Emerging Trade Issues for Small Developing Countries

Scrutinising the Horizon

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Publication date: 11 September 2017
ISBN: 978-1-84929-172-9
Pages: 204

The world economy has undergone tremendous change during the past decade, with a range of emerging issues influencing global trade and coming to the fore in discussions among policy-makers and trade negotiators. Whether these issues will or should be addressed within the multilateral context as part of a trade agenda is still being debated, but inevitably countries need to engage with these policy issues and the implications for their economies.

In light of this changing international landscape, small developing countries need special support to effectively participate in the ongoing discussions on emerging issues in the various international bodies, including the WTO.

This publication seeks to inform and help Commonwealth small developing countries adapt to emerging issues such as climate change, e-commerce, the implementation agenda of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the new role of Micro, Small and Medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) and GVCs within global trade. Finally, it also addresses the systemic issues that impact on the participation of these countries in the multilateral trading system and approaches to advance the WTO negotiations.

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1. Emerging Trade Issues for Small and Least Developed Countries – Scrutinising the Horizon
Teddy Y Soobramanien and Leah Worrall
1.1 Multilateral trade context
1.2 Widening the global context
1.3 A case for small states
1.4 Commonwealth small states trade pattern
1.5 Chapters overview

2. Post-Nairobi: Perspectives on Potential New Issues in the World Trade Organization
Rashid S. Kaukab
2.1 Background and context
2.2 Potential new issues: Evolution and analysis
2.3 Ways forward: Some reflections and recommendations

3. The Imperatives of More Effectively Leveraging Trade and Advancing the Sustainable Development Goals in Small States
Poorvi Goel
3.1 Introduction
3.2 Small states’ recent trade performance
3.3 Reflection of small states’ trade interests in the Sustainable Development Goals
3.4 Overcoming distance and other trade barriers
3.5 Policy options and way forward

4. Effectively Influencing Value Chain Governance and Implementing SDG 14: ‘Life Below Water’
Jodie Keane
4.1 Introduction
4.2 Non-equity modes of global value chain participation: Contract farming and fishing
4.3 SDG 14’s trade-related implementation agenda
4.4 Value addition in the fisheries sector
4.5 LDC-specific trade issues in the fisheries sector
4.6 Available evidence on international support measures
4.7 Conclusion

5. Trade Sustainability: Trade, Climate and Biodiversity Policy and Finance Inter-linkages
Leah Worrall
5.1 Introduction
5.2 Global trade trends in brief
5.3 Trade sustainability in the international policy context
5.4 International public financing options
5.5 Conceptualising the inter-linkages
5.6 Conclusion

6. E-Commerce Development: Policy Considerations for Small Developing Countries
Teddy Y. Soobramanien, Claudius Preville and Anthony Ming
6.1 Introduction
6.2 What is e-commerce and why is it important to study it?
6.3 How can e-commerce be measured?
6.4 Assessing readiness for e-commerce through e-government
6.5 E-commerce on the international agenda
6.6 The economic impact of e-commerce
6.7 E-commerce, a catalyst for development: The case of small countries
6.8 The regulatory and other legal requirements for e-commerce
6.9 Conditions for the development of e-commerce in small countries
6.10 Conclusion

7. Post-Brexit Trade with Small Developing Countries: Making it Development-Friendly
Brendan Vickers
7.1 Introduction
7.2 Trade between the UK and Commonwealth small developing countries
7.3 Brexit concerns for small developing countries
7.4 Post-Brexit UK trade policy options
7.5 Post-Brexit trading arrangements and the Commonwealth
7.6 Conclusion

8. The Emergence of Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises: Enhancing their Role in International Trade
Pallavi Bajaj and Kirthika Selvakumar
8.1 Introduction
8.2 Micro, small and medium-sized enterprises: Definitions
8.3 Plugging MSMEs into output, employment and global value chains
8.4 The services sector and MSMEs: The critical ‘new’ niche engine of growth
8.5 Challenges facing MSMEs in manufacturing in the global trading landscape
8.6 Challenges facing MSMEs in the services sector
8.7 The Trade Facilitation Agreement: A beacon of hope for MSMEs in manufacturing
8.8 Addressing challenges for MSMEs in services
8.9 Conclusion

9. The World Trade Organization Post-Nairobi: New Approaches and Architectures
Lorand Bartels
9.1 Introduction
9.2 WTO negotiation models
9.3 Legal aspects
9.4 Comparable experiences
9.5 Recommendations