Trade policy

November 20, 2019 - Trudi Hartzenberg

The AfCFTA – a free trade area and a flagship project of the African Union

Despite impressive progress in the negotiations, it is still not possible to trade under the AfCFTA as the negotiations of preferential tariff concessions and rules of origin have not been completed.

November 05, 2019 - Brendan Vickers, Hilary Enos-Edu

How trade can assist least developed countries hit by natural disasters

Many least developed countries are vulnerable to recurrent natural disasters, which exacerbate existing challenges, disrupt long-term investments and divert resources away from development to reconstruction.

October 31, 2019 - Daniel Gay, Kevin P. Gallagher

For the least developed countries, revitalising multilateralism is life or death

The international system governing the environment and economy is under pressure, but it is in trade where least developed countries (LDCs) may lose most from cracks in the global order.

October 30, 2019 - Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF)

EIF covering environment, 4IR and global trade climate in new analyses

The Enhanced Integrated Framework’s Trade for Development News is launching a new series of articles focusing on three major trade conversations happening today.

October 29, 2019 - Michelle Kovacevic

Change in mindset sees Vanuatu become rising star of economic development

Vanuatu became a member of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) back in 2012, and has made immense economic progress.

October 16, 2019 - Simon J. Evenett

2019’s other nasty trade policy surprise

With the spotlight on the Sino-US tariff war, a worrying trade policy dynamic implicating many countries has been overlooked.

October 14, 2019 - Deanna Ramsay

Tackling Uganda’s trade potential

From research to action, Uganda focusing on facilitation to spur economy and create jobs

April 23, 2019 - Daria Shatskova, Deanna Ramsay

For LDC exporters and EU importers, getting back to origins

Digital system set to streamline procedures for trade from LDCs to the EU

January 28, 2019 - Deanna Ramsay

Aligning agriculture and trade

In countries where farming sustains families and economies, sustainable trade in agricultural products means everything

October 15, 2018 - Deanna Ramsay

Christina Chatima: On using trade as an engine for growth

Increasing agricultural proceeds, processing and marketing are critical in Malawi’s development plans

August 26, 2018 - Deanna Ramsay

Malawi reaping what it's sowing

Targeting soy and groundnuts for export, the country and its farmers are seeing rewards

August 14, 2018 - Deanna Ramsay

The Gambia sounding out its agricultural potential

With cashew prices surging and armed with solid trade policy, the country is looking to boost its farmers and processors

August 13, 2018 - Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF)

Comoros making scents

Three tiny, volcanic Indian Ocean islands are producing 60% of the world's supply of ylang-ylang

August 09, 2018 -

Trading for Malawi's farmers, and the future

Malawi's farmers have been cultivating new crops with the National Smallholder Farmers' Association of Malawi, supported by the Government of Malawi and EIF

July 27, 2018 - Daria Shatskova

Daniel Gay: The long and winding road to LDC graduation

The EIF’s Daria Shatskova talks development in the world’s poorest countries with UNDESA’s Daniel Gay

June 08, 2018 - Michelle Kovacevic, Mbaye Ndiaye

Study provides roadmap for Mauritania’s diversification

A study published two years ago — the Diagnostic Trade Integration Study (DTIS) update — has helped to push forward the Islamic Republic of Mauritania’s reform agenda, by providing a roadmap for how the small African and Arab country can strategically diversify its exports to grow its wealth and reduce poverty

April 25, 2018 - WTO

WTO reports improved notification of preferential rules of origin for Least Developed Countries

Those countries granting preferences to LDC imports often condition the benefits on the imports meeting minimum "LDC content" as set out under their rules of origin schemes

April 09, 2018 - Lynsey Grosfield

Intra-African trade gets streamlined: What does this mean for Least Developed Countries?

Forty-four African countries have signed on to an African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), twenty-eight of which are among the world’s Least Developed Countries (LDCs)

March 13, 2018 - Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF)

WTO issues call for papers for 2018 Essay Award for Young Economists

The WTO has issued a call for young economists to submit papers for the 2018 WTO Essay Award. The award aims to promote high-quality research on trade policy and international trade co-operation and to reinforce the relationship between the WTO and the academic community.

March 12, 2018 - Deanna Ramsay

Shifting nature of trade talks could make a mark on developing countries

In scales and makeup of trade negotiations, for Least Developed Countries (LDCs) there is more than meets the eye

March 03, 2018 - Michelle Kovacevic

Changes needed to Tanzania’s business environment, study says

A new study for Tanzania — the Diagnostic Trade Integration Study (DTIS) update — highlights opportunities for developing and improving trade opportunities for Tanzanian businesses and investors.

January 25, 2018 - Simon Hess, Michelle Kovacevic

Training the next generation of trade negotiators in Zambia

You may not expect a graduate of an arts degree to say that a trade policy course was their favourite subject, but if you ask Zondwayo Duma from Zambia, that’s exactly what he’ll tell you

January 16, 2018 - Michelle Kovacevic

How Cambodia became ‘famous’ for its trade strategy

The year is 2017 and Cambodia has stepped into a role that has been out of its reach for years — the voice of the 47 Least Developed Countries (LDCs) at the Word Trade Organization.

November 11, 2017 - Ratnakar Adhikari, Joe Natuman

Tourism as a way to lift the Pacific out of poverty

Originally published by Thomson Reuters Foundation News

July 26, 2017 - Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF)

Placing Least Developed Countries at the helm of promoting effective trade for development

Aid for Trade Trade policy

Key insights from the event titled "The EIF: Championing Change Through Inclusive Trade," held on the side-lines of the Global Review of Aid for Trade at the World Trade Organization in Geneva from 11 to 13 July 2017.

February 24, 2016 - Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF)

Public and private partners, donors and international agencies agree on a roadmap for Ethiopia's stronger integration into global trade

Representatives of the national Government, public and private institutions, donors and international organizations met in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 23 to 24 February 2016 for a two‑day workshop to discuss the results of the Update of the Diagnostic Trade Integration Study (DTIS) for Ethiopia and validate the priority actions to address opportunities and constraints for Ethiopia's better integration into the global trading system.

March 06, 2014 - Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF)

Improved trade policies in fish sectors could address gender inequalities

New UNCTAD-EIF study of the fisheries sector in The Gambia shows trade policies have to be inclusive if they are to reduce poverty