Program: Trade

Africa could become the world’s next powerhouse

| 26 September 2013
Blog, Fiscal, Trade | Tags: Commodities, Taxes
“A winning Africa!” “Thousands of Portuguese workers emigrate to the former colony of Angola in search of work.” Headlines such as these are a perfect illustration of the Afro-optimism that has gripped the media these last few years. In an Africa courted by foreign investors, ... continue reading

China-EU solar panel trade dispute: Rhetoric versus reality

| 7 June 2013
Blog, Trade | Tags: Antidumping, Energy, Renewables, Subsidies
This article was first published on VoxEU.org and is republished with permission. Following a complaint lodged on 25 July 2012 by EU Pro Sun, an association representing around 20 EU-based producers of solar panels and components, the European Commission initiated an investigation into potential Chinese ... continue reading

Resource Scarcity, Export Restrictions and the Multilateral Trading System

| 10 April 2013
Blog, Trade | Tags: Commodities, Protectionism, WTO
The turn of the millennium marked a shift towards higher commodity prices and greater price volatility, as a result of high demand for natural resources from emerging economies combined with export restrictions and financial speculation. A recent Chatham House report highlights that, over the past ... continue reading

Sense & nonsense in end of year reviews

| 21 January 2013
Blog, Fiscal, Trade | Tags: Forecasting
The turn of every calendar year witnesses a spate of reviews by pundits in the media. For a columnist, these reviews are an attractive vehicle, ideally drawing upon events from the previous 12 months and combining them with insights into developments relating to the next ... continue reading

“What’s it for?” – Moral responsibility in an age of globalization

| 2 December 2012
Blog, Trade | Tags: Financial Markets, G20, WTO
Several years ago, I was approached by an Indian student following a lecture I had given on globalization and the interdependence of markets through cross-border flows of goods, services, ideas, knowledge, science and people. His question was: “But what’s it for?” In the late 20th/early ... continue reading