Services trade through the GVC lens: lessons for Africa

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4,
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1
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3 February 2015
3 February 2015
Much of today’s trade comprises intermediate goods and services that travel from economy to economy before becoming part of a final product. Tasks are outsourced and offshored to wherever they can be most efficiently performed. This fragmented production is often referred to as “trade in tasks.”...
3 February 2015
Today, services are imbricated not only with traded goods, but also with a number of other variables such as value chains, technology and investments. This article takes a fresh look at what services trade means for developing countries taking the case of Latin America for example. Trade policy and...
3 February 2015
This article considers the various factors that drive competitiveness in services, a critical but often overlooked part of global value chains. In value-added terms, services now account for nearly half of world trade, yet too few African developing countries are taking advantage of the new...
3 February 2015
As efforts to launch a Continental Free Trade Area this year are underway this article reflects on what it would take to make it work effectively. Following the recent African Union (AU) Trade Ministers Conference held in Addis Ababa from 4-5 December 2014, we consider it opportune to discuss what...
3 February 2015
The ACP group is getting defunct and fast losing traction, political clout and bargaining power in global governance. Structural challenges remain but high-level reforms could create a new way forward. A lot of soul-searching has taken place within the ACP group over the years about the relevance...
3 February 2015
The ACP-EU partnership is still a relevant form of development cooperation but needs to evolve to adapt to a changing global context. This invited article is a response to “A reality check on the ACP-EU partnership: Can it be revitalised?” by Geert Laporte. The article " A reality check on the ACP-...
3 February 2015
Which support should public authorities provide to the private sector in ACP countries to enable the use of origin branding and legal protection tools like geographical indications (GIs)? There is a growing interest in identifying specific successful strategies for the marketing of products whose...
3 February 2015
[This is the short version of a longer article ] African countries should translate their regional integration projects into real action on the ground, especially given today’s rapidly evolving landscape of international trade regulation, African Union (AU) trade ministers said following a 4-5...
3 February 2015
Delegates welcomed the work of a dedicated UN group to craft a list of proposed sustainable development goals (SDGs) to include in a new agenda. The talks also addressed possible key messages that should be included in an eventual declaration on the post-2015 development agenda, scheduled to be...
3 February 2015
West Africa implements CET Regional Integration has taken a new step in West Africa as 15 States of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have started to implement the Common External Tariff (CET). Through the entry into force of the CET, the countries of this region are...
3 February 2015
The United States 2014 Farm Bill and its Implications for Cotton Producers in Low-income Developing Countries – United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) – January 2015 The report discusses the trends in United States cotton production and exports; describes the 2014 Farm Bill and...