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Trade Competitiveness Diagnostic Toolkit

Capture.PNGTrade Competitiveness Diagnostic Toolkit is a publication of the World Bank. It provides a framework and analytical instruments that can be used to undertake a systematic assessment of a country’s position, performance, and capabilities in export markets.

 The toolkit also facilitates the identification of the main constraints to improved trade competitiveness and the policy responses to overcome these constraints.

 It is a valuable resource for policy makers, practitioners, and analysts who are engaged in policy analysis related to trade, investment, and private sector development.

Inclusive Growth and Development Report 2017

Capture.PNGThe Inclusive Growth and Development Report 2017 is a publication of the World Economic Forum. It seeks to improve our understanding of how countries can use a diverse spectrum of policy incentives, and institutional mechanisms to make economic growth more socially inclusive without dampening incentives to work, save and invest.

The report presents a new global index, the Inclusive Development Index (IDI), providing a richer and more distinct assessment of countries’ level of economic development than the conventional one based GPD per capita alone.

It also provides a policy framework showing the many factors that can drive a more inclusive growth process.

East African Community Common Market Protocol Reform Update December 2016.

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East African Community Common Market Protocol Reform Update December 2016 is a publication of the East Africa Trade and Investment Hub.It gives a summary of the observable positive impact from partial reforms focusing on easing foreign exchange controls and investment ceilings for foreign investors.

The publication also highlights how capital controls restricted several foreign investment opportunities in Tanzania; and how the new measures adopted by Tanzania proves that new opportunities have been created for foreign investment for both foreign investors and Tanzanian residents.

Visit the Knowledge Center for this Reform Update and more

 

East African Common Market Scorecard 2016: Tracking EAC Compliance in the movement of Capital, Services and Goods

Capture5.PNGEast African Common Market Scorecard 2016: Tracking EAC Compliance in the movement of Capital, Services and Goods is a co-publication of The World Bank, International Finance Corporation and the East African Community Secretariat.

It examines selected commitments made by Partner States, outlines progress in removing East African legislative and regulatory restrictions to complying with the Protocol, and recommends reform measures. In doing so, it allows Partner States to identify key areas for improvement and, along with the EAC Secretariat and development partners, chart a path to eliminate remaining barriers to a fuller regional market.

It is expected that the Scorecard will continue to contribute to better compliance of commitments under the Protocol, helping boost firm competitiveness and spur gains for all East Africans. 

Innovation, Competitiveness and Regional Integration

Capture.PNGAssessing Regional Integration in Africa is a joint publication of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), the African Union Commission (AUC) and the African Development Bank (AfDB). It examines how regional integration, innovation and competitiveness are interlinked in the African context, and how countries can harness their links in a model that fosters structural change.

The report also aims to shed light on innovation and competitiveness in the broader context of development policy and strategy in Africa.

 

SME Competitiveness Outlook 2016

Capture.PNGSME Competitiveness Outlook 2016: Meeting the Standard for Trade is a report of the International Trade Center (ITC).It focuses on the role of standards and regulations in increasing the competitiveness of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs). The report combines data analysis, academic insights, thought leader opinions and case studies to provide guidance for policymakers, SME managers and standard setters.

It also discusses various standards, and provides both general insights into the impact of standards and regulations on SME competitiveness. The report further provides targeted insights into specific channels through which individual standards and regulations affect SMEs.

It is a useful resource in providing strategies for SME managers on how to select and implement standards and regulations.

EAC Common Market Updates: Tracking Kenya’s Compliance to the EACC Common Market Protocol

EAC__Common_Market_Update.PNGEAC Common Market Updates: Tracking Kenya’s Compliance to the EACC Common Market Protocol is a presentation of the East Africa Trade and Investment Hub and the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA).

It highlights the East African Community (EAC) Partner states’ commitment in accelerating the implementation of the EAC Common Market Protocol. It also details the implementation status of the EAC partner states’ commitments and how the EAC’s economy compares with that of its peers. 

The presentation concludes by giving recommendations on implementation test for bills and draft regulations, development of notification and transparency procedures, putting private sector at the center of implementation efforts as well as on strong partnerships for communications in support of the protocol.

Role of Trade in Ending Poverty

Role_of_Trade_in_Ending_Poverty.PNGThe Role of Trade in Ending Poverty is a joint publication of the World Bank Group (WBG) and the World Trade Organization (WTO). It highlights how trade can contribute to the Sustainable Development Goal of ending extreme poverty by 2030.

The publication explores how sustained efforts to lower trade costs and integrating global markets can maximize the gains for the extreme poor. It also offers strategies on how to support further integration of the poor into global trade by lowering trade costs in a way that maximizes the gains and minimizes the risks.

It is a useful resource in offering interrelated and complementary areas of policy for maximizing the gains of trade opportunities for the poor.

Trade Policy and Food Security: Improving Access to Food in Developing Countries in the Wake of High World Prices

Capture.PNGTrade Policy and Food Security: Improving Access to Food in Developing Countries in the Wake of High World Prices is a publication of the World Bank. It explores the impact of food prices on economic welfare, and how the effect of price changes on food security and economic welfare in developing countries can be mitigated through appropriate national policies at the border.

The publication also draws on examples of best (and worst) practice from around the world to assess the role of trade policy, trade facilitation, and logistics in enhancing both national and global food security.

It is a valuable resource in providing guidance on discussing the drivers of high world food prices, the factors that determine the transmission of world food prices to domestic markets, and the key barriers to trade in food for developing countries.

Investment Policies and Bilateral Investment Treaties in Africa: Implications for Regional Integration

Capture.PNGInvestment Policies and Bilateral Investment Treaties in Africa is a publication of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA).The publication discusses and contribute to the policy dialogue on the experience with Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs) in Africa. It also gives highlights on the risks that restrict countries’ policy space and legitimate public policy making.

The report offers informed lessons on how governments should approach and craft future international investment agreements, including regional models. It further points out that in undertaking this process, the goal should be to minimize costly disputes, and allow countries policy space to pursue their national and regional transformation objectives.