Author name: Cinq Delo

Rising Global Inflation and Disrupted Economic Recovery

The beginning of 2022 witnessed rising energy prices, continued supply disruptions and sluggish rates of economic recovery. Added to this, central bankers are increasingly concerned by rising global inflation. What has caused the rising wave of high inflation? Inflation has risen largely in the wake of higher global commodity prices, global supply chain bottlenecks, rising

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Post-Brexit: UK’s Slowdown will Affect the Mauritian Economy

The UK is facing a mix of challenges linked to Brexit and the coronavirus pandemic, having implications for all trading partners. There has been a notable decline in bilateral trade with Mauritius. International Economics Consulting Ltd’s CEO, Paul Baker, was interviewed for Business Magazine on the UK’s economic slowdown and the effects on Mauritius. Find the

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Geopolitical Rivalries Play out in Africa’s Digital Transformation

Africa’s potential for digital trade has been overlooked for years. Instead, its 1.2 billion people are perceived as a source of commodities and an export market for finished goods. This is now rapidly changing with geopolitics becoming more prominent in industry development. This paper, authored by Michael Mudd, provides an insight into how Africa’s potential

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Omicron Variant Puts Import-Export under More Pressure

The emergence of the Omicron variant has added even more strain to maritime freight which is already experiencing a surge in prices. This will have direct consequences on business activities and continue to impact on supply chains globally. International Economics Consulting Ltd’s CEO, Paul Baker, was interviewed for Business Magazine on the added pressure the

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How Is 3D Printing Re-Shaping Industries and Fostering High Growth and Sustainable Development?

The global market for 3D printing products and services was estimated to be worth USD 12.6 billion in 2020, and expected to grow by 17% a year until 2026, to reach USD 37.2 billion in 2026 [1], as illustrated in Figure 1. The largest 3D printing industries are found in the United States, United Kingdom,

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E-Commerce Negotiations and the WTO; Will They Move Forward at MC12?

The WTO is the preeminent rule setting and negotiating forum for global trade. It is the ultimate arbiter of inter- country trade disputes and its rules are binding. WTO’s three main functions are; monitoring and transparency, negotiation, and dispute settlement. Trade agreements are negotiated through a number of ‘rounds’ where countries are invited to put

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LDC Graduation and the WTO: Assisting LDCs to Address the Trade-Related Implications of Graduation from LDC Status: Cambodia

The report evaluates the implications of graduation from LDC Status on Cambodia’s market access, its compliance requirements with WTO Agreements, and on development cooperation. The report also highlights the efforts and national strategy in place to achieve graduation.

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LDC Graduation and the WTO: Assisting LDCs to Address the Trade-Related Implications of Graduation from LDC Status: Zambia

International Economics Consulting Ltd (IEC), through its CEO, drafted two country-specific analysis of trade-related impact of LDC graduation for Zambia. The overall objective is to understand and assess the impact on market access, impact with regards to the compliance with WTO Agreements, including IP legislation, the Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights Agreement, Trade-Related Investment

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Energy Crisis: Mauritius is not Immune to the Indirect Effects of Surging Gas Prices

Paul Baker, International Economics’ CEO was interviewed for Business Magazine on the surging gas prices and the effects on Mauritius. Since the beginning of the year, natural gas prices have increased by almost 170%. Our CEO points out that Mauritius is not a consumer of natural gas, and is not directly affected by the use

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Bittersweet Forecasts for Trade: Merchandise Trade Soars while Services Struggle to Keep Up

Trade in goods is recovering lost ground from the pandemic. New forecasts from the WTO in October 2021 highlight that merchandise trade is expected to grow at 10.8% in 2021, in comparison to the 8% original forecast in March 2021. This follows the trajectory marked in the last two quarters of 2020. Asia is at

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The Cost of Freight Transport Risks Again to Spiral out of Control at the End of the Year

The COVID-19 crisis has disrupted global supply chains, impacting heavily on freight cost. The increase in transport costs and the continued uncertainty with transport delays have become a major problem not just in Mauritius but in the rest of the world, according to International Economics Consulting Ltd’s CEO, Paul Baker. Read the full Business Magazine

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Trade, Privacy and Cross-Border Data Flows

Digital trade layers on top of E-Commerce and may be defined to include the use of the Internet to manufacture, create, search, purchase, sell, and deliver a good or service, (including information), across borders, together with open market access to the flow of information/data on non-discriminatory grounds. Digital trade is estimated to account for 25

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The Future International Development Strategy for the UK: An Opportunity not to be Missed

There is no doubt that the international development scene has experienced a series of unprecedented events. Brexit already put the whole development community on high alert due to the reduced budget available to spend by European Institutions and the uncertainty surrounding the United Kingdom’s (UK) development priorities. COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated this situation, with traditional providers

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Impact of LDC Graduation on the Textiles and Clothing Sector

International Economics Consulting Ltd (IEC), through its CEO, undertook a report for the WTO on the impact of LDC graduation on the textiles and clothing sector in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Nepal. The report was covered under the project, LDC Graduation and the WTO: Assisting LDCs to address the trade-related implications of graduation

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The Mauritian Strategy to Leverage the Opportunities in the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA)

International Economics Consulting Ltd. (IEC) has authored a study on ‘The Mauritian Strategy to Leverage the Opportunities in the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA)’ for the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), its Sub-Regional Office (UNECA-SRO-SA), and the African Trade Policy Centre (ATPC). In a bid to strengthen pan-African trade, African States agreed to start

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The Comprehensive Economic Cooperation and Partnership Agreement (CECPA) Between India and Mauritius: An Analysis for Trade in Services Opportunities

International Economics Consulting Ltd. (IEC), at the request of the Economic Development Board (EDB) of Mauritius and funding from the World Bank Group, conducted an analysis for Trade in Services Opportunities in the context of the Comprehensive Economic Cooperation and Partnership Agreement (CECPA) between India and Mauritius. The analysis focuses on five main services areas

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The Mauritius-China Free Trade Agreement: An Analysis for Trade in Services Opportunities

At the request of the Economic Development Board (EDB) of Mauritius and funding from the World Bank Group, International Economics Consulting Ltd. (IEC) has conducted an analysis for Trade in Services opportunities in the context of the Mauritius-China Free Trade Agreement (FTA). The analysis is centred around five key elements namely: accounting services, medical services,

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