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Future Fragmentation Processes

Effectively Engaging with the Ascendancy of Global Value Chains

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Leveraging the power of trade to expand formal employment opportunities, generate greater value addition, assist diversification processes and develop productive capabilities is an aspiration of all Commonwealth governments. These objectives were conveyed clearly at the Commonwealth Trade Ministers Meeting convened in March 2017.

There are areas of mutual interest and where enhanced co-ordination between member countries could enhance trade gains. Because the ability to transmit tacit knowledge through Commonwealth trade, finance and investment networks is inherent in the trade cost advantage shared by members - which exists without formal collaboration – it suggests the sharing of already known best practice could further enhance the gains from more concerted action.

In order to engage effectively with contemporary trade, which manifests as global value chains (GVCs), it is incumbent on governments to better understand corporate strategies. In this publication, as well as taking stock of past performance, we reflect on potential dynamics and future fragmentation processes.

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Commodity Price Volatility: An Evolving Principal–Agent Problem

This chapter analyses the changing dynamics within commodity markets and increasing price volatility using a principal–agent framework. Adopting this more micro-perspective helps to shed light on the role of informational asymmetries within trading relationships and how these may be influenced by contractual arrangements.

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