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  • 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...

    March 29, 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...

    March 27, 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

  • Event

    FDI, SMEs, firm growth, and trade in East Africa

    Strong and competitive firms form the core of economic activity. They contribute to economic development through job creation, higher government revenue, and increased wealth and well-being of society. Although firms, FDI, and trade already play an important role in the development of East Africa, the region has not yet tapped into its full potential. In addition, the...

    29 March 2017

  • Blog post

    Uganda needs a caffeine fix: Insights from Vietnam’s coffee market success

    Until recently Vietnam and Uganda shared a similar trajectory in the development of their coffee sectors. Today, Vietnam has emerged as the second largest coffee producer in the world. In Uganda, poor agricultural inputs and a failing institutional environment have resulted in low yields and slower development of the sector. In January 2017, world coffee exports already...

    March 14, 2017 | Astrid Haas

  • Blog post

    Driving domestic investment: FDI use and source matter

    More targeted manufacturing FDI could reinforce and raise domestic investment levels in developing economies. FDI and the developing world Foreign direct investment (FDI) is widely viewed as an important source of external financing for developing countries. The Monterrey Consensus of 2002 formalised this view by making FDI one of the six pillars of development finance,...

    March 13, 2017 | Alessia Amighini, Margaret McMillan, Marco Sanfilippo

  • Event

    Trade policy roundtable

    IGC Rwanda co-hosted a policy round-table with the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MINEACOM) on March 28th in Kigali. Three IGC experts on trade, Dave Donaldson (Stanford University), Eric Verhoogen (Columbia University) and John Spray (Cambridge University), presented and discussed pressing policy questions. The meetingstarted with presentations from the three...

    28 March 2017

  • Blog post

    Interfirm relationships and business performance in Nanchang (China)

    In the quest for identifying barriers to firm growth, much attention has been paid to barriers that act at the level of the individual firm. But firms do not operate in a vacuum: business relationships are potentially highly influential. An experiment in Nanchang, China was conducted to measure their importance. Regular meetings between the managers of young firms...

    February 9, 2017 | Jing Cai, Adam Szeidl

  • Blog post

    Study provides fresh insights into the benefits of mobile money in Kenya

    A recently published study on the long-run effects of mobile money on economic outcomes in Kenya provides some valuable insights that will benefit economic development and financial inclusion policies across Africa. The study found that increased access to mobile money has reduced poverty in Kenya, particularly among female-headed households. Rapid expansion of mobile...

    January 25, 2017 | Sarah Logan

  • Project

    Improving export performance in Uganda

    Uganda is keen to leverage its external sector to support economic growth and employment creation through structural transformation. This has become increasingly urgent as commodity prices have levelled off and volumes have stagnated with the global slowdown. Policymakers need to establish a supportive environment within which the private sector can invest in exports. The...

    January 23, 2017 | Ben Shepherd