Publications and resources

17 Mai 2017

Trade in Services Negotiations: A Southern African Perspective – ICTSD – May 2017

This paper explores the regional and international services negotiating landscape that impacts on the countries of the COMESA-EAC-SADC region. It also delves into how services negotiations can be harnessed to drive sustainable development outcomes for the region’s least developed and low income countries. After highlighting current trends, the structure of negotiations, and challenges and opportunities for Africa’s least developed countries, the author recommends a set of strategic policy responses that could be applied to enhance the utilisation of the services sector for developmental purposes.


Advancing Sustainable Development Through Services Regulation – ICTSD – May 2017
This paper lays out the legitimate reasons for regulatory intervention in services sectors; examines the ways in which appropriate services regulation can facilitate the achievement of sustainable development objectives; discusses the interface between domestic regulation and services trade; and provides examples of the impact of competitiveness-enhancing regulatory frameworks. It concludes with a set of principles and tools that can be used to evaluate the impact of services regulations.


Negotiating Global Rules on Agricultural Domestic Support: Options for the WTO's Buenos Aires Ministerial Conference – ICTSD – April 2017

This paper analyses various options for negotiating agricultural domestic support, drawing on ideas that have been put forward at the WTO. It examines the implications of various approaches for countries’ actual support levels as well as for their maximum permitted ceilings under WTO rules. Finally, the paper looks in particular at those products that are especially important to low-income countries to conclude its analysis.


Agricultural Policies, Trade and Sustainable Development in Egypt – ICTSD – April 2017

This country-specific study analyses Egypt’s agricultural sector and its performance over time. It identifies various constraints to increasing production and exports, and examines the key role of trade in inclusive agricultural development. The paper also presents a number of recommendations for changes in trade policy that could help enhance food security, raise rural incomes and promote sustainability in the country’s agricultural sector.


WTO: Agricultural Issues for Africa – TRALAC – April 2017

This book focuses on the agriculture trade talks at the WTO. It examines the current proposals associated with the agricultural pillar of the Doha Development Agenda (DDA) and assesses what a successful agreement might mean for African agriculture. It focuses on the three keys themes that are core to agriculture in the WTO; those of domestic supports, market access, and export incentives. Recognising that the WTO is about more than just these core themes, it introduces many other aspects in different chapters to assess the WTO’s relevance to African agriculture.

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