New analysis of UK trade with developing countries

Development Monitor has launched a new trade dashboard which explores the UK’s trade with developing countries, both its importance for the UK and for people in developing countries.

The dashboard supports Development Monitor’s submission to the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) Trade out of Poverty inquiry on Commonwealth countries and its submission to the International Trade Committee inquiry into trade with developing countries.

The dashboard helps to answer questions like:

  • Which developing countries are most dependent on the UK as an export market?
  • How important is trade with the UK for Commonwealth developing countries?
  • What are the top developing country markets for UK goods and services exports?
  • Do developing countries that have signed up to a Economic Partnership Agreement export more to the UK than those that haven’t?

If you find the dashboard useful, or have suggestions for new features, please get in contact.

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Even more information on UK interactions with developing countries

We are bringing more data sources to our data dashboard to give you an even richer view of interactions between the UK and developing countries. You can now get a preview of what we plan to offer, including:

  • A breakdown of trade by commodity type so that you can see what is driving changes in trade patterns, e.g. oil and minerals versus agricultural products or machinery (currently only for Nigeria in the preview).
  • An overview of the UK’s outward investment position in developing countries, split between direct investments in developing country companies (usually at least a 10% stake), equity investment (e.g. shares) and debt securities.
  • Investments made by CDC, the UK’s Development Finance Institution (DFI), whose aim is to provide capital to businesses and entrepreneurs in Africa and South Asia.
  • Activity of UK foreign affiliates – companies in developing countries that are ultimately controlled by a UK company – including their turnover and employment.
  • Payments by UK registered companies to developing countries for natural resources, with details on the company and payment type (e.g. taxes and royalties).
  • Licences for exports of arms and other controlled goods approved by the government’s Export Control Organisation.

This is just a demonstration so the data has not yet been verified or documented, and only offers a simple country by country view. But we plan to provide full documentation (as we do for our current dashboard) as well as new tools for analysis and interpretation.

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