• Global South & Multilateral TradeWe provide technical assistance to developing country negotiators in the World Trade Organisation and connect them to non-state actors in the Global South.
  • Regionalism & CooperationWe support regional integration and promote experience-sharing through inter-regional cooperation projects in the South.
  • Regulatory ReformsWe support policy makers in crafting and implementing balanced, transparent regulations on competition, investment, consumer protection and selected economic sectors.
  • Policy LinkagesWe analyze and sensitise about the linkages existing across economic sectors and issues like trade, agriculture and energy etc. This is to "break silos" towards more holistic and coherent policies.
  • Empowering PeoplePolicy-making should not be the preserve of a few if they are to balance and be owned by the people. This is why we help relevant stakeholder navigate and participate in the policy process.

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Latest Events

Agro-Industry

Sectors for the Future: Can Agro-Processing and Trade Feed East Africa Despite Climate Change?

Aug. 8. This regional meeting reviewed recent policy research on how agro-processing can become more climate-aware, trade-driven and food security enhancing in East Africa through more coherent policies. Spotlight was on key promising sectors, and how to best leverage current multilateral trade and climate ... > READ MORE

Value Chains

Potential Trade Impacts of the Paris Agreement

Aug. 8. Trade concerns are increasingly discussed within the UNFCCC where for instance, Article 3.5 of the UNFCCC states that climate change measures should not pose a restriction on international trade. While the recent Paris Climate Conference did not explicitly address trade policy measures, the resultin... > READ MORE

Value Chains

Integrating East African Priority Sectors in Global Value Chains

Aug. 2. Contemporary debates suggest the need for integrating economies in global value chains (GVCs) as an effective means for harnessing development through trade. However, Africa, more so sub-Saharan African countries remain trapped at the lower end of GVCs contributing raw materials and basic value addi... > READ MORE

WTO Ministerials

Possible Issues for an MC11 Package

Jul. 27. This discussion, held under the Chatham House rules, brought together Ambassadors and delegates from several developing and developed WTO Members to share perspectives and build common understanding on possible issues to be included in the next WTO Ministerial Conference. They also reflected on the ... > READ MORE

Trade Facilitation

Manufactured products’ exports: Technical Barriers to Trade faced by exporters in S&SEA countries

Jul. 26. CUTS International, Geneva convened an informal lunch meeting under the Business & trade Connexion project at lunch time on Monday, 26 July 2016. As suggested by the delegates at the informal meeting on 29 June 2016, the topic for discussion was the manufactured products' exports, particularly relat... > READ MORE

Services (WTO)

Domestic Regulations and Trade in Services Negotiations

Jun. 29. CUTS International, Geneva convened an informal lunch meeting on 29 June under the Business & trade Connexion project. As suggested by the delegates during June forum meeting, the topic for discussion was “Domestic Regulations and Trade in Services Negotiations”. The issue of domestic regulations wa... > READ MORE

WTO Ministerials

What is above the lowest-hanging fruit and can that be harvested by the next ministerial?

Jun. 28. This discussion held under the Chatham House rules brought together several developing and developed WTO members to share perspectives and build common understanding on the way forward regarding possible issues to be considered for the 11th WTO Ministerial Conference, besides some identified low-han... > READ MORE

WTO Negotiations

Possible Forward Looking Agenda to Strengthen the Multilateral Trading System

Jun. 24. The WTO is at a crossroad. With last year’s Nairobi Ministerial Declaration leaving the future open for reflections and discussions, members must now develop consensus on what issues to pursue towards the next ministerial conference. While recent months have seen a strong push for the inclusion of n... > READ MORE

Agriculture

Dealing with Agricultural issues after the Paris Agreement: views on the EAC INDCs and the way forward

May. 31. Even if there is no explicit mention of agriculture in the Paris Agreement, a number of issues related to and affecting agriculture, such as food security and food production, have been consistently mentioned in the document. Going forward, East African Climate Negotiators to the United Nationaks Fr... > READ MORE

E-Commerce

What scenarios for Agriculture and E-Commerce towards 2017?

May. 31. This discussion held under the Chatham House rules brought together several developing and developed WTO members to share perspectives and build common understanding on the way forward regarding the priorities for agriculture negotiations, and explored potential key issues of interest to developing ... > READ MORE

Trade Facilitation

The WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement: What are the Main Issues Faced by SMEs in S&SE Asian Countries?

May. 30. CUTS International, Geneva convened an informal lunch meeting under the Business & trade Connexion project at lunch time on Monday, 30 May 2016. As suggested by the delegates at the informal meeting on 25 April 2016, the topic for discussion was the WTO trade facilitation agreement, particularly rel... > READ MORE

Value Chains

Integrating the EAC Cotton, Textile and Apparel Sector in Global Value Chains

May. 23. The cotton, textile and apparel (CTA) sector has been prioritised in East Africa for its promising development potential. Yet, only 15% of the cotton produced is processed within the region and the rest is exported to other developing and developed countries for processing into textile and apparels.... > READ MORE

Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures

Agricultural products’ exports: What are the Sanitary & PhytoSanitary barriers faced by exporters in South & South-East Asian countries?

Apr. 25. CUTS International, Geneva convened an informal lunch meeting under the Business & Trade Connexion project at lunch time on Monday, 25 April 2016. As suggested by the delegates at the informal meeting on 23 March 2016, the topic for discussion was the sanitary & phytosanitary issues in the WTO, part... > READ MORE

Agro-Industry

Agro-Processing: What Relations with Climate, Food and Trade?

Apr. 25. These five national meetings in East Africa introduced participants to the PACT EAC2 project, which builds capacities of relevant East African stakeholders for climate-aware, trade-driven and food security-enhancing agro-processing in the region. To kick-start the process, participants proposed key ... > READ MORE

WTO Negotiations

Agriculture and E-Commerce: What way forward at the WTO?

Apr. 21. This discussion held under the Chatham House rules brought together several developing and developed WTO members to share perspectives and build common understanding on the way forward regarding the priorities for agriculture negotiations, and explored potential key issues of interest to developing ... > READ MORE

Featured Paper

WTO Agriculture Negotiations: Securing EAC Countries’ Interests

Apr. 7. By Edwin Laurent. As the WTO membership is working towards a Post-Bali Work Programme to conclude the Doha round, developing and developed countries will now have to confront the core issues that have divided them for nearly 15 years. Agriculture being at the top of the list, this study explores the general interests of East African Community (EAC) Member States in the ongoing WTO negotiations on agriculture and provides inputs for both the preparatory phase of the work programme and the ensuing negotiations. It reviews the 2008 agriculture modalities to establish whether they have been overtaken by time, especially in the light of changing US and EU agricultural policies and the circumstances and needs of EAC countries.

Projects in Countries...With Ground Realities

PACT EAC2
SNSEAsia Forum
WTOTrust
Services Trade
sPokes
FEAD

Featured Publication

The Political Dimension of Trade Reforms: Impact on Food Security in the EAC

This study investigates the political economy aspects of food trade in East Africa, with a focus on political and social interactions in the production and trade of maize and rice. Findings indicate that in spite of the Customs Union Protocol, non-tariff barriers remain a major hindrance to cross-border agriculture trade. Furthermore, policymakers rarely engage non-state actors in policy measures around food staples, which are subject to political influence.

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