28 results about LEAST DEVELOPED COUNTRIES (LDCS)


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Making US Trade and Investment Policies Work for Global Development

November 30, 2016

This Policy Brief reviews US trade and investment policy programs focused on global development, such as the Generalized System of Preferences and the African Growth and Opportunity Act, and conclu... READ MORE

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Least developed countries lose 10 percent of exports on non-tariff measures

July 21, 2016

Least developed countries lose an estimated $23 billion per year, equal to about 10 per cent of their exports to the Group of 20 (G20) through failure to comply with G20 non-tariff measures, according... READ MORE

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How the Trade Facilitation Agreement can help reduce trade costs for LDCs

July 19, 2016

The Aid for Trade (AfT) initiative launched at the WTO’s 2005 Hong-Kong ministerial meeting has been successful at raising funds. But after five biennial reviews, showing that AfT flows have... READ MORE

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The TPP and the Sputtering Global Trade System

January 26, 2016

With the death-knell of the Doha Round seemingly signaled at the recent Nairobi Ministerial, and questions about the relevancy of the WTO intensifying, anyone reflecting on the current state of the gl... READ MORE

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The E15 Initiative: Strengthening the Global Trade and Investment System in the 21st Century

January 22, 2016

World trade has experienced a significant slowdown since the 2008 financial crisis. Over this period, the global ratio of trade expansion to income growth has halved. An effective global trade and... READ MORE

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Post-Doha trading system: Five points for African economies to consider

January 6, 2016

The package that came out of the December 2015 World Trade Organization (WTO) ministerial conference in Nairobi—the first hosted by an African nation—has been hailed as one of the most substantial pac... READ MORE

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Post-Doha trading system: Five points for African economies to consider

January 6, 2016

The package that came out of the December 2015 World Trade Organization (WTO) ministerial conference in Nairobi—the first hosted by an African nation—has been hailed as one of the most substantial pac... READ MORE

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Africa to Export Duty, Quota-Free Cotton

December 30, 2015

African countries can now export their cotton to developed countries duty-and quota-free as from January 2016 following a global deal sealed in Nairobi at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) ministeria... READ MORE

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Ministers approve Afghanistan’s WTO membership at MC10

December 17, 2015

Trade ministers unanimously welcomed Afghanistan’s WTO membership deal, which was approved at a ceremony attended by Mr Mohammad Khan Rahmani of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and Director-Genera... READ MORE

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Bridges Daily Update #3 - Technology Trade Deal Reached at Nairobi WTO Ministerial

December 16, 2015

A group of 53 WTO members negotiating a tariff-cutting agreement on information and communication technology goods reached a final deal in Nairobi, Kenya, on Wednesday evening, bringing to a close... READ MORE

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Bridges Daily Update #1 - Divides Run Deep as Ministers Arrive at Nairobi WTO Meet

December 14, 2015

Trade ministers are arriving in Nairobi, Kenya to begin their latest biennial conference, set to be held from 15-18 December. Whether the WTO meet will indeed be able to yield substantive outcomes... READ MORE

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Landmark EU-Vietnam Trade Deal Seen as Model for SE Asia

December 14, 2015

Expect to see more Vietnamese buying Italian machinery and more Austrians wearing sneakers from Vietnam, as the southeast Asian country moves closer to finalizing a trade deal with the European Union.... READ MORE

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Nairobi meeting faces questions on WTO’s ability to deliver deals

December 14, 2015

Negotiating officials at the 10th ministerial meeting of the World Trade Organization (WTO) which begins on Tuesday will be hard-pressed to show that the multilateral body can still deliver deals, ami... READ MORE

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WTO failure to adapt to trade shifts could hamstring progress at Nairobi talks

December 14, 2015

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) could miss an opportunity to advance fairer international trade at its 10th ministerial conference in Kenya this week as it struggles to respond to a growing shift t... READ MORE

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WTO Report Finds no Acceleration in Trade Restrictions but Slow Pace for Barrier Removal

December 11, 2015

WTO members have continued to show some restraint in introducing new trade-restrictive measures and have also adopted a record number of trade facilitation measures during the period of October 2014 t... READ MORE

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From Bali to Nairobi: Securing a meaningful outcome for LDCs

December 10, 2015

As trade delegates gear up for the WTO’s Tenth Ministerial Conference in Nairobi, Kenya – the first such meeting to ever be held in Africa – expectations are high that the confere... READ MORE

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E.U., Vietnam complete trade negotiations

December 3, 2015

The European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and the Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguy?n T?n D?ng announced on Dec. 3 that they had officially concluded negotiations on a Free Trade Agreement (F... READ MORE

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President’s Proposed Reorganization of Trade Agencies

December 1, 2015

On January 13, 2012, President Obama released a proposed reorganization of the federal bureaucracy, which would see the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (UST... READ MORE

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Afghanistan bid for WTO membership set for approval at Nairobi ministerial

November 20, 2015

Afghanistan has now cleared one of the final hurdles for WTO membership, with officials confirming last week that negotiations in the Working Party tasked with that process are now completed. The e... READ MORE

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TPP as inspiration for the 10th WTO Ministerial Conference in Nairobi?

November 1, 2015

At the beginning of October, 12 Pacific Rim countries agreed on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement. The TPP agreement has been hailed as a landmark trade pact, as it includes many issues th... READ MORE

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Does a Regional Trade Agreement Lessen or Exacerbate Growth Volatility?

July 1, 2015

This paper assesses how RTAs impact growth volatility on a sample of 170 countries, between 1978-2012. The findings show that the benefits outweigh the costs as RTAs are consistently associated wit... READ MORE

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Has Regional Integration Led To Greater Risk-Sharing In Asia?

July 1, 2014

This paper analyzes whether the degree of risk-sharing in East Asia has improved along with the observed rise in integration in the region. Higher risk-sharing is expected to result in (i) higher i... READ MORE

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Five Questions Answered on Africa’s Rising Economic Growth

February 1, 2014

There has been a lot of talk about Africa’s rising economic prosperity and whether it is sustainable and deeply rooted in reducing extreme poverty across the continent. So, I sat down to answ... READ MORE

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Australia’s Chairing of G20 Provides Opportunity to Reenergize Economic Reform

January 1, 2014

The Brisbane Group of 20 (G20) Leaders Summit in November will provide Australia an opportunity to inject new life into a grouping founded to broaden dialogue on international economic issues.

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Global Value Chains: The New Reality of International Trade

December 2, 2013

Global value chains have brought about important changes for the world trading system, not just in the structure and composition of trade but also in their implications for the role of the WTO. The... READ MORE

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Terms of Trade, Foreign Direct Investment, and Development: A Case of Intra-Asian “Kicking Away the ladder"?

December 1, 2013

This paper addresses in more detail the question raised in Wacker (2011b): why does foreign direct investment (FDI) generally have a positive impact on developing countries’ terms of trade ex... READ MORE

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Developing the Service Sector as an Engine of Growth for Asia

October 1, 2013

This book analyzes the current state of the region's service sector, the salient barriers to service sector development, and the prospects for the sector to serve as an engine for inclusive gro... READ MORE

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A Decade in the WTO: Implications for China and Global Trade Governance

December 16, 2011

China's 10 years of membership in the WTO has taken place against a backdrop of dynamic change in the world economy. Indeed, China's participation in the WTO and the implications of its mem... READ MORE