Posts tagged as: Trade


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    Workshop: Leveraging exports for growth in Uganda

    Engaging in international trade enables firms to grow faster, by facilitating improved supply of inputs, increasing competition in final goods markets, and expanding market access. Even though Uganda exports less than average for other countries at its per capita income, export growth over the last 20 years has been relatively rapid and with considerable diversification....

    19 May 2022


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    Impact of the Russia-Ukraine war on Ethiopia

    The conflict in Ukraine and the subsequent sanctions against Russia triggered price increases of key commodities with far reaching impacts on welfare, production, and economic growth for developing countries, including Ethiopia. Economic sanctions were imposed on Russia by the US and EU to deter Russia from further escalating the war with Ukraine. The ongoing conflict has...

    8 Aug 2022 | Seneshaw Tamru, Tewodros Makonnen Gebrewolde


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  • Publication - Project Report

    Synthesis on the impact of ICT sector on growth and employment in Ethiopia

    28 Jul 2022 | Getachew Abegaz, Seneshaw Tamru


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    IGC-Stanford conference on firms, trade and development

    The International Growth Centre (IGC) and the Stanford King Center on Global Development are hosting a two-day conference on November 3-4, 2022 on the theme of “Firms, Trade and Development.” This event is hosted by David Atkin (MIT), Matilde Bombardini (Berkeley), Dave Donaldson (MIT), Cecile Gaubert (Berkeley), Pete Klenow (Stanford), Imran Rasul (UCL), Meredith...

    3–4 November 2022


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  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Recovery from the COVID-19 shock and the informal labour market in urban Uganda

    We conducted a phone survey of a representative sample of manufacturing firms and their workers in Uganda in Spring 2022, two years after the onset of the pandemic. We find that the second lockdown implemented in Uganda in June- July 2021 resulted in a sharp increase in business closures, but these were largely temporary. However, a sizeable share of firm owners...

    25 Jul 2022 | Vittorio Bassi, Jung Hyuk Lee, Alessandra Peter, Tommaso Porzio, Ritwika Sen, Esau Tugume


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    How to reduce waste in the textile industry?

    Textiles are an integral part of daily lives and the global economy, but their production and consumption often leave a global footprint of waste and pollution behind. A circular economy for textile can eliminate waste in the industry, which is a core sector of economies in the developing countries. Textile has played a key role in world trade and global development all...

    22 Jun 2022 | Shubhranka Mondal


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  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Non-tariff barriers and regional integration in the East African Community

    We conducted surveys with a representative sample of over 1,500 traders in markets near the Kenya-Uganda border, as well as a census of border clearing agents, before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. Larger traders are more likely to engage in cross-border trade, likely because the fixed costs of trade barriers mean that per-unit costs fall heaviest on smaller...

    21 Jun 2022 | Lauren Falcao Bergquist, Matthew Grant, Meredith Startz, Eleanor Wiseman


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  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Responding to imported inflation in Uganda: Distributional impacts and policy options

    Inflation is ravaging the world, driven by a combination of post-pandemic supply chain disruptions, a rebound in global demand, and the war in Ukraine. The first round-effects of the global inflation surge in Uganda have occurred via jumps in the prices of seven principal commodities, delivering particularly adverse hits to the incomes of the poor. As a small open...

    14 Jun 2022 | Liam Carson, Harriet Conron, Richard Newfarmer


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  • Publication - Project Report

    Understanding non-tariff barriers and regional integration in the East African Community

    This study investigates trade and regional integration within the East African Community (EAC), with a particular focus on agricultural goods traded between Kenya and Uganda. In recent years, the EAC has instituted several changes in trade policy, including the introduction of the common market, One Stop Border Post (OSBP), and the single-window policy (a simplified...

    10 Jun 2022 | Lauren Falcao Bergquist, Matthew Grant, Meredith Startz


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  • Publication - Miscellaneous

    Mozambican trade statistics: Mind the gap!

    Between 2016 and 2018, IGC Mozambique carried out three sector-level value chain studies, in close collaboration with the Ministry of Economy & Finance of Mozambique, on poultry, cotton and pigeon peas (Da Cruz and Oppewal 2018a, 2018b). These can be helpful in identifying sector-specific binding constraints and draw up the contours of concrete sector-specific pacts, with...

    8 Jun 2022 | Jorrit Oppewal, Alberto Da Cruz