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  • Report  |   2016

    International Transit Scheme to Improve Trading Environment across the East African Community

    Author(s): Perera, Sujeevan

    By reducing the time and costs of trading, integrated transit mechanisms are important for boosting trade and enhancing competitiveness in landlocked countries. The net impact of reductions in trade costs – including through transit facilitation – on households, firms and governments, can be positive depending on how complementary investments and...

  • Report  |   2017

    China’s Belt and Road Initiative: Boosting Trade Opportunities for Sub-Saharan Africa

    Author(s): le Pere, Garth

    This issue of Commonwealth Trade Hot Topics explores the linkages and the opportunities the BRI presents for Sub-Saharan African countries. This takes on added importance since China not only is Africa’s largest trading partner on a country basis but also has established a critical geopolitical presence across the continent. Trade le Pere, Garth...

  • Policy Brief  |   2018

    Commonwealth Trade Finance Facility: Helping Small States Get Access to Trade Finance

    Author(s): Commonwealth Secretariat

    The Commonwealth Trade Finance Facility allows Commonwealth small states to access the finance they need to develop trade and sustain economic and social development, by encouraging international banks to make more trade finance available to them. The banks participating in the scheme will receive credit enhancement support through an innovative...


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