E15: Global Value Chains: Development Challenges and Policy Options Expert Group: Proposals and Analysis

Brief
Date period
4 December 2013

Implemented jointly by ICTSD and the World Economic Forum, the E15Initiative convenes world-class experts and institutions to generate strategic analysis and recommendations for government, business and civil society geared towards strengthening the global trade and investment system for sustainable development. The Expert Group on Global Value Chains is co-convened with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

This compilation of five papers was produced in 2013 in the context of the “E15 Expert Group on Global Value Chains: Development Challenges and Policy Options”, convened by ICTSD and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). The background paper presents the main trade policy and development issues that are raised by the new fragmented structure of international production and trade. The following think pieces explore how global value chains bring about new implications for trade policy, industrial policy, the effects of regional trade agreements and for achieving development objectives. They also try to address how and to what extent trade policies can and should address these challenges.This collection of papers by E15 expert group members examines the emergence of global value chains and their implications for different aspects of the multilateral trading system, including r trade policy, industrial policy, the effects of regional trade agreements and for achieving development objectives.The papers also try to address how and to what extent trade policies can and should address these challenges.