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    • Resources on international trade negotiations and negotiation strategies. Includes subjects on the history and theory of negotiations and links to other sources on trade negotiations. For further examples of trade negotiations in a multilateral context please refer to the category WTO Issues/Multilateral Trading System.
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        An Advanced Guide to Trade Policy Analysis: the Structural Gravity Model (English)
        Book by WTO; UNCTAD, 2016, 144 pages
        Categories: Trade Negotiations, WTO Issues/Multilateral Trading System

        The gravity model is one of the most successful frameworks in economics. Hundreds of papers have used the gravity model to study and quantify the effects of various factors on international trade. This book guides the reader through the challenges of applying the model and provides recommendations on how to obtain reliable partial equilibrium estimates for the effects of trade policy. The book has been written by experts who have rich practical experience in this field. It is aimed at government experts engaged in trade negotiations as well as graduate students and researchers involved in trade-related study or research.

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        from Regional Economic Communities to a Continental Free Trade Area - Strategic Tools to Assist Negotiators and Agricultural Policy Design in Africa (English)
        Report by UNCTAD, 2017, 54 pages
        Categories: Globalization and Development Strategies, Trade Negotiations, Trade Related Capacity Building

        This report seeks to enhance knowledge among policymakers, experts and private sector stakeholders on essential policies and measures for establishing the CFTA and boost regional supply chains in not only agricultural commodities but also processed food products. This has been done through network analysis, which allows visualizing which country has competitive advantage over others in each trade agreement or regional context, as well as highlight overlapping regional agreements and identify trade hubs within Africa. It then carries out a specific analysis of agricultural products identified in the Abuja declaration and in other literature sources as being of interest. The ultimate purpose of this work is to inform African policy-makers with strategic tools to assist trade negotiations and agricultural policy design. Its focus is on the eight Regional Economic Communities that exist in Africa, as they do not only constitute key building blocks for economic integration, but are also important actors working in collaboration with the AU in ensuring peace and stability in their regions.

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        G20 Policies and Export Performance of Least Developed Countries (English)
        Discussion paper by Nicita, Alessandro and Seiermann, Julia/UNCTAD, 2017, 34 pages
        Categories: Globalization and Development Strategies, Policy Reviews and Briefs, Trade Negotiations

        This volume of the Policy Issues in International Trade and Commodities Research Study Series provides an overview and analysis of G20 trade policies, in particular tariffs and non-tariff measures, and provides suggestions on how they could be improved to increase the export competitiveness of LDCs. It finds that G20 tariffs remain restrictive in several sectors of importance for LDCs. More importantly, the results indicate that the G20 countries’ regulatory frameworks and the corresponding non-tariff measures (NTMs) alter relative competitiveness to the advantage of exporters that are capable of efficient compliance with NTMs, therefore penalizing exports originating in LDCs. The paper concludes with recommendations and suggests progress in Aid for Trade initiatives and increases in technical assistance programmes, both on bilateral and multilateral levels will help minimize LDCs' costs of compliance with NTMs and facilitate the integration of LDCs in the global economy.

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        Robots and Industrialization in Developing Countries (English)
        Discussion paper by UNCTAD, 2016, 4 pages
        Categories: Globalization and Development Strategies, Science and Technology, Trade Negotiations

        This publication, Robots and Industrialization in Developing Countries, discusses the contribution of advanced technologies on the manufacturing sector. It analysis trends on commodity growth and financial inflows with industrialization, with a primary focus on Africa and Latin America. It further summarizes the move towards the use of robots on developing countries in terms of its impacts and policy implications.