Promoting sustainable trade in the Commonwealth Small States

Sustainable development has been defined as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” (Brundtland Commission, 1987). Sustainability pertains to three main areas of development, namely social, economic, and environmental considerations. Trade can be a double-edged sword for sustainable development. While it can spur economic growth and alleviate poverty, left poorly regulated, it can also have harmful impacts on society and the environment. Therefore, it is in the best interest of countries to ensure that trade contributes to sustainable development.
International Economic Consulting Ltd., with funding from the Commonwealth Secretariat, conducted a study to assess the sustainability of production and trade practices in Commonwealth small states and delivered a set of targeted recommendations for mainstreaming sustainability across trade agreements.

Project Areas

International Business Strategy

E-Commerce and Digital Trade

Policy and Negotiations

Risk Management

Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning

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