Our trade publications promote a development-friendly global trading system that creates greater trading opportunities for developing countries, while also strengthening national and regional capacities for export response from the poorest and most vulnerable countries.
Making Trade in Services Supportive of Development in Commonwealth Small and Low-income Countries
This Economic Paper assesses new innovative measures in trade in service negotiations that reflect the vulnerabilities and challenges faced by developing countries. It outlines the approaches that can help small and low-income countries in a manner that is practical and supportive of their economic development.
Potential Supply Chains in the Textiles and Clothing Sector in South Asia: An Exploratory Study
Examines one of the leading manufacturing sectors in South Asia – textiles and clothing – to assess the prospects for developing production linkages through regional co-operation. The findings show that there is significant unexploited scope for intra-regional trade which would enhance the competitiveness of the region overall.
The Impact of China and India on Sub-Saharan Africa: Opportunities, Challenges and Policies
Through detailed country-level analysis, this study examines the trading partnerships between China, India and sub-Saharan Africa. It assesses the economic impacts, identifies challenges and provides recommendations to assist policy-makers enhance the ability of SSA countries to derive benefits and to take advantage of new opportunities.
Effectiveness of Aid for Trade in Small and Vulnerable Economies: An Empirical Assessment
This Economic Paper presents the first analyses of the use and effectiveness of Aid for Trade (AfT), the initiative to help developing countries boost their involvement in the global economy. It examines the extent to which SVEs have been able to access AfT funds and to what extent this assistance has helped them to improve their trade performance.
Negotiating at the World Trade Organization
A unique insider's guide to the issues that have concerned developing country negotiators at the WTO since its establishment in 1995. It will be invaluable to those arriving in Geneva who need to brief themselves on the continuing story of the WTO negotiations, and those in national capitals in daily touch with their negotiating teams.
Implementing a National Export Strategy
This handbook explains how the Commonwealth Secretariat helps countries develop national export strategies with a clear purpose, strategies that are action-oriented, and which recognise the interrelationship between technological, economic, social, political and cultural aspects of society.
The Global Financial Crisis and Trade Prospects in Small States
This is the first study to look at the trade effects on small states of the current global slowdown. Export industries in these countries have been affected at least as much as those of other developing countries. The authors suggest a number of policy responses for governments of small states which may help to address the issues that arise.
Trading Stories: Experiences with Gender and Trade
Through twenty regional and country case studies, this book pulls together the key links between trade, gender and economic growth. It features ten case studies which focus on the gender impacts of trade policies on women and men. It then focuses on linking women with global markets through a range of practices.
Policy Responses to Trade Preference Erosion: Options for Developing Countries
A study that looks at how best developing countries should respond to the erosion of trade preferences caused by continuing multilateral tariff liberalisation, either through restructuring individual preference arrangements or by acting to offset the adverse effects of preference erosion.
Manoeuvring at the Margins: Constraints Faced by Small States in International Trade Negotiations
Highlights three areas where small states can maximise their potential influence: establishing an effective negotiating team by strengthening human resources; harnessing the support of civil society and the private sector; and, improving negotiation strategies.
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