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As an invited expert, you will benefit by:

1. Sharing the platform with other experts,

2. Having your work reach ITE’s followers via Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and e-mail combined, and

3. Engaging the community in issues pertaining to international trade.

Instructions for Guest Bloggers:

Word count: 250-600 words

Submission guidelines:

  • Microsoft Word document with the blog post
  • A brief bio of no more than 4 sentences
  • Photo/image (optional – must be the original photo or image created by the author and relates to the story)
  • E-mail your guest blog post to tradeexaminer@gmail.com

All work must be the original ideas and research of the author. Any work or image that has been copied directly from another source without permission will not be accepted.

All articles must be relevant to the blog and well written. A piece that is well-written is one that:

  • Raises an interesting question
  • Explains why the question and information provided are important (i.e., passes the So what? question)
  • Presents sound evidence
  • Includes your own analysis of the data provided
  • Draws a clear conclusion based on the evidence presented
  • Written for either an academic, policymaking or business audience

Any piece that does not relate to international trade, consists of numerous spelling/grammatical errors, fails to provide facts to support an argument and includes disrespectful and foul language will not be considered for publication.

Related Topics (not limited to these topics):

  • How your business has been impacted by international trade
  •  Fair trade versus free trade
  • World Trade Organization
  • International trade’s impact on workers
  • Opportunities and challenges of free trade for consumers
  • Free trade agreements

If your piece is accepted, we will inform you via e-mail along with the expected publication date. (Note: Guest posts in which business owners discuss how they have been affected by international trade will also appear in the Global Research Institute of International Trade’s newsletter – www.griit.org.)

Thank you for your interest in contributing to ITE. I look forward to collaborating with you. You can contact me at tradeexaminer@gmail.com with any questions and/or concerns.

Sarita Jackson, Founder

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Where are the women-owned businesses in the global market?

This month, National Women’s History Month, we recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of women as well as discuss issues that affect women such as pay equity. In October 2014, I enjoyed participating in an awards gala celebrating the on-going achievements of women in international trade. So, what role have women played in the international marketplace?

 

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Here are a few fun facts to answer this question. (Note: This information is based on the most recent data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau, the U.S. Department of Commerce and the White House.)

  • There are about 7.8 million women-owned businesses in the United States.
  • Women-owned businesses account for 28 percent of total U.S. businesses.
  • Twelve percent (12%) of exporting businesses are women-owned.

Another interesting fact worth mentioning: The person serving as the 38th U.S. Secretary of Commerce is a woman–Penny Pritzker.

Organizations, agencies and resources that emphasize international trade and support women in this field:

This is not an exhaustive list. If you know of other associations, organizations, etc. that will be of benefit to women looking to take their business to the global market,  please add their name and website in the comments section.

 
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What is Africa’s Role in the International Trade Dispute Process?

A number of countries throughout Africa have experienced economic growth and thus, have become competitive players in the international market. The success of a number of African economies has been documented by institutions over the last five years such as McKinsey and Company and the Center for Global Development. While African countries have experienced economic growth, their role in protecting their interests in the global economy and shaping fair trade through the World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement process remains quite small.

As African economies rise in the global context, two important questions remain: 1) How engaged are African countries in the WTO dispute settlement process? and 2) What can be done to ensure that these emerging markets also emerge as strong players in terms of ensuring fairness in the international trade system?

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The WTO dispute settlement process allows a country to bring a case against another WTO member that it finds is in violation of international trade rules. For example, this month, the United States filed a case against China for its alleged use of illegal export subsidies. In another case, Brazil filed a complaint against the United States for its cotton subsidies, which was finally resolved in October 2014 after a decade long dispute. The United States agreed to pay $300 million to Brazilian cotton farmers.

Government subsidies distort international trade and thus, are illegal. A number of studies have shown how many African countries have been negatively impacted by U.S. cotton subsidies (see my earlier post on subsidies and their impact on African countries). Nevertheless, not a single African country has brought a case to the WTO against these types of unfair trade practices. Rather, many of these same countries have joined cases brought by a larger developed or developing country. In other words, African countries mainly serve as third parties to international trade dispute cases (see the Appendix for the table highlighting the types of dispute cases that African countries are involved in).  To restrict the harmful effects of unfair trade practices, it is important for these growing African economies to understand and take part in the dispute settlement process.

Unfortunately, a number of challenges make it difficult for many of the countries to become more involved such as the lack of expertise and limited financial resources.

While financial resources will certainly help, technical assistance and training are also necessary to develop the capacity within any given African country to successfully challenge unfair trade practices on its own.

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Appendix:

African Countries and International Trade Dispute Cases

Country
Dispute Cases: Complainant, Respondent and Case
BeninBrazil case against U.S. cotton subsidies (resolved October 2014)
CameroonEcuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, U.S. case against the European Community (EC) banana regime (resolved November 2012)
ChadBrazil case against U.S. cotton subsidies (resolved October 2014)
Côte d’Ivoire1) Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, U.S. case against the EC banana regime (resolved November 2012)

2) Australia, Brazil and Thailand cases against EC export subsidies on sugar (concluded May 2005)
Ghana Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, U.S. case against the EC banana regime (resolved November 2012)
Kenya Australia, Brazil and Thailand cases against EC export subsidies on sugar (concluded May 2005)
Madagascar 1) Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, U.S. case against the EC banana regime (resolved November 2012)

2) Australia, Brazil and Thailand cases against EC export subsidies on sugar (concluded May 2005)
Mauritius1) Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, U.S. case against the EC banana regime (resolved November 2012)

2) U.S. case against Mexico for dumping high fructose corn syrup (concluded November 2001)

2) India case against EC over the latter's conditions for granting tariff preferences to developing countries (concluded July 2005)

3) Australia, Brazil and Thailand cases against EC export subsidies on sugar (concluded May 2005)

NamibiaNorway case against EC Measures Prohibiting the Importation and Marketing of Seal Products (concluded June 2014)
Nigeria
1) India, Malaysia, Pakistan, Thailand case against the U.S. prohibition of certain shrimp and shrimp products (concluded November 2001)

2) Ukraine, Honduras, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Indonesia cases against Australia Certain Measures Concerning Trademarks and Other Plain Packaging Requirements Applicable to Tobacco Products and Packaging (panel composed May 2014)
Senegal1) Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, U.S. case against the EC banana regime (resolved November 2012)

2) India, Malaysia, Pakistan, Thailand case against the U.S. prohibition of certain shrimp and shrimp products (concluded November 2001)
South Africa 1) Canada, Brazil cases against U.S. corn and other agricultural subsidies and export guarantees for agriculture (agreement to create a panel but panel members not chosen since December 2007)

2) Ukraine, Honduras, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Indonesia cases against Australia Certain Measures Concerning Trademarks and Other Plain Packaging Requirements Applicable to Tobacco Products and Packaging (panel composed May 2014)

3) EU case against Brazil's taxation measures (agreement to create a panel but members not yet selected as of December 2014)

4) EU case against Russia's import measures for pork, live pigs and pig products (panel composed October 2014)
Swaziland Australia, Brazil and Thailand cases against EC export subsidies on sugar (concluded May 2005)
TanzaniaAustralia, Brazil and Thailand cases against EC export subsidies on sugar (concluded May 2005)
ZambiaUkraine, Honduras, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Indonesia cases against Australia Certain Measures Concerning Trademarks and Other Plain Packaging Requirements Applicable to Tobacco Products and Packaging (panel composed May 2014)
Zimbabwe1) Canada case against EC measures on asbestos and products containing asbestos (concluded April 2001)

2) Ukraine, Honduras, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Indonesia cases against Australia Certain Measures Concerning Trademarks and Other Plain Packaging Requirements Applicable to Tobacco Products and Packaging (panel composed May 2014)

*Note: The European Community (EC) refers to the various European international-level organizations that are incorporated under the present-day European Union (EU).

Source: World Trade Organization

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1st Annual Educational and International Business Tour to Europe 2015

                               Prague, Czech Republic

The Global Research Institute of International Trade (GRIIT), has joined with the Brockman Institute to offer an educational and business tour to Europe in November 2015. We invite individuals with an interest in economics, business, history and culture to join us on a three-country tour that includes Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic.This trip is timely as Europe continues going through a number of economic reforms that will have an impact on the U.S. economy and businesses. Furthermore, the United States is negotiating a trade deal with the European Union, which will provide additional opportunities for doing business in the European market.

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Following the trip, you will receive a certificate of participation. Businesses will receive a $150 tax credit.

Why this trip? GRIIT emphasizes exporting to other markets around the globe from an economic and policy perspective. However, business deals can fall through just by failing to understand a country’s history and culture. The implementation of programs and projects can also fail by not taking the time to learn about a country and its appropriate regulatory policies before-hand. GRIIT’s partnership with the Brockman Institute moves GRIIT toward its efforts to offer not just offer trade missions but also first-hand global business education at a reasonable price.

What will you learn? You will learn about the economic changes of the three countries over the past seven decades. This is also a great way to make connections with key individuals who can assist with doing business in these three countries, etc.

If you are interested in attending, please send an e-mail to  griit@griit.org. You will receive the itinerary and registration form. 

If you are unable to attend, it would be greatly appreciated if you could forward this message to your colleagues, professional organizations, etc. 

The Brockman Institute has over 30 years of experience with the planning and successful implementation of educational tours all around the world. In fact, several individuals who traveled to Egypt with the Brockman Institute in 2009 continue to talk with me about their fun-filled and highly educational experience. For this reason, I am truly honored to collaborate with such an organization.

Sarita D. Jackson, Ph.D.
President and CEO
Global Research Institute of International Trade
(310) 912-7950 (office)
www.griit.org

 

 

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Update: Recent TPP Talks in New York

Optimism remains regarding the ability to conclude the TPP talks this year. At least that is what several participants expressed during a panel at the US-Australia Dialogue: Assessing the Future of the Asia-Pacific, which took place on Friday at UCLA, two days before the end of the most recent talks in New York. So what came of these talks?

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The TPP talks still have a veil of secrecy. One major breakthrough is that Japan has agreed to phase out tariffs on a specified amount of U.S. pork over a 10 year period.

Intellectual property remains an issue of contention.

With such limited information, it is difficult to provide a well informed argument about the opportunities for businesses in the United States, particularly the small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

 How should SMEs be involved in the TPP trade agenda?

If you are a business owner, what questions do you have about the Asia-Pacific market and the TPP?

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