Trade

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.

Publication date: 30 May 2013
Format: Paperback, Hardback

This Guide is designed to assist developing countries to negotiate International Investment Agreements (IIAs) that are more effective in promoting their sustainable development. A useful reference tool for developing country negotiators and interested parties.

Contributor: Nikhil Treebhoohun
Series title: Lessons from the Commonwealth
Number within series: 3
Publication date: 9 December 2011
Format: Paperback

Examines best practices of developing IT enabled trade in services. This handbook explains the key issues from the viewpoints of the regulator, the investor, the policy-maker and the donor. It provides detailed analysis of the Mauritian experience, which holds useful lessons for small states in particular.

Series title: Commonwealth Economic Paper Series
Number within series: 92
Publication date: 15 November 2011
Format: Paperback

This Economic Paper assesses the potential trade effects of rules on procurement policies in Commonwealth ACP countries. It provides a practical guide for policy-makers and negotiators to determine the impact of government procurement rules and policies taken at the national level or negotiated in trade agreements.

Series title: Commonwealth Economic Paper Series
Number within series: 93
Publication date: 15 November 2011
Format: Paperback

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.

Publication date: 10 November 2011
Format: Paperback

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.

Publication date: 23 May 2011
Format: Paperback

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.

Series title: Economic Paper Series
Number within series: 91
Publication date: 15 March 2011
Format: Paperback

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.

Contributor: Vinod Rege
Series title: Lessons from the Commonwealth
Number within series: 2
Publication date: 22 February 2011
Format: Paperback

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.

Contributor: Isaac Njoroge
Series title: Lessons from the Commonwealth
Number within series: 1
Publication date: 1 July 2010
Format: Paperback

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.

Series title: Commonwealth Economic Paper Series
Number within series: 90
Publication date: 1 June 2010
Format: Paperback

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.

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