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Looming US-China trade wars risks leaving us all less prosperous

Monday, 11 June 2018

With the start date looming for American tariffs on Chinese goods, China and the US are on the brink of a £75 billion trade war, with profound implications for global prosperity.

The latest round of talks ended without a breakthrough, and with a resolution seemingly far from sight. Whilst Beijing issued a tough warning to President Trump over impending tariffs on Chinese goods, the President responded to the issue on twitter, claiming “the US has been ripped off by other countries for years on trade, time to get smart!” China has however said it is willing to increase imports from other countries, including the US, presenting itself as the voice of free trade and challenging the US “America first” rhetoric.

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In City A.M. Molly Kiniry says the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting provides the chance to discuss trade with a focus on developing countries

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) currently underway is the perfect petri dish for the start of trade talks.

These 54 heads of government, plus business representatives from each country, can say with authority (and this week, in privacy) what they would need to make a Commonwealth free trade agreement (FTA) happen.

The Commonwealth has not historically been a trading organisation, and at present its members are bound only by the bilateral agreements they have independently signed with one another. But Brexit presents the opportunity to rethink its strategic value as an organisation which covers five continents and billions of people.

Read the full article in City A.M. here.


New African free trade deal promises to be a transformative pathway from poverty

Monday, 26 March 2018

Last week's creation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) brings into being one of the world's largest free trade blocs, which promises to open the continent's economies to unprecedented trade and investment.

Trade between African nations remains comparatively low, accounting for only around ten per cent of commerce on the continent. CFTA, agreed at the AU's recent summit in Kigali, is designed to change that, by allowing the free flow of goods and services between its members. The UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) has estimated its impact could increase intra-African trade by as much as 52 per cent by 2022, compared with trade levels in 2010. 

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Radomir Tylecote tells City AM that joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) would be a true statement of intent by global Britain

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Participating in City AM's debate with Labour MP Alison McGovern, Radomir argued that membership of TPP would demonstrate Britain’s new trading independence.

The TPP is one of the most advanced trade agreements in the world, but doubters have suggested that, not being a Pacific nation, Britain should not or cannot join. Not so. TPP is an open agreement, and signatories have indicated they want us on board.

But we won’t be able to join in just any circumstances. We will need control over not only tariffs, but also regulations currently determined by the EU. Many do not meet TPP standards – for example, in data flows and agriculture – as they favour incumbents, harming consumer welfare. Being ready to join the TPP, and other agreements, will require that we determine regulations ourselves.

Asia-Pacific is the fastest growing region in the world, and the TPP gives Britain a trading opportunity we should not miss.

You can access the full debate here


On BBC Radio4 Shanker Singham supports a creative and flexible approach in order to get the best withdrawal agreement between the EU and the UK

Friday, 1 September 2017

Shanker Singham tells BBC Radio4 that a clear and timely withdrawal agreement benefits both the UK and the EU in terms of agreeing a financial settlement and a future trade relationship. 

Listen to the BBC Radio4 interview here


Shanker Singham tells BBC Radio4 that Crawford Falconer is the best man to negotiate our trade deals

Saturday, 26 August 2017

Crawford Falconer, a trade negotiator from New Zealand and former Commissioner with our Special Trade Commission, has been appointed by the Government as chief trade negotiator for the many trade deals that need to be made once Britain has left the EU.

This is a massive undertaking and BBC Radio4 sought the views of friends, family and colleagues to shed light on Crawford's career and see if he's up to the task ahead.

Shanker Singham, Chairman of our Special Trade Commission, is confident Crawford has what it takes. He said in the interview:

"There's more than just knowledge and experience in having done negotiations. There are of course lots of people who have done that. It's also the character that you bring to this. You're going to have to have someone who is optimistic, who is vision oriented and who can see the big picture...You need somebody there who's got their eye firmly on the prize of success. One of the things about Crawford is he does have that."

Listen to the BBC Radio4 interview here


In a BBC interview Victoria Hewson says technology will help provide border solutions with Ireland

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

The BBC sought the views of our Senior Counsel to the Special Trade Commission, Victoria Hewson on the use of technology to monitor the border. 

Victoria reiterated that Government doesn't want physical borders so the technology used would need to be away from the border solutions. Solutions include filing customs declarations electronically, this system is currently used outside the customs union. 

Listen to the interview here


Shanker Singham tells Voice of America that the G-20 summit can help clarify the global trade agenda

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Ahead of the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Voice of America interviewed our Director of Economic Policy, Shanker Singham, to find out his views on the future of global trade.

Read the full interview here.


Victoria Hewson discussed the future of free trade as part of a panel at the International Financial Services Forum

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Victoria Hewson was part of a panel which discussed how firms should navigate their way through the unprecedented change that has resulted from the triggering of Article 50.

Watch the discussion here



Shanker Singham and Victoria Hewson write for CapX on the EU-Singapore case which gives the EU wide negotiating latitude

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

The Court of Justice of the EU has found that the EU’s competence in trade negotiations is more extensive than even the Advocate-General opined last year. In CapX, Shanker Singham, Chairman of the Special Trade Commission and Victoria Hewson, Senior Counsel to the Special Trade Commission write that this should make it easier for the EU to do deals with other countries including the UK.   

Read the full article here



The Sunday Times interviewed Shanker Singham on trade negotiations

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Shanker Singham, Chairman of Legatum Institute's Special Trade Commission, was interviewed for The Sunday Times on the process for negotiating trade deals as the UK exits the European Union. 

Read the interview here

Read our latest paper, A Blueprint for Trade Policy, here.


Shanker Singham writes for the Daily Telegraph about the importance of continuing to push towards global free trade.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Chairman of Legatum Institute's Special Trade Commission, Shanker Singham says it is crucial that we push towards a goal of free trade, free markets and genuine competition within borders. If we are able to reduce the anti-competitive distortions which thwart competition, we will be able to ensure that wealth is created and the global economy grows.

Read the full article here


Shanker Singham delivers speech to Commonwealth Trade Ministers.

Monday, 13 March 2017

Chairman of Legatum Institute's Special Trade Commission, Shanker Singham recently delivered a speech to the Commonwealth Trade Ministers' meeting in London looking at ways to re-energise Commonwealth trade policy.

Press Release

Legatum Institute responds to George Osborne’s BCC speech

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

LONDON— Chair of the Legatum Institute’s Special Trade Commission, Shanker Singham, responds to former Chancellor George Osborne’s remarks at the British Chambers of Commerce conference today - 28th February.


Shanker Singham talks to BBC Radio 4 Today Programme about US and UK Trade

Friday, 27 January 2017

Our Chairman of The Legatum Institute's Special Trade Commission Shanker Singham spoke to Rob Young @robyougnuk about the potential for a UK and US Trade deal as the Prime Minister and President meet at the White House. 


Rewriting the Silk Road: One Belt, One Road and China’s Trading Past

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

The Legatum Institute's History of Capitalism series hosted a half-day seminar focused on China’s trading past and President Xi Jinping’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative, throwing myth-shedding light on modernity and vice versa.


Fox Declares Trade Ministry ‘Open For Business’

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Britain’s settlement with the EU will depend in part on how well it appears to have proceeded with the non-EU trade talks, writes Shanker Singham, Director of Economic Policy & Prosperity Studies and Chairman of the Legatum Institute Special Trade Commission (Financial Times)


Introduction to Anti-Competitive Market Distortions and the Distortions Index

Thursday, 1 September 2016

In early 2017, the Legatum Institute's 'Economics of Prosperity programme will publish an index on Anti-Competitive Market Distortions. The report will quantify market distortions on a global scale across the areas of property rights, international competition, and domestic competition. This paper offers an introduction to the objectives and methodology behind the Index.


Brexit Britain Has a Historic Opportunity To Reshape Global Trade

Monday, 22 August 2016

Brexit represents a historic opportunity for Britain to reclaim its leadership role in promoting open trade, competition and the protection of property rights says Shanker Singham, Director of Economic Policy & Prosperity Studies and Chairman of the Legatum Institute Special Trade Commission. (Reaction)


Dear Chancellor, Provide Stability but Let's Keep Our Options Open

Friday, 15 July 2016

In an article for CAPX, Shanker Singham, Director of Economic Policy & Prosperity Studies at the Legatum Institute discusses the issues surrounding the chancellors pledge to match EU funding for former programs. (CAPX)


21st Century Capitalism: The Tools to Deal with Trade Policy

Thursday, 30 June 2016

The Legatum Institute's Economics of Prosperity programme was pleased to host a breakfast discussion with Razeen Sally, one of the world’s leading trade experts.


Trading Up: New Ideas for UK Exports

Friday, 17 June 2016

Emily Redding is the author of a new paper that raises some of the major issues faced by UK exporters, and offers policy recommendations for how these issues can be addressed in order to improve the UK’s export market and overall productivity.

Press Release

UK Risks Missing £1Trillion Exports Target, Warns Think Tank

Thursday, 16 June 2016

LONDON—The UK risks missing its target of increasing exports to £1trillion by 2020 unless it abandons its misplaced focus on boosting the number of SMEs who export their goods and services and instead concentrates on helping existing exporters build permanent footholds in new markets.


Britain's Future in the World: A Time of Choosing

Thursday, 5 May 2016

As the EU referendum approaches, the Legatum Institute hosted a debate on Britain’s role in the world with Steve Baker (MP for Wycombe), Gideon Rachman (Financial Times) and Anne Applebaum (Legatum Institute).


Cottonopolis: Manchester, the Growth and Growing Pains of a Modern City

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

In the third History of Capitalism lecture for 2016, Victoria Bateman, Fellow in Economics at Cambridge University's Gonville and Caius College, charted the rise of Manchester, discussing the growing pains involved in its rapid growth into a truly international city.


The Dutch Just Showed the World How Russia Influences Western Europe Elections

Friday, 8 April 2016

The Dutch vote against a European trade deal with Ukraine shows the power of small groups of angry people, writes Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute (Washington Post).


Leaving the EU Will Weaken Britain and Its Place in Europe

Friday, 8 April 2016

With Western values facing unprecedented challenges, undermining Europe is a risk too far, argues Anne Applebaum, Director of the Legatum Institute’s Transitions Forum (Evening Standard)


Saving Britain’s Steel Industry: From Redcar to Port Talbot

Friday, 1 April 2016

The British government must act now to ensure its trading partners deliver not only open trade, but equally importantly competitive markets inside the border, undistorted by anti-competitive practices and policies, writes Shanker Singham, Director of Economic Policy and Prosperity Studies at the Legatum Institute (CapX)


Trump/Sanders Policies Could Cost Six Million American Jobs

Friday, 11 March 2016

The protectionist policies put forward by US Republican candidates, Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, will be the biggest job-killer we have seen since the Great Depression, writes Shanker Singham, Director of Economic Policy and Prosperity Studies at the Legatum Institute (CapX)


Lubeck and the Hanseatic League: The Birthplace of the Common Market

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

In the first lecture of the 2016 History of Capitalism series, David Abulafia, Professor of Mediterranean History at Cambridge University and Legatum Fellow, told the story of the Hanseatic League and the city of Lubeck that lay at its heart.


New Zealand Can Negotiate Vast Trade Deals Like TPP. Why Can't Britain?

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

The European Union is a disaster area for free trade agreements - and one whose share of global GDP is actually shrinking, writes Harriet Maltby, Government and Economics Researcher at the Legatum Institute (Daily Telegraph)