Trade - News and analysis

Trade - News and analysis

New strategic plan for the EIF, 2019-2022

The Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF), which is dedicated to addressing the trade capacity needs of LDCs, has a new strategic plan for the period 2019-2022. More information on the Strategic Plan here. More information on the EIF...

EU launches procedure to temporarily suspend trade preferences to Cambodia

The European Union announced on February 11, 2019, that it would start the "process that could lead to the temporary suspension of Cambodia's preferential access to the EU market under the Everything But Arms (EBA) trade...

WTO “cotton days”

Cotton, the soft and fluffy fibre that grows in bolls, is one of the world’s leading agricultural crops. It is also a commodity of particular importance for least developed countries (LDCs). Cotton has been a...

ePing continues to help countries, including LDCs, to keep track of trade export requirements

ePing is an online platform that immediately alerts those registered when new trade notifications of particular interest to them are circulated. Users can search for regulations and filter their results according to countries and...

United States GSP extended to 2020

On Friday, March 23, 2018, the President signed into law H.R. 1625, the “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018,” which extended Generalized System of Preference with retroactivity, from January 1, 2018, through December 31, 2020. Shortly after...

International support for the least developed countries: A different way?

Daniel Gay, Inter-Regional Adviser on LDCs Committee for Development Policy Secretariat Part I of this series questioned the theoretical background behind the existing international support measures for least developed countries (LDCs) and highlighted some shortcomings in...

Rethinking support measures for the least developed countries

Daniel Gay, Inter-Regional Adviser on LDCs Committee for Development Policy Secretariat Part I, below, discusses critically the theoretical background behind the existing international support measures for LDCs and asks how things have gone so far. Part...

New European Union report on the effects of its trade schemes on promoting development

A new report by the European Union (EU) on its trade schemes assesses the effects of the three-pronged Generalized System of Preference (GSP), which grants preferential market access in varying degrees to developing countries...

“Impact Assessments”: What happens when a country graduates from the LDC category?

When a country graduates from the LDC category, it no longer benefits from LDC-specific international support measures. The practical implications and significance of that change depend on numerous factors, and thus differ among countries....

Managing graduation from the LDC category: The case of the Maldives’ fish exports

by Matthias Bruckner* When the Maldives approached graduation from the least developed country (LDC) category in the 2000s, the impact of graduation on market access for fish products moved to the forefront of the debate....

What LDC graduation will mean for Bangladesh’s drugs industry

  Bangladesh’s pharmaceutical industry is unique among least developed countries (LDCs). Driven by active government policies, output has grown a thousand times since 1982, to US$2 billion, or around 1% of gross domestic product, making...

Productive capacity in LDCs

The Committee for Development Policy (CDP) has  published a policy note on Expanding Productive Capacity: Lessons Learned from Graduating Least Developed Countries.  The Policy Note analyzes the strategies and policy choices on productive capacity of 14 countries that...