Enabling Trade: From Valuation to Action. The World Economic Forum Enabling Trade: From Valuation to Action report looks at how to accelerate reform. It concentrates on sectoral, regional and functional areas where the positive impacts of supply chain facilitation could be greatest, or where momentum for change is building.
The Global Enabling Trade Report 2014. Published every two years, by the World Economic Forum the Global Enabling Trade Report assesses the quality of institutions; policies and services facilitating the free flow of goods over borders and to their destinations. At the core of the report, the Enabling Trade Index benchmarks the performance of 138 economies in four critical areas: market access; border administration; transport and communications infrastructure; regulatory and business environment. The report helps economies integrate global value chains and companies into their investment decisions. It informs policy dialogue and provides a tool to monitor progress on certain aspects of global trade.
Mega-regional Trade Agreements: Game-Changers or Costly Distractions for the World Trading System? Mega-regional Trade Agreements: Game-Changers or Costly Distractions for the World Trading System is a report by the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Trade & Foreign Direct Investment. In continuing with the aim to inform the policy debate on critical issues to shape the global trade agenda, the objective of this document is to explore the impact mega-regionals may have on countries that are not part of the negotiations. It highlights opportunities and challenges in promoting the coexistence of these agreements – should they come to fruition – with the multilateral trading system.
Enabling Trade: Increasing the Potential of Trade Reforms.World Economic Forum research has determined that the measures to streamline border administration spelled out in the Trade Facilitation Agreement and other trade agreements are not enough. Improvements in infrastructure, the business environment and market access are also needed to create globally competitive industries. Enabling Trade: Increasing the Potential of Trade Reforms looks at these elements of trade, examining the gaps and potential improvements that governments can make in collaboration with the private sector.
The International Trade Centre (ITC) and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern(COMESA) to step up cooperation with a view to boosting intra-African trade. Read more. Source|tralac
Gender Dimensions of Trade Facilitation and Logistics a report by the World Bank's International Trade Department demonstrates why gender matters for trade facilitation and logistics and how gender dimensions can be integrated into trade facilitation and logistics initiatives.
In a statement, released yesterday, the Minister for EAC Affairs, Amb Valentine Rugwabiza, said the new financing mechanisms are expected to be presented as per a directive by the Summit in November 2013 that tasked the Council of Ministers to present a report on alternative financing mechanisms, including the option of one per cent of imports from outside EAC. Read more. Source|NewTimes Rwanda.
Experts in Uganda say that a connected modern railway system in East Africa is important for the region to reduce expensive transport costs and enhance the region’s trade competitiveness.In a recent interview with Xinhua, Elly Twineyo Kamugisha, an economist and author of a book "Why Africa Fails," said if the railway project is completed, it will be a major milestone in promoting regional trade. Read more. Source|CoastWeek.com
Employers and the trade union fraternity in Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi and Tanzania want the Arusha-based East African Community (EAC) to speedily and fully implement the Common Market Protocol.The East African Trade Union Confederation (EATUC) and the East African Employers Association (EAEO) are taking the issue a notch higher by calling for the removal of all barriers in a bid to promote free movement of workers in the region. Read more. Source|DailyNews
Financing for infrastructure projects will be high on the agenda at the East Africa Community Heads of State Summit in Nairobi this week,during which Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta is scheduled to hand over the chair to Tanzania’s President Jakaya Kikwete. Read more. Source|The EastAfrican