Trade facilitation

FERDI analyses the impact of measures that affect developing countries' trade in goods. These can be trade facilitation measures or protection measures such as non-tariff measures.


Research on the ACFTA

The launch of the African Continental Free Trade Area (ACFTA) in 2021 has been the subject of numerous studies. After contributing to the AfDB's 2019 Annual Report, and ACET's third report on structural transformation in Africa, Jaime de Melo continues to assess the policies for implementing the FTAA, including efforts to deliver the regional public goods essential for the long-term success of the FTAA. 

Trade and environment

Jaime de Melo’s work explores the reasons for the successive failures at regional, plurilateral, and multilateral levels to agree on the reduction of barriers to trade in goods and services. His work argues for a concerted effort to reduce plurilateral (and eventually multilateral) barriers (tariffs and non-tariff barriers) on trade in environmental goods.

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