UPDATED: SRC contributes to Afronomics Symposium on COVID-19 and International Economic Law

An article authored by J. Jason Cotton, Economist at the Caribbean Development Bank (CBD), SRC Deputy Director Dr. Jan Yves Remy and SRC trade researcher Alicia Nicholls is among the articles to be featured as part of the Afronomics Blog’s COVID-19 Symposium on International Economic Law in the Global South.

In their piece which is now live on the Afronomics website, the authors discuss why the COVID-19 pandemic further makes the case for their proposed Trade Vulnerability Index to determine countries’ eligibility for special and differential treatment at the World Trade Organisation (WTO). The article is an abridged version of their longer conceptual paper on the proposed Trade Vulnerability Index which may be accessed here.

The piece is particularly timely as the Prime Minister of Barbados, the Hon. Mia Amor Mottley, in a recent interview with CNN International’s Christiane Amanpour made a clarion call for a vulnerability index to replace the current income per capita method for determining countries’ eligibility for preferential treatment by the international community.

The essays in the four-week symposium appear under four themes. The article by the SRC Team will appear under the theme ” International Trade and International Investment Law and Policy“.

The SRC again thanks the excellent team at the Afronomics Blog for the opportunity to contribute to this initiative, which helps further the bonds of friendship between our two institutions and promotes South-South academic engagement.

The article may be accessed on the Afronomics website here.