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By Jaime de Melo In a week that marks the anniversary of the treaty for an African continental free trade area, signed in Kigali on 18 March 2018, this column asks whether
By Alessia Lo Turco and Daniela Maggioni Does religious affinity help firms to get access to foreign markets? This column reports evidence that sharing Islamic beliefs with potential customers abroad eases..
By Simon Neaime Greater economic and financial integration of the Arab countries is widely agreed to be essential both to promote growth and to shelter the region more effectively from..
By Jaime de Melo Plans to establish an African continental free trade area are hampered by three incompatible objectives: solidarity across the continent’s diverse countries..more
By Johanes Agbahey, Khalid Siddig, Harald Grethe and Jonas Luckmann Palestine’s limited access to international markets and trade disruptions caused by Israeli closures create food shortages as well as surges in prices
By Mohamed Chemingui and John Sloan Despite their proximity, trade and investment flows between the Arab countries and sub-Saharan Africa are very low. This column reports analysis of the potential development gains
By Banu Demir and Beata Javorcik The removal of the Multi-Fibre Arrangement quotas that governed global trade in textiles and clothing until the end of 2004 led to a big rise in
By Jaime de Melo As part of its efforts to alleviate the Syrian refugee crisis in Jordan, the European Union has granted a relaxation on origin requirements for selected products from certain
By Melise Jaud, Youssouf Kiendrebeogo and Marie-Ange Véganzonès-Varoudakis How does the financial vulnerability of many developing economies affect the ability of their firms to participate effectively in export markets? This column summarises
By Helena Schweiger and David C. Francis How do MENA firms participating in international trade compare with their counterparts elsewhere in the world as well as with non-traders in the region? This
By Subidey Togan Turkey has benefited from a customs union with the European Union since the mid-1990s, but now is the time for it to be modernised. This column argues that current
By Raed Safadi What policy actions can help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to enhance their integration into the global market for goods, services and ideas? This column outlines recommendations in a
By Jamal Ibrahim Haidar Whether export sanctions are effective depends on their goal. This column highlights that if the goal is to reduce total exports of the targeted country, sanctions may be
By Kilian Heilmann The use of trade policy tools such as boycotts, embargoes and sanctions has become increasingly prevalent in international conflicts. This column reports research that examines the impact of politically