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Trade and Environment under CPTPP and Implications for the United Kingdom

International Economics Consulting Ltd is honoured to submit written evidence on UK’s Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) accession with a focus on trade and environment, a hot topic in today’s global context. The CPTPP is recognised for setting high standards for trade and sustainable development, including those on labour and environmental protection. […]

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How will US Trade Restrictions Affect the Semiconductor Industry?

What are the limits adopted by the US Government? China is the target of new sweeping and severe export controls from the US. At the start of October (Friday, 7 October), the Biden Administration issued sweeping restrictions on selling semiconductors and chip-making equipment to China. As a result of the move, companies will have to

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UK-India Trade Update

UK and India have forecast late October as the deadline for signing a Free Trade Agreement (FTA), with negotiations currently ongoing.  Trade and investment relations between both nations have been strengthening with trade rapidly growing over the past decade.  Concluding an FTA is expected to bring significant economy-side gains to both countries, by increasing bilateral

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Mauritius: China-Mauritius Free Trade Agreement: Opportunities for Trade in Services

In an effort to boost the international competitiveness of services, the Government of Mauritius has negotiated a series of comprehensive FTAs covering, as a key element of the same, trade in services chapters. Mauritius is also negotiating the inclusion of trade in services commitments in its FTA with the European Union, its most important partner.

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Big Data in International Trade: What is Working & What Have We Learnt so Far?

Big Dta swept across most industries in the last decade. Gartner defines Big Data as the high-volume, high-velocity and/or high-variety of information assets that demand cost-effective, innovative forms of information processing to enable enhanced insight, decision making, and process automation. International trade transactions produce such Big Data, as they generate large volumes of paperwork and digital

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The World is On Fire: Is Trade a Cure or a Curse?

Climate change is causing havoc across the world. Whether living in Europe, California, Australia, Africa, or anywhere else in the world, there is an element that we are sure did not go unnoticed: summers are getting hotter and more intense.[1] News about wildfires and droughts are commonplace in today’s newspapers and news channels,[2] and the heatwave that some

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The Succession of Boris Johnson

International Economics Consulting Ltd’s CEO, Paul Baker, was interviewed for Business Magazine on UK’s leadership challenge and the impact on Mauritius. The former Foreign Secretary Liz Truss remains the favourite compared to the former Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak, in succeeding Boris Johnson as Prime Minister. According to Mr Baker, this leadership challenge has a remarkably

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Is Africa a Step Closer to Vaccine Equity

While more than 12 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered around the world, many developing countries still lag when it comes to inoculating their populations. Inoculating the African population is key to the continent’s economic recovery. It has been calculated that global GDP rises by approximately $7.83 billion for every one million vaccinated

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What Are The Data Localisation Implications Of Viet Nam’s Decree No. 53/2022 Relating To Cybersecurity?

What is Decree No. 53/2022/ND-CP about? On 15 August 2022, the Government of Vietnam (GoV) issued Decree No. 53/2022/ND-CP elaborating several articles under the Law on Cybersecurity. The long-awaited decree was first released for public opinion on 31 October 2018, shortly following the signing of the Law on Cybersecurity 2018. The Decree comprises 30 articles

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Exchange Rate: The Euro-Dollar Parity and its Snowball Effect on Trade and Inflation

  The US dollar and the Euro reached parity on 12 July 2022. This is not without repercussions on the foreign exchange market. Thus, a weakening of the Rupee cannot be ruled out. The impact will also be felt on Mauritius’ import and export activities. International Economics Consulting Ltd’s CEO, Paul Baker, was interviewed for

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MRIC: Developing a 3D Printing Industry through the Recycling of Plastic Waste

  International Economics Consulting Ltd’s Neetish Hurry and Emmanuel Ubachi, together with the University of Mauritius and MiniFactory Ltd presented their prototype on recycling of plastic waste in Mauritius into 3D printer filaments as well as their findings on market study of the potential in Africa. Our thanks to the Mauritius Research and Innovation Council for sponsoring the event. Please find the recording

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African Fossil Fuels

In 2021, numerous oil and gas discoveries were made throughout Africa, with many heralding the continent as the “final frontier in oil and gas exploration”. Given the turn of events in Ukraine, developing the oil and gas sector appears to be an encouraging and lucrative endeavour as European countries seek to reduce dependence upon Russia.

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CPTPP Environment Chapter: Dispute Settlement Mechanism

The CPTPP sets out a unique dispute resolution mechanism for matters arising under the Environment Chapter throughout Article 20.20 to Article 20.23, with linkage to Chapter 28 on the Agreement’s general dispute settlement measures. A simple process of dispute resolution mechanism under the CPTPP Environment Chapter should go through Environment Consultations (Article 20.20), Senior Representative

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3D Printing in Africa

  The Mauritius Research and Innovation Council (MRIC) together with the Middlesex University Mauritius, International Economics Consulting Ltd and Mini Factory have commissioned research into the potential of 3D Filament Printing Industry in Mauritius through recycling of plastic waste.  Our first-rate Analytics team, Neetish Hurry and Akshay Bholee explored the African market opportunities for exporting

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Rising Uncertainty and the Impact on Global Trade and Global Value Chains

Uncertainty is at its highest since the end of the Second World War. The disruptions and shocks observed over the last few years have brought about high levels of uncertainty, leading to changing patterns in global trade flows and to some u-turns in trade diplomacy [1]. The World Uncertainty Index (WUI) which measures uncertainty across

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How recent China lockdowns are disrupting global trade supply chains

Recent lockdowns in major production cities of Shanghai and Shenzhen in China could disrupt global supply chains according to The International Monetary Fund’s latest report. Ninety percent of all manufactured goods and commodities are transported by sea and, with the recent lockdowns, seaborne trade has been hugely disrupted. Will countries and companies across the world rethink how China interacts as being

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