• 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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FISHERIES | JAN. 27, 2017

WTO Fisheries Subsidies Negotiations: Main Issues and Interests of Least Developed Countries

By Smriti Bahety, Julian Mukiibi

This study identifies key negotiating issues for a development-friendly outcome in WTO fisheries subsidies negotiations, highlighting the interests of LDCs.

Over-exploitation of the world’s marine resources has long raised concerns over unsustainable fish trade. In particular, fisheries subsidies have been criticised both for their environmental and trade-distorting impacts, to the detriment of the developing world and more so the small island developing and Least Developed Countries (LDCs). While WTO talks over disciplining such subsidies have dragged on, renewed momentum following the adoption of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has spurred hopes to see negotiations concluded in the near future.


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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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