Publications and Resources

5 July 2018

Crafting a Framework on Investment Facilitation – ICTSD – June 2018

A coalition of over 70 WTO members endorsed a Joint Ministerial Statement on Investment Facilitation for Development during the global trade club’s 11th Ministerial Conference. The statement outlined the group’s interest in exploring more “structured discussions” on the issue, with the objective of crafting a “multilateral framework on investment facilitation.” Given this development, this policy brief aims to provide context to the investment facilitation discussion, both inside the WTO and externally, along with mapping issues and options for interested members to consider going forward.

Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in the Least Developed Countries – UNCTAD – June 2018

This Compendium reviews the policy recommendations derived from the analytical reports produced by UNCTAD’s Division for Africa, Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Special Programmes over the past 14 years. It is primarily addressed to LDC policymakers, as an easily accessible reference, offering a comprehensive and coherent set of policy options which LDC governments may consider in their challenging undertaking of achieving the Sustainables Development Goals (SDGs).

The African Continental Free Trade Area: The Day After the Kigali Summit – UNCTAD – June 2018

At a time when trade is questioned in some parts of the world, and after more than two years of negotiations among members of the African Union, African leaders gathered in Kigali on 21 March 2018 and signed an agreement establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). This policy brief examines the expectations for the AfCFTA and outlines areas that require prompt action by African nations for the agreement to deliver on its expectations.

The Rising Potential of e-Commerce for Trade and Development in Africa – TRALAC – May 2018

This paper examines the role of electronic commerce (e-commerce) and related Information and Communication Technology services (ICTs) in the furthering of trade and development in Africa. It begins with a discussion of how ICTs can drive development through creating new, accessible models of trade. The analysis then examines readiness for business-to-consumer and business-to-business electronic trade, as well as indicators of overall Internet penetration, technology adoption, postal reliability and credit card uptake across the continent.

Fisheries Subsidies Rules at the WTO: A Compilation of Evidence and Analysis – ICTSD – April 2018

At the WTO’s Eleventh Ministerial Conference in December 2017, ministers adopted a Decision on Fisheries Subsidies directing negotiators to continue talks with a view to adopting an agreement by 2019, the year of the next ministerial conference. The ministerial decision also specifically re-commits WTO members to implementing their existing notification obligations in order to strengthen transparency of the subsidies provided to fishing. The papers in this compilation aim to respond to some of the technical and legal questions the negotiations have brought up.

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