EU re-opens its market to Myanmar

As of 19 July, Myanmar/Burma is set to benefit once again from a special, advantageous trade arrangement with the EU after the country’s recent efforts to improve the political, social and labour environments there. The EU will bring the country [...]

Cape Verde’s Development Trajectory Stands Out At Aid for Trade Global Review

Geneva — In his remarks at a Round Table focusing on Cape Verde’s economic success story, the Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) Mr. Carlos Lopes, lauded the country’s “development enablers”, namely peace and security, good [...]

WTO adopts new work programme for least-developed countries

An updated work programme for least-developed countries (LDCs), adopted on 28 June 2013 by the WTO Sub Committee on LDCs, mainstreams the United Nations’ Istanbul Programme of Action for LDCs for 2011-20 into the WTO mandate. The programme also incorporates [...]

Least Developed Countries climate adaptation fund gets $200m boost

BONN, Germany -Belgium, Germany, Norway, Switzerland and the USA have pledged nearly $200 million in climate adaptation investment to the world’s poorest countries. Contributions will be channelled through the Least Developed Countries Fund and the Special Climate Change Fund (LDCF/SCCF), [...]

LDCs Obtain New Waiver On IP Obligations At WTO, Take It As A Limited Victory

World Trade Organization members this week agreed to give least-developed countries an extra eight years to implement international intellectual property protection rules. The decision received a broad support among countries, with some voicing reservations about the negotiation process.   The [...]