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Commonwealth International Trade Working Paper publishes research on the global value chain in canned tuna by Dr Campling

Dr Liam Campling, Senior Lecturer in Political Economy and Director of the Centre on Labour and Global Production at QMUL, has recently published a research paper on the global value chain in canned tuna, with particular focus on the international fisheries trade regime and socio-economic development in low-income Commonwealth countries.

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The paper, which was published as part of the Commonwealth’s International Trade Working Paper series, examines the historic relationship between the European Union (EU) trade policy and domestic tuna processing in low-income Commonwealth countries. The paper also looks at actual and potential leverage of low-income Commonwealth states over segments of the tuna industry, with particular focus on sovereign rights over fisheries access.

Increasing the economic benefits to Small Island Developing States (SIDS) from the sustainable use of marine resources is one of the targets of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14 on the conservation and sustainable use of the oceans, seas and marine resources. With this target in mind, the paper looks at sovereign rights over fisheries access as set against the constraints of geographical isolation experienced by Commonwealth SIDS, and the associated costs of ocean-going sea freight.

Read the full paper online: Campling, L (2016), ‘The Global Value Chain in Canned Tuna, the International Trade Regime and Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14’, International Trade Working Paper 2016/22, Commonwealth Secretariat, London.