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    Issue 02/2015

    Sowing the seeds of food security

    Few so-called superfoods have received as much attention as quinoa in recent years. Originating from and grown mostly in South America, it is hailed for its nutritional value and for being easily cultivated in different climatic and agricultural conditions...

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    01.07.2015

    Africa is the world’s least integrated region in terms of internal trade flows. Trade among African countries has for decades hovered at around 10% of the continent’s total – well below Europe’s 70%, Asia’s 50%, or even Latin America’s 20%. Research...

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    01.07.2015

    World Bank boosts electricity programme in West AfricaThe World Bank Group has pledged US$200 million for the construction of a regional energy transmission network among the Western African countries of the Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau and Senegal. The...

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    01.07.2015

    Non-tariff barriers and trade restrictions in developing countries did not figure much in the Millennium Development Goals and this continues to be the case in discussions on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.The Open Working Group...

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    01.07.2015

    Few so-called superfoods have received as much attention as quinoa in recent years. Originating from and grown mostly in South America, it is hailed for its nutritional value and for being easily cultivated in different climatic and agricultural conditions. For...

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    01.07.2015

    Energy ministers of the Group of Seven (G7) industrialized nations recently signed a joint statement on energy security. Its fundamental principle was that energy security is a common responsibility.A given nation relies on neighbouring countries...

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    01.07.2015

    ITC is helping connect India with East African markets. That’s a win-win solution for traders on both sides of the Indian Ocean, writes Susanna Pak

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    01.07.2015

    Africa recently took what many hoped will be a giant leap towards better regional integration among countries across the continent. Leaders from 26 African countries meeting in the Egyptian seaside town of Sharm el Sheik on 10 June signed an agreement...

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    01.07.2015

    Regional trading arrangements (RTAs) have been around for centuries and preceded the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), which made explicit provision for customs unions and free-trade areas. The number of RTAs notified to the World...

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    01.07.2015

    he world economy is increasingly integrated, a development marked by the dominance of global and regional value chains. This has been accompanied by a proliferation of bilateral, regional, mega-regional and cross-regional economic cooperation agreements and...

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    01.07.2015

    The ambitions of a young Ugandan entrepreneur to expand his coffee processing business will soon be within reach. East Africa’s accelerated integration process is opening up possibilities that were unthinkable not long ago. In a couple of years...

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    01.07.2015

    Time matters for trade and its importance is likely to grow because of increasingly segmented production chains across countries and lean retailing, among other reasons.* Especially critical is the effectiveness of public entities that affect the...

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    01.07.2015

    Intra-African trade, especially with Nigeria and South Africa, is growing at a robust pace. It increased more than fivefold in 1995-2012 from US$27.9 billion to US$148.9 billion. However, given that intra-African trade remains the lowest in the...

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    01.07.2015

    Recent developments in world trade regulation increasingly exhibit a focus on mega-regional trade agreements and other processes of inter- and intra-regional economic integration. These dynamics span advanced, emerging, less developed countries and...

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    01.07.2015

    Regional integration continues to occupy the minds of many leaders in Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) regions, indicating there is significant political will to move this agenda forward. International institutions and agencies are working closely with...

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    01.07.2015

    The importance of infrastructure with regard to regional integration remains doubtless in Africa. Past efforts at regional integration have focused on removing barriers to free trade, increasing the free movement of people, labour, goods and capital across...

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    01.07.2015

    The official beginning of the One ASEAN Community is almost here – we are only a few months away – yet so much still remains to be done to establish true regional integration. In the case of travel in the region, discussions have been held and some...

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    01.07.2015

    Indian demand for leather goods outstrips supply. A solution to the shortage lies just across the ocean: partnering with East African businesses, which have materials to meet the need and a desire to upgrade their countries’ leather sector.This...

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    01.07.2015

    Upcoming ITC events26 June 49th annual meeting of ITC Joint Advisory Group, Geneva1-3 September Women’s Vendor Forum and Exhibition, São Paolo 1 October Second ITC Trade for Sustainable Development forum opening session, Geneva 20-21 October World...

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