Areas of Activity
  1. Trends and prospect for south-south integration, including in particular in trade, finance, investment and technology, their interdependence and the consequences for policy making, including at the macroeconomic and sectoral levels.
  2. Integration opportunities around new growth poles in the South, including the emerging big regional economies, and the possible channels through which growth impulses could be transmitted to other developing countries; how these opportunities might be impacted, positively or negatively, by shifts in the wider global economy, including developments in advanced economies.

  3. The role of integration and cooperation among developing countries in supporting economic diversification and technological upgrading; the challenges, in this regard, that might face countries at different levels of development, including middle-income developing countries, and the additional support mechanisms for lower income countries to catch-up with regional neighbours.

  4. Policy responses and institutional requirements to support a deepening pattern of integration and cooperation among developing countries, with particular attention given to trade arrangements as well as to emerging forms of financial and monetary cooperation, and development assistance; the adjustment and safeguard mechanisms needed to support closer integration integration; lessons from past experiences as well as comparative perspectives; the scope for different cooperation models including triangular cooperation.
  5. The links between south-south cooperation and the wider multilateral agenda; including its role in ongoing efforts to rethink the international financial architecture, strengthening the development dimension of trade negotiations; improving aid effectiveness (including aid for trade).
  6. New threats and challenges, particularly those involving climate change but also related threats linked to food security and countries emerging from conflict.

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