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  • Blog post

    The cautious return of import substitution in Africa

    As import substitution becomes fashionable again in some African countries, LSE’s Pritish Behuria analyses how successfully this policy can be implemented given the evolving aid and investment landscape. The international development industry is currently experiencing turbulence and uncertainty. Donald Trump’s victory in the United States elections and the rise of...

    14 Jun 2017 | Pritish Behuria

  • Blog post

    Intra-national trade costs and economic isolation

    High intra-national trade costs prevent market integration, so reducing them can help develop local economies in remote parts of a country. Building transport infrastructure alone is insufficient. The case of Liberia demonstrates that intra-national transport costs remain significant due to high vehicle prices, vehicle repair costs, credit constraints, and...

    12 Jun 2017 | Golvine de Rochambeau, Jonas Hjort

  • Event

    WTO Aid for Trade - IGC side event

    The Sixth Global Review of Aid for Trade, “Promoting Connectivity”, will be held at the WTO in Geneva from 11 to 13 July 2017 gathering 500-700 people from trade delegations around the world to discuss ways to promote trade-led growth. The event will feature plenary speeches from heads of agencies along with panels presenting research and policy analyses on topics such...

    11–13 July 2017

  • Publication - Project Report

    Pakistan’s international trade - The potential for expansion towards East and West

    2 May 2017 | Ehsan U. Choudhri, Antonio Marasco , Ijaz Nabi

  • Blog post

    The inflationary impact of the grain procurement policy in India

    To smooth volatile grain prices, the Indian Government procures additional grain quantities, creating agricultural commodity buffers, often redistributed to poor households. This policy can produce a demand shock, triggering increased inflation. This blog looks at new IGC research to model the distortionary effects of such policies and potential monetary policy...

    24 Apr 2017 | Chetan Ghate, Sargam Gupta, Debdulal Mallick

  • Blog post

    Post-Brexit trade and development policy

    Regardless of what one may think of the decision, the British people have voted to leave the EU – a result that throws up historic challenges as well as historic opportunities. This blog introduces the IGC's latest Policy Brief on Post-Brexit Trade & Development Policy, and why Brexit should be viewed as an important opportunity for fresh thinking. The decision to...

    3 Apr 2017 | Richard Baldwin, Paul Collier, Tony Venables

  • Project

    How regional trade can contribute to the development of East Africa's border areas

    Context and motivation In East Africa as well as other regions of the world, border regions tend to be less economically developed than interior ones : Night lights captured by satellites are on average 35 percent less intense at land borders than two hundred kilometers inland. Such “border shadows” are both a cause and a consequence of national boundaries. Country...

    31 Mar 2017 | Olivier Cadot, Alexander Himbert, Marius Brülhart

  • Publication - Policy note

    Post-Brexit trade and development policy

    In a short thought-piece, the authors suggest that the time is ripe for the UK government to embrace a new trade and development agenda that demonstrates that post-Brexit Britain is a confident, outward-looking country ready to play a key role on the world stage. Their proposal walks on two legs: New, pro-development trade and investment policies focused initially on...

    29 Mar 2017 | Richard Baldwin, Paul Collier, Tony Venables

  • Blog post

    Rwanda’s export challenge

    Rwanda must create an additional 200,000 jobs per year to absorb its expanding population. Increasing exports could play an important role in achieving this goal. A new policy brief by the IGC outlines the challenges Rwanda needs to overcome to improve its trade balances. Since 2000, Rwanda has seen a rapid rise in exports of goods and services. Increasing exports and...

    27 Mar 2017 | Amanda Jinhage

  • Event

    Policy workshop on export promotion and local content in Uganda

    As Uganda seeks to boost its export competitiveness and deepen value addition by domestic industry and services, the International Growth Centre (IGC) co-hosted a policy workshop on Export Promotion and Local Content in Uganda, in partnership with the Ugandan Ministry of Trade, Industry & Cooperatives (MTIC). This two-hour session was an opportunity to enhance the policy...

    23 March 2017