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Industrial Policy, Structural Change and Global Value Chains Participation: Case study of Morocco, Tunisia and Egypt

Morocco, Tunisia and Egypt (such as many other developing countries) have always considered pro-active industrial policies as an important means to upgrading their manufacturing sector. In an era of premature deindustrialization, the manufacturing…

Agricultural Trade and Food Security

The second United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG2) includes the goal to: “End hunger and achieve food security and improved nutrition” by 2030. While such an ambitious goal will clearly involve a wide range of policies and actors, this po…

High-Value Agricultural Exports from Africa

African exports of high-value agricultural products, such as processed agricultural goods and horticultural products have been growing rapidly. Some observers seem to feel that expanding these exports might be key to generating the new export revenu…

Different Dimensions of Brazil and Morocco Trade Flows: A Quantitative Assessment

Brazil and Morocco have been engaged in different forms of trade negotiations and committed to liberalize their trade, as they have concluded several bilateral and multilateral trade agreements whether within the WTO or in specific framework. This …

Will the African Free Trade Agreement Succeed?

The recently signed African Continental Free Trade Agreement represents a counter current to protectionist tendencies across the Atlantic and the Pacific, and may well move the economic integration of the African continent forward. Translating the v…

Welfare and Regional Integration Agreements: Lessons for Africa

In the developing world, regional integration is frequently seen as an opportunity to promote development. However, historical facts and economic literature remind us that the success of economic integration is not always guaranteed, and numerous c…

The Global Context: Major Forces Shaping Our World

The main message of this paper is that our world is undergoing a profound transformation in multiple aspects. These, at a minimum, include the following: the degree and manner of our acceptance of or opposition to increased integration as trading n…

Mitigating the Adjustment Costs of International Trade

The evidence demonstrating that nations gain from trade is overwhelming. However, trade liberalization can cause disruption to firms and workers, and its gains and losses are spread unevenly. While many gain from trade, import surges have sometimes…

China’s Economic Statecraft in Africa

Africa, preeminent recipient of Chinese aid, has benefited greatly from Chinese low-rate loans, infrastructure projects and trade relations. Consequently, these massive investments cause analysts to question whether this Chinese expansionism consti…

From a Bleak Global Outlook to Speculative Strategies: Understanding the Downturn in Metal Prices

Prices of nearly all industrial and precious metals have been on a downward trend for several months. A tightening US monetary policy and the subsequent dollar appreciation partly explain this trajectory, but it is above all the mounting global macr…

De l’Assombrissement des Perspectives Mondiales aux Stratégies Spéculatives: comment Comprendre le Repli des cours des Métaux ? / From a Bleak Global Outlook to Speculative Strategies: Understanding the Downturn in Metal Prices

Prices of nearly all industrial and precious metals have been on a downward trend for several months. A tightening US monetary policy and the subsequent dollar appreciation partly explain this trajectory, but it is above all the mounting global macr…

Trade Integration in the Economic Community Of West African States: Assessing Constraints And Opportunities Using An Augmented Gravity Model

This study assesses and compares the determinants of intra-trade in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Regarding the adopted methodology, we estimate two versions of the g…

Will the Emerging Market Turmoil be Contained?

Emerging market economies (EMs), as a group, continue to exhibit solid growth. This is the case especially in Asia and among oil-exporters, supported by growth in the advanced economies, the recovery in world trade, and the resilience of non-oil com…

Morocco faces its First Commercial Dispute before the WTO Morocco - Hot-Rolled Steel Case (Complaint from Turkey)

This paper examines Turkey's case against Morocco before the World Trade Organization (WTO), over anti-dumping duties on hot-rolled steel products. Turkey's complaint constitutes both a precedent and an opportunity. First, it is a precedent in that …

Le Maroc à l’épreuve de son Premier Litige Commercial devant l’OMC: Affaire Maroc-Acier laminé à Chaud (Plainte de Turquie) / Morocco faces its First Commercial Dispute before the WTO Morocco - Hot-Rolled Steel Case (Complaint from Turkey)

This paper examines Turkey's case against Morocco before the World Trade Organization (WTO), over anti-dumping duties on hot-rolled steel products. Turkey's complaint constitutes both a precedent and an opportunity. First, it is a precedent in that …

Spelling the End of Washington's Leniency with Beijing: The United States' Return to Africa

The African arena is but an episode in the China-USA soap opera. Nevertheless, given the continent's significance in terms of opportunities for major powers, it is also a space where their rivalry comes to the fore. This is the lens through which th…

Fin de la récréation de Washington face à Pékin: Le retour des Etats-Unis en Afrique / Spelling the end of Washington's leniency with Beijing: The United States' Return to Africa

The African arena is but an episode in the China-USA soap opera. Nevertheless, given the continent's significance in terms of opportunities for major powers, it is also a space where their rivalry comes to the fore. This is the lens through which th…

Brazilian and Moroccan Policies for Sub-Saharan Africa: Description and Elements for Assessment

Since the beginning of the century, Brazil and Morocco have implemented active and diversified strategies for building relationships with the rest of Africa, and more specifically the countries of Sub-Saharan Africa. To a great extent, the motivati…

Relations between Morocco and Sub Saharan Africa: What is the Potential for Trade and Foreign Direct Investment? / Relations Entre le Maroc et l’Afrique Sub Saharienne : Quels Potentiels pour le Commerce et les Investissements Directs étrangers ?

Central banks of large advanced and many emerging market economies have recently gone through a period of extraordinary expansion of balance sheets and are all now possibly facing a transition to less abnormal times. However, the fact that one group…

Chinese Investors in Ethiopia: The Perfect Match?

The paper's objective is to examine why and how Chinese investments have developed in Ethiopia and how this impacted on the country. In particular, it seeks to assess whether Ethiopia is a case of a win-win partnership, focusing in particular on the…

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