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.



Understanding Shifts in Trade in Value Added: The Relative Position of the Commonwealth Caribbean and Pacific

This chapter presents data on global and regional value chain participation in the Caribbean and the Pacific by analysing trade in value added at the regional, country and sectoral level. It presents contrasting experiences regarding participation in global value chains as proxied by shifts over time in domestic and foreign value added. It also presents new data on intra-regional participation as indicated by foreign value added sourced on an intraregional basis.


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