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The Way Forward for the WTO: Reforming the Decision-Making Process

" The World Trade Organization is in a state of flux. This stems largely from the Doha Round impasse and the failure of the main protagonists to reach agreement. However, it is also the effect of a changing global political economy. With the rise ...

Geneva WTO Trade Negotiation Seminar Papers

"A workshop washeld in Geneva on March 9, 2000 for African representatives to the WTO, to present some of the country studies along with some thematic overviews.This volume represents some of the material presented at that workshop. It covers tra...

More than Just Numbers: The Implications of EU Enlargement from 15-25 for South Africa's Trade Strategy

This briefing offers insight into the strategic implications of European Union enlargement for South Africa’s trade strategy. This briefing focuses on the dynamics most likely to impact on EU trade strategy particularly in the sphere of agricultur...

Whither the Multilateral Trading System? Implications for (South) Africa

"So far the World Trade Organisation (WTO) has acted as a constraint on the worst protectionist pressures building in the global trading system following the 2008–10 global financial crisis, which is a testament to the system’s constraining power...

Africa after Cancun Trade negotiations in uncertain times

"This trade policy report sets out to understand and demystify the failed September 2003 World Trade Organisation (WTO) ministerial meeting in Cancun, Mexico. The collection begins with President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda arguing that what Africa...

Developing country coalitions in multilateral trade negotiations: Aligning the majors?

"This paper focuses on coalition building by developing countries, which is a key indicator of their overall capacity and effectiveness in the WTO. The issue is examined in the context of national trade policies and trade negotiations on other t...

Trade in Financial Services in Southern Africa: What Room for Negotiators Post-2008 Financial Crisis?

"This study assesses the impact of the financial crisis and G20 discussions on regulatory reform and trade in financial services in the SADC region, with a specific focus on its effect on corporate, trade and project financing from the standpoint ...

WTO: The reawakening of protectionism

This intelligence update describes the growing protectionist stance of the European Union in its trade relations with other states. This harms not only the economic recovery prospects of developing nations, but also the credibility and integrity o...

Southern and Eastern Africa, the Doha agenda & aid for trade

"The focus on development in the current round of World Trade Organisation (WTO) negotiations has placed the issue of trade-related capacity building and technical assistance at the forefront of discussions under the Doha Agenda. This report is ...

Trade in services from controlling to managing the movement of persons in SADC

"Services cover a wide variety of economic and social activities. They embrace communications,transport, finance, energy distribution, construction and business services (intermediate services), as well as final-demand services such as tourism, ...

BIDPA Briefing December 2001

"The fourth World Trade Organisation (WTO) Ministerial Conference was held in Doha on the 9-14 November 2001 to discuss a number of key trade issues. The meeting marked a major turning point for the world trading system, after the collapse of the ...

eAfrica: The Electronic Journal of Governance and Innovation, Vol 1, October 2003

The African Peer review Mechanism is the leading subject in this volume. Peer Review may mark the start of a new diplomacy and the success of this will determine the survival of NEPAD. Practical implications for this process are given. A short a...

eAfrica: The Electronic Journal of Governance and Innovation, Vol 1, August 2003

This issue of eAfrica addresses the trade in Africa and the impact that subsidies has on Africa. Furthermore substandard production of agricultural products in Africa limits market access and thus places constraints on trade with Africa. Other art...

Perspectives on Trade, Investment and Competition Policy in South Africa

"In a liberalised trade and investment environment, trade, investment and competition policies together form a specific nexus. South Africa needs foreign direct investment to help address its need for employment creation, growth and development. T...

An Assessment of the Likely Implications of the World Trade Organisation’s Bali Package for Africa

"The Bali Package is the first substantive breakthrough for the WTO since the DDA began in 2001 and it consists of issues on agriculture, trade facilitation, cotton and Least Developed Countries (LDC). The most significant part of the Bali Package...

E-Commerce and the WTO: A Developmental Agenda

The rise of e-commerce presents both challenges and opportunities, leading to calls for multilateral trading rules at the WTO. The route to industrial development is changing and rules at the WTO – the subject of this paper – will have important...

WTO Ministerial Commitments from Nairobi: Key Issues for South Africa at MC11

At the WTO’s 10th Ministerial Conference, held in Nairobi from 15–19 December 2015, members agreed on several outcomes relating to public stockholding, export competition, cotton, domestic support and a special safeguard mechanism for developing c...

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