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Kicking away the ladder or building new scaffolding? Green trade measures and their development implications – a focus on the textiles and clothing global value chain

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ODI live events · Green Trade Measures And Their Development Implications


Urgent action is needed to address the climate emergency and new sectoral initiatives driven by the need to achieve net-zero have arisen, including in the textiles and clothing sector. This sector has historically been archetypal in enabling poor countries to gain a foothold into industrialisation and global value chains. However, the impact of new green trade measures could unleash new exclusionary forces as supply chains adjust to new regulatory requirements. Unless mitigated, this process could undermine the very objectives the new policy instruments seek to achieve, as well as broader global commitments on sustainable development as part of the 2030 Agenda.

This panel draws on country experiences from Africa and Asia to explore the nexus of environmental, social and economic upgrading within the textiles and clothing value chain. It draws out the implications for inclusive policies for the advancement of green trade.


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    Dr Maximiliano Mendez-Parra

    Principal Research Fellow, ODI

    Session Moderator

  • Fahmida

    Dr Fahmida Khatun

    Executive Director, Centre for Policy Dialogue

  • David_Beer(1)

    Mr David Beer

    Chief Executive, TradeMark Africa (TMA)

  • George Riddell(1)

    Mr George Riddell

    Director of Trade Strategy, E&Y

  • Jodie Keane

    Dr Jodie Keane

    Senior Research Fellow, ODI