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This series of monographs from the OECD Development Centre covers development issues generally and in some cases issues in specific countries. It  includes Angus Maddison’s books containing long-term historical estimates of GDP for various areas of the world.

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Trading Competitively

Trading Competitively

Trade Capacity Building in Sub-Saharan Africa You do not have access to this content

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Federico Bonaglia, Kiichiro Fukusaku
13 Nov 2002
9789264099609 (PDF) ;9789264099586(print)

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The trade analysis and firm surveys conducted in several African countries in this study highlight an apparent mismatch between government policies and exporters’ needs in the provision and use of trade support services. While acknowledging the weaknesses of firms in these countries, the study does present evidence confirming the existence of a wide array of policy options for increasing business competitiveness and reducing dependence on primary commodities. Successful upgrading and diversification, however, require not only a right set of macroeconomic and structural policies, but also a substantial change in the policy-making process. A major governance problem undermines the implementation of a successful "business plan" for export diversification in these countries: the lack of involvement of private sector and civil society in policy formulation.

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Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations
Executive Summary
Chapter 1. Building Trade Capacity in an African Context
Chapter 2. Africa's Export Performance Reconsidered
Chapter 3. Looking Inside the Export Mechanism
Chapter 4. The Role of Trade Support Services: Evidence from Case Studies
Chapter 5. The Mauritian Experience
Chapter 6. Conclusions and Policy Implications
Appendix A. Trade Reform and Supply Response under Structural Adjustment
Appendix B. Structure of Exports
Appendix C. Background Information on ITC, IDS, and EEPRI Surveys

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