Commodities

Analytical Note, May 2006

Some reasons not to negotiate export taxes and restrictions in the WTO NAMA Negotiations.

This Analysis briefly examines some of the economic and policy reasons behind the application of export taxes and export restrictions in developing countries. The elements enumerated in this note provide arguments against negotiations aimed at further restricting the use of this type of policy tools, as currently being proposed by developed countries in the WTO NAMA negotiations. (more…)

Research Paper 5, March 2006

Rethinking policy options for Export Earnings.

Although the structure of International Trade has changed significantly in favour of manufactures, primary commodities remain extremely important for several developing as well as Least Developed Countries. A large number are still dependent on a limited basket of primary commodities for their exports.

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Analytical Note, February 2006

South Centre Analysis on the Hong Kong Ministerial Declaration.

The South Centre Analysis of the Hong Kong Ministerial Declaration evaluates the developments in the Doha Work Programme since the launch of the Round, examines the implications of the Hong Kong Ministerial Declaration and identifies some important strategic issues for developing countries that need to be considered in subsequent negotiation. (more…)

Research Paper 4, November 2005

The Potential Impacts of Nano-Scale Technologies on Commodity Markets: the Implications for Commodity-Dependent Developing Countries.

Commodity production is the mainstay of the economy in most developing countries. According to UNCTAD, commodity dependence is measured by the share of the three leading commodities in a given country’s total exports. The bigger the share, the more dependent the country is. Commodity dependence and poverty are closely intertwined. (more…)

Analytical Note, November 2005

Problems and Policy Challenges faced by Commodity-Dependent Developing Countries.

This note  presents the commodity problems and their implications for Commodity Dependent Developing Countries (CDDCs); (ii) identifies the underlying causes of these problems and (iii) examines some of the major policy approaches used in the past to deal with them, their merits and limitations. (more…)

Research Paper 3, November 2005

Supply-side Measures for Raising Low Farm-Gate Prices of Tropical Beverage Commodities.

This year has seen how governments and individuals can respond with immense energy and generosity to relieve the suffering of people caught up in natural disasters. The man-made crisis affecting the markets of tropical commodities is every bit as devastating as any of these disasters, yet not only is there very little being done to address the problem but very few people are even aware of it. (more…)

Research Paper 2, November 2005

Remunerating Commodity Producers in Developing Countries: Regulating Concentration in Commodity Markets.

The past few decades have seen a huge surge in international trade that has affected developing countries as well as the world’s largest economies. However, while some countries have seen an associated increase in wealth, others seem to have been left behind. (more…)

Research Paper 1, November 2005

Overview of the Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures in Quad Countries on Tropical Fruits and Vegetables Imported from Developing Countries.

A number of developing countries,1 and especially least developed countries (LDCs), rely on agriculture for their food security, export earnings and rural development. It has been estimated that the agricultural sector accounts for between 30 per cent and 60 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) for many of these countries, and is the major source of foreign exchange. (more…)

Analytical Note, August 2005

A Conceptual Framework to Understand Supply Management Programmes.

A supply management programme can be defined as a policy tool that controls the production and supply of a commodity in order to achieve a desirable price objective in a relevant market. (more…)

Analytical Note, August 2005

Policy Challenges for Developing Countries in Large Scale Mining.

Many developing countries are rich in natural resources and in particular mineral commodities. (more…)

Analytical Note, August 2005

Some considerations on acceding to the GSTP Agreement and joining the Third Round of GSTP Negotiations

In the São Paulo Declaration of 16 June 2004, developing country Ministers gathered at  UNCTAD XI have agreed to launch a Third Round of trade negotiations among participants  to the General System of Trade Preferences among Developing Countries (GSTP). (more…)

Analytical Note, April 2005

Dependency of Developing Countries on Non-Agricultural Commodities: Characteristics and Challenges.

Information on non-agricultural commodities is not as widely available as for agricultural commodities. The purpose of this paper is to identify, in contrast to agricultural commodities, what is the extent of dependency of developing countries on non-agricultural commodities, what are the main characteristics of this dependency, which developing countries are most dependent on this type of commodities and what are the challenges they face in the trade arena and from a wider developmental view. (more…)

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