Annual Reports

July 18th, 2016|

Ending Poverty Through Trade

03 Jun, 2015 David Abney, CEO of UPS on "How free trade can bring prosperity to people across the world." The playwright George Bernard Shaw once wrote that poverty is “the greatest of evils and [...]

June 3rd, 2015|

G20 – commitment to open trade reaffirmed, but actions speak louder than words

In 2014, G20 members stated that they would focus on how trade contributes to economic growth and on ways to boost global trade. There is widespread acknowledgement that since G20 members represent around three-quarters of [...]

December 10th, 2014|

WTO Public Forum: Why Trade Matters to Everyone

Last week the World Trade Organisation held its annual Public Forum under the theme “Why trade matters to everyone”, aiming to tell the human story behind trade. The three day event showcased the myriad connections [...]

October 9th, 2014|

“Women in Trade – ITC 50th Anniversary Seminar Statement from Arancha Gonzalez

Statement by the Executive Director at the House of Commons, 10 September 2014 Rt. Honourable Peter Lilley, Ladies and Gentlemen, It is a great honour for me to speak here today at the House of Commons [...]

September 12th, 2014|

Green Goods Deal Launched at WTO

A group of 14 WTO members formally launched negotiations last week for a new agreement aimed at liberalising trade in environmental goods. Through this planned Environmental Goods Agreement (EGA), the group hopes to “achieve our [...]

July 14th, 2014|

G7 Reaffirm Commitment to Trade as a Development Tool

he G7 reaffirmed their commitment to a free and open global trading system at their summit in Brussels, 4-5 June. The opening paragraph of the communique states that these nations “believe in open economies, open [...]

June 18th, 2014|

African Trade Ministers Discuss EPAs, AGOA and Post-Bali Agenda

The October deadline for African countries to conclude their Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) with the EU took centre stage at a meeting of African Union (AU) trade ministers last week in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with [...]

May 13th, 2014|

4th EU-Africa Summit: “Investing in People, Prosperity and Peace”

Trade was high on the agenda at the Fourth EU-Africa Summit, held in Brussels last week. European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said that the time had come for a “shift from development cooperation to [...]

April 9th, 2014|

Trade Policy and the post-2015 Agenda

by Alice Tipping, ICTSD With the expiry of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) coming up in 2015, the UN is in the process of pulling together a post-2015 global development agenda. The final outcome is [...]

March 19th, 2014|

MPs Debate Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

John Healey recently secured a Backbench debate in the Commons to consider the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership between the EU and US. He began by emphasising the sheer scale of the deal, which would [...]

March 6th, 2014|

“Thinking Small in Private Sector Development” – Keynote speech by Rt Hon Alan Duncan

I’d like to thank the Trade Out of Poverty group and the Parliamentary Friends of CAFOD for inviting me to speak here today. I’m very pleased to be part of this discussion on the role [...]

February 27th, 2014|

US Farm Bill 2014 – Beginning to Reform US Food Aid

After years of delay, the US Senate has approved the 2014 Farm Bill and President Obama has signed it into law. The reforms to US international food aid, though not as far reaching as originally [...]

February 12th, 2014|

West Africa and EU finally complete 10 year EPA negotiations

Original article by Isabelle Ramdoo and an Bilal on ECPDM After 10 years of tough negotiations, on 24th January 2014, West African and European Commission (EC) negotiators reached a major breakthrough on what will be the first regional economic [...]

January 30th, 2014|

The Future of Aid

Summary and Conclusions The word ‘aid’ should carry with it a number of health warnings.  Bilateral aid will focus increasingly on fragile, badly governed and insecure countries.  But as the number of those countries diminishes, [...]

December 19th, 2013|

WTO Bali Deal – What Does it Actually Mean for Developing Countries?

In his pre-Ministerial call to action, WTO Director-General Roberto Azevedo said, “Not a single human being living in poverty anywhere in the world will be better off if we fail in Bali.” In the early [...]

December 13th, 2013|

Unlocking Trade in LDCs: Making sure African and Asian economies benefit from a new WTO Agreement on Trade Facilitation

TOP joined a select group of 40 trade facilitation and development experts from developing countries, the private sector, academia and donor agencies in London on the 21st of November to review the state of play [...]

December 4th, 2013|

What could the WTO Ministerial Deliver?

The WTO’s 9th Ministerial Conference in Bali, 3-6 December 2013, aims to deliver on three key strands: Trade Facilitation, a few agricultural elements including export subsidies and specific issues relating to cotton, and items of [...]

November 26th, 2013|

Commonwealth Heads of Government Show Commitment to Free and Fair Trading System

The leaders of the Commonwealth member states signed the Kotte Statement on International Trade and Investment at the end of their 3 day summit last week. The Commonwealth accounts for a fifth of world trade [...]

November 25th, 2013|

10 policy priorities

As the proposed new EU Trade Commissioner, Cecilia Malmström, prepares for her hearing with the International Trade Committee this afternoon, Trade Out of Poverty have published 10 policy priorities asking her to recognise that trade [...]

November 8th, 2013|

“Women and Trade in Africa: Realising the Potential” – a New World Bank Study

There is enormous potential for African countries to increase their trade both with the global market and with each other. Regional trade in Africa can play a vital role in diversifying economies away from raw [...]

November 8th, 2013|

Global Agriculture System: Protecting the Rich and Punishing the Poor

Despite the UN development goal to eliminate world hunger by 2015, tariff rules imposed by the World Trade Organisation continue to allow rich countries to shell out vast agricultural subsidies whilst penalising farmers in developing [...]

October 7th, 2013|

WTO Members in “Final Countdown” for Bali Ministerial

Azevêdo: main Geneva negotiations should be done by end-October With just ten weeks to go until the WTO’s ministerial conference in Bali members have spent the last month feverishly working to prepare a final set [...]

October 1st, 2013|

China Emerging as an Unlikely Champion of Free Trade

During the past month China seems to have emerged as a perhaps unlikely vocal champion of both free trade and the multilateral system. Local developments such as the imminent opening of a Shanghai free-trade zone [...]

September 23rd, 2013|

AGOA must be renewed before 2015 deadline to reassure investors and encourage combined approach to trade and development

The African Opportunities Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA), which came into being in May 2000, is the defining pillar of US/African trade relations. President Clinton originally created the law for an 8 year period, which [...]

August 9th, 2013|

Aid for Trade and our commitment to MDGs

By Alasdair Charnock WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy introduced a report yesterday at the Third Global Review of Aid for Trade in Geneva which documented that the amount of money given to promote and foster trade [...]

July 22nd, 2013|

Aid for Trade Global Review July 2013

The aid for trade initiative was launched in Hong Kong in 2005 and is now worth $40 billion per year. The UK provides around $1.4 billion of support per year. Figures released for this Review [...]

July 22nd, 2013|

Obama and Greening Push Trade up the Development Agenda

During his recent trip to Africa, President Obama launched “Trade Africa”. This new partnership between the US and sub-Saharan Africa aims to increase internal and regional trade within Africa, and expand trade and economic ties [...]

July 16th, 2013|

The G8 and trade – Empty Promises?

When David Cameron announced that trade was to be a top priority at the G8 Summit there was hope that this meeting would kick-start the global free trade agenda, paving the way for a successful [...]

June 21st, 2013|

New TRIPS extension for LDCs, but as another WTO milestone is missed can G8 revitalise global trade agenda for world’s poorest?

WTO members agreed this week to extend the transition period for least developed countries (LDCs) to implement the organisation’s rules on intellectual property rights until July 2021. The current extension period was due to end [...]

June 17th, 2013|

32 Parliamentarians sign open letter to WTO TRIPS Council – “let poor countries continue to buy life-saving drugs at affordable prices”

Open Letter to the Chair of the Council on Trade Related Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS): Alfredo Suescum, Ambassador of Panama to the World Trade Organisation Dear Ambassador Suescum, We call on the members of the [...]

June 10th, 2013|

Ending Poverty Through Trade

David Abney, CEO of UPS on "How free trade can bring prosperity to people across the world." The playwright George Bernard Shaw once wrote that poverty is “the greatest of evils and the worst of [...]

June 3rd, 2013|

UN High Level Panel Misses Key Opportunity to Prioritise Trade as Development Tool

The UN High Level Panel has published its long awaited report, setting out recommendations for the post-2015 development agenda. While there are still two year’s left to negotiate the final framework, this important document fails [...]

May 31st, 2013|

Africa on the Rise? Economic Growth Must Lead to Poverty Reduction

The Overseas Development Institute hosted a roundtable discussion in parliament this week, entitled “Africa Risen?” Inspired to continue the debate over Africa’s progress that Oliver August resuscitated with his special report for the Economist, ‘Africa [...]

May 17th, 2013|

How Can Africa Deliver on its Promise?

In March this year, the 2013 edition of the Economic Report on Africa stated that African countries had the opportunity to transform their economies through a commodity-based industrialization strategy that would see the continent begin [...]

May 13th, 2013|

Could a Trans-Atlantic Trade Deal Reinvigorate Doha?

On average, poor countries that opened their markets to trade and investment have grown more than three times faster than those that kept their markets closed. No country has prospered by sealing itself off from [...]

April 29th, 2013|

Lamy Warns “Rapid Acceleration” Required to Ensure Results at Bali WTO Ministerial

WTO members are working to extract an abridged package of deliverables from the Doha Round, which was formally declared at an impasse in December 2011, which would include an agreement on trade facilitation, plus components [...]

April 18th, 2013|

Is Doha Still the Best Way to Go?

In the absence of agreement on the Doha round of trade talks, Asia has embarked on a host of bilateral and region-to-region trading arrangements which have increased trade complexity. Pushan Dutt, Associate Professor of Economics [...]

April 12th, 2013|

MPs Debate Post-2015 Development Agenda

By David Brockway A recent backbench business debate arranged by Hugh Bayley MP and attended by the Secretary of State for the Department for International Development, Alan Duncan, highlighted the importance of promoting open trade [...]

April 2nd, 2013|

The WTO must focus on the developing world and make Trade Facilitation a reality in 2013

The last week has seen both the EU and, more surprisingly, China emerge as vocal supporters of a Trade Facilitation Deal for the WTO. This deal will be negotiated at the WTO Ministerial in Bali [...]

March 15th, 2013|

Lamy: WTO Members Must “Run Faster” to Reach Bali Finish Line

With just nine months until the WTO ministerial conference in December in Bali, members have been urged to “shift to a higher gear” by DG Pascal Lamy if they hope to achieve a set of [...]

February 28th, 2013|

Borders Must be “Thinned” to Boost Intra-African Trade and Economic Growth

Pascal Lamy has said that a multilateral Trade Facilitation Agreement, currently under negotiation as part of the Doha Round, which would remove barriers to trade and cut red tape in half, could stimulate the $22 [...]

February 18th, 2013|

WTO DG Race Ramps Up As Candidates Make Their Pitches

The nine candidates in the running to become the next WTO Director-General made their cases to members last week on why they are best suited to lead the global trade body, and their visions for [...]

February 6th, 2013|

Cautious post-Davos hopes for Doha?

Last week, trade ministers met on the sidelines of the Annual World Economic Forum in Davos. The result of their informal meeting? That members must take stock at Easter as to whether a “meaningful result” [...]

January 31st, 2013|

WTO Needs a Credibility Face-Lift

Peter Sutherland, former Director-General of GATT/WTO and co-chair of the High-Level Expert Group on Trade wrote this week of his concern that bilateral trade agreements are threatening the credibility of the WTO. The Doha Round [...]

January 23rd, 2013|

“Money may be tight, but ‘smart aid’ to developing countries can really work”

"Money may be tight, but 'smart aid' to developing countries can really work" By Larry Elliott in The Guardian A lot of water has passed under the bridge since Britain hosted the G8 summit at [...]

January 15th, 2013|

Trade priorities January 2013? EU free trade agreements vs African regional trade

While the EU has kicked off its trade agenda for 2013 with an abundance of free-trade agreements, with EU-India and EU-Mercosur negotiations pushing towards conclusion, Africa must concentrate on removing barriers to intra-African trade to [...]

January 11th, 2013|

Cameron has got his G8 free trade priorities wrong

t the beginning of this week David Cameron announced his intention to push for a Europe-US free trade agreement during the G8 talks, which will take place in Northern Ireland in June. When trade was [...]

January 4th, 2013|

“Regional deals are the only game in town for supporters of free trade. Are they any good?”

The Economist The Doha trade talks would be great if only they worked. Multilateral deals mean common standards and lower barriers for all, but the Doha round, launched by the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in [...]

December 21st, 2012|

Lamy says WTO members aiming for “Realistic” Doha deliverables for 2013

International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development One year after the Doha Round of trade talks was formally declared at an impasse, WTO members are beginning to show signs of re-engagement in the negotiations, according [...]

December 13th, 2012|

Colombia and Peru cheer EU trade deal

Andres Schipani - Ahead of Christmas, some people in the Andes and Europe are already cheering – probably with whisky. And they believe they have good reasons to do so after the European Parliament [...]

December 12th, 2012|

Can Australia revive the Doha Development Agenda?

AUTHOR: Neelesh Gounder (PhD Scholar at Griffith University) Australian Trade Minister Craig Emerson is committed to pursuing a free trade agenda at the Doha Development Round. But will other countries follow suit? His opinion piece in [...]

December 6th, 2012|

Intra-African trade and development requires investment in infrastructure and industry

UNCTAD, recently reported a positive rise in overall South-South exports from 13% of world trade in 2000 to 23% in 2010. Africa’s share of that was only 6%. Last week we heard numerous calls for [...]

December 4th, 2012|

Emerging economies have shifted the balance of power in world trade says Lamy

29th November WTO DG Pascal Lamy has said that: “The rising weight of influence of emerging economies has shifted the balance of power. This clearly implies a number of transitions to which we have not [...]

November 29th, 2012|

Coffee traders in the Congo: trading their way out of poverty

27th November, 2012 As M23 rebel fighters marched into Goma, in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a small group of people in the UK were watching anxiously to see what would happen next. They [...]

November 27th, 2012|

UN: Asia at risk from eurozone, oil shock, trade wars, capital inflows…

Gwen Robinson - Slowing growth, falling exports, the impact on Asia of the eurozone debt crisis and a potential surge in oil prices: there were some stark warnings issued on Thursday by the United [...]

May 10th, 2012|

Doha Press Release

Before Christmas, trade ministers gathered Geneva for their first full conference since 2009.  The Doha round of global trade talks, named after the Qatari capital in which they began 10 years ago, has been deadlocked [...]

February 9th, 2012|

TOP co-hosts seminar with YPFP

Last Tuesday evening we co-hosted an event with Young Professionals in Foreign Policy looking at how we can make trade work for Africa.  Speakers - from Oxfam, Standard Chartered and the Institute for Development Studies [...]

December 12th, 2011|

Doha: Much more than market access

By Annabel Palmer In an entry for the World Bank's Growth and Crisis blog, Otaviano Canuto - Vice President and Head of Poverty Reduction and Economic Management (PREM) - writes that there is much that [...]

November 14th, 2011|

G20 Cannes – what should we expect?

By Alasdair Charnock On Thursday the leaders of the G20 will meet in Cannes, France.  While proceedings are likely to be dominated by the Eurozone financial crisis, other issues that need addressing will linger in [...]

November 3rd, 2011|

Pedro Verona Pires wins Mo Ibrahim Foundation award

By Alasdair Charnock and Annabel Palmer Having not been awarded for the last two years due to a lack of suitable candidates, The Mo Ibrahim Foundation Award for African Leadership has not had many winners [...]

October 20th, 2011|

WTO Director General Interviewed by BBC’s World News Today

On 19th September, Zeinab Badawi, Presenter of World News Today at the BBC, had a one-to-one 90 minute interview with WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy at last week’s WTO Public Forum. Ms. Badawi took the opportunity [...]

October 10th, 2011|

International Trade Committee says Doha will not be concluded in 2011

By Annabel Palmer At a time when many have been growing increasingly sceptical over the likelihood of the moribund Doha Round reaching a conclusion, the International Trade Committee of the European Parliament has passed a draft resolution acknowledging that “it will not [...]

September 13th, 2011|

Should Doha be ‘kept alive’?

By Alasdair Charnock This week signalled further disappointment for the Doha Round with the European Parliament International Trade Committee announcing that agreement on the DDA will not be reached in Geneva this December. It had been hoped that [...]

September 9th, 2011|

Plan B? Dutch MEP gives us thought-provoking insight as Doha looks set to collapse

Alasdair Charnock I recently came across a small article written by the Judith Sargentini MEP back in May, who highlighted some of the key shortcomings in international trade agreements: Sargentini wrote: “International trade agreements are disproportionately serving the [...]

August 9th, 2011|

Robert Zoellick comments on the importance of trade

By Alasdair Charnock The World Bank President, Robert Zoellick made some very interesting comments this week about the role that trade can and should have in the global economic recovery. He said: “…opening trade drives [...]

July 20th, 2011|

Former Cabinet Minister Paul Boateng endorses TOP’s goals

Last week, Lord Boateng endorsed Trade Out of Poverty's goals in a short speech made at our Summer Reception.  Addressing over 70 members and supporters, he stressed the importance of trade as a long-term solution [...]

July 20th, 2011|

Growth in Africa and the importance of regional intergration

If Africa is to fulfil its potential and 'boom', it must develop regional trade By Annabel Palmer Last week, Andrew Mitchell, at a speech to the London School of Business, joined an expanding list of [...]

July 20th, 2011|

Monday 27th June

by Alasdair Charnock On Monday, £1.4billion worth of trade deals was signed between Chinese and British companies and was shown off by Prime Minister Cameron on a day of pomp and ceremony with the Chinese [...]

June 29th, 2011|

Keeping up with the world economy

So where do LDCs fit within these value chains? Most LDC economies will be dependent upon one or two commodities, or they will offer a venue for cheap labour which large multinational companies can take [...]

June 29th, 2011|

The Africa Growth and Opportunities Act

The annual forum for the Africa Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA) between the United States and sub-Saharan African countries took place last week in Zambia. While the overall outcome of the meetings, attended by Hillary [...]

June 20th, 2011|

GDP and Trade Growth

When the global economic crisis was at its peak in 2009, international trade flows decreased by around 12% compared to 2008 as demand for goods declined. This represented the most severe slump in trade for [...]

June 8th, 2011|

Emerging voices

With recent speculation over who will succeed Dominique Strauss-Kahn as Managing Director of the IMF, the topic of emerging market representation at the multi-lateral level has risen once again. One of the key factors in [...]

June 2nd, 2011|
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