News Selection – Globalisation
Recent international news and analysis chosen to illustrate and update Tread Softly briefings on Globalisation.
Update on the world’s first global migration agreement
12/6/2018: The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration will enter its final round of negotiations in July. An insider to the negotiations expresses confidence that there will be a successful conclusion.
EU Commission proposes major funding increase to resist migration
12/6/2018: For the next long-term EU budget 2021-2027, the Commission proposes to almost triple funding for migration and border management to €34.9 billion. Funds will address unforeseen migratory events and border protection.
Developing countries defend world trade rules against Trump assault
1/6/2018: Trade rules brokered by the World Trade Organization include various concessions to poorer countries. The role of trade as a tool of development has often been forgotten in reaction to the Trump trade war and his demonisation of the WTO.
Fighting Inequality in Asia and the Pacific
15/5/2018: A senior UN official says that the remarkable economic success story of the Asia and Pacific region belies a widening gap between rich and poor. Inequality is preventing progress on almost all the Sustainable Development Goals in the region.
Nigeria turns away from principle of free movement of people
25/3/2018: Nigeria has declined to sign an African free trade agreement and is considering withdrawal from the regional ECOWAS block. The issue of free movement of people is discussed by a former minister.
Migrants Continue To Face Exploitation in Mideast
22/3/2018: The Gulf region has an estimated 2.4 million migrant domestic workers, mostly from the Philippines, Indonesia and India. Legal protection of their basic rights is notoriously poor, perhaps an issue for the Global Compact on Migration.
African leaders discuss free trade agreement
20/3/2018: Just as the rest of the world appears to reject the tools of globalisation, a bold African free trade proposal aims to deepen the integration process, by allowing Africans to trade and move freely across the continent.
Has Trump Just Launched a Global Trade War?
14/3/2018: President Trump's imposition of a steel tariff unwinds the traditional role of the US as flag-bearer of the free-trade religion. Martin Khor argues that the rationale for liberal trade may be destroyed.
Combating Africa’s Inequalities
12/2/2018: Of the 19 most unequal countries in the world, 10 are in Africa, according to the UN Development Programme. Development strategies have focused too much on a mix of economic growth and reduction of absolute poverty.
African Brain Drain: Is There an Alternative?
20/2/2018: A review of the "brain drain" from Africa since the 1960s concludes that the loss of young professionals to richer countries could be beneficial, provided they can be persuaded to return.