Other publications include working papers published by other institutions, published consulting studies, etc. In this section, we provide summaries of these papers along with download options where available.

Derk Bienen/Mamo Mihretu, June 2010

Developing country members of the WTO benefit from special and differential treatment, a flexible application of WTO principles and rules according to their developmental needs and capacities. However, there has been widespread criticism that special and differential treatment is not granted to acceding countries – almost all of which today belong to the group of developing countries. If anything, it is argued, these countries receive an “inverse” special and differential treatment as a result of which they are compelled to offer further reaching liberalisation commitments than WTO members themselves.

Final Report, June 2009

The project "Fostering the Development of PPP Models in the COMESA Region" helped COMESA Members improve infrastructure service provision though the increased and more systematic use of public private partnership (PPP) arrangements. The project’s four key objectives were to:

  • Capture and synthesize critical elements of an overarching policy and vision for effective PPPs in infrastructure sectors;
  • Analyse and lay out critical elements of an enabling legal framework for effective infrastructure PPPs;
  • Analyse critical elements of an effective, coordinating institutional framework for PPPs in infrastructure sectors; and
  • Analyse where a regional approach to PPPs can be helpful, and how COMESA members should pursue such a regional agenda.

 

BizClim Best Practices Series, April 2009

This Desktop Study provides an overview of relevant good practice for a legal and institutional enabling environment for PPPs in infrastructure sectors in COMESA. It also begins to consider how a regional approach can contribute to the growth of infrastructure PPPs (including those of a crossborder nature), as well as the sharing of knowledge across Member Countries, and the building of capacity within them. The adoption at a regional level of common principles for the development of PPP projects and similar mechanisms for their implementation could also contribute to the emergence of domestic private investors in the COMESA region.