

Rashid Kaukab opens this month's TNI on a somewhat positive note. A week away from the WTO ministerial, he reminds us that the Doha round and the WTO are two seperate things. The lessons and achievements of the Doha round, regardless of its success or failure, can be used to strengthen the Multilateral Trading System. According to him, the MC 8 should therefore not focus exclusively on Doha or ignore it completely, but find ways in which Doha can strengthen the overall MTS.

Nora Dihel from the World Bank analyses the characteristics of the professional service exporters in Kenya based on an in-depth study of 52 exporters, including their export strategies. The author identifies the key challenges faced by current and potential exporters of professional services and proposes policy recommendations.

Chris Noonan, Associate Professor at the University of Auckland and former Chief Trade Adviser at the Office of the Chief Trade Adviser for the Forum Island Countries, focuses on the PACER plus negotiations in which the Pacific Forum Island Countries are now engaged. The article takes a closer look at the lack of consensus, among the FICs themselves, on the approach needed to tackle the trade issue with Australia and New-Zealand, and insists on the idea that, without an agreed vision, PACER plus may tend to be out of touch and represent no gain for the FICs.

Manitra Rakotoarisoa from the FAO explains the rationale for deeper regional integration in the face of increased economic liberalisation and trade. Better integration would, the author argues, open up new opportunities to improve food security and enhance development capacity.

Pursuing on agricultural trade, Gbadebo Odularu and Emmanuel Tambi from the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa's offers strategic insights into workable policy options for strengthening Africa's capacities to participate in the setting of standards and technical regulations for regional and international trade.

Bineswaree Aruna Bolaky from UNCTAD examines new strategies for industrial development in Africa, with particular reference to a recent Report published by UNCTAD and UNIO. The author puts a particularly strong emphasis on entrepreneurship and regional integration as well as the use of effective monitoring and performance criteria.

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