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Peter Draper

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Areas of Expertise: Regions Africa North-America WTO and Globalization EU Trade Agreements

Peter Draper

Peter Draper is Senior Fellow at ECIPE and Director of Tutwa Consulting, a consultancy specialising in policy and regulatory analysis with a focus on trade and investment policies in Southern African and emerging markets. He occupies a number of positions in the think tank space, including, domestically: Senior Research Fellow in the Economic Diplomacy programme at the South African Institute of International Affairs; Lecturer at Wits Business School where he has won two teaching awards; and Senior Consultant to the India, Brazil, and South Africa think tank consortium at the Centre for Development and Enterprise. His current international affiliations include: board member of the Botswana Institute for Development Policy Analysis; member and vice-chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Global Trade and FDI. He holds a Master of Commerce degree from the University of Natal (now University of KwaZulu-Natal).

Formerly he worked for South Africa’s national department of trade and industry, in various positions: head of the Asia 2 desk; leading the establishment of bilateral trade negotiations between Mercosur and SACU; and Head of Economic Analysis and Research in the Trade Policy Division where he was responsible for advising the Department on its FTA and broader trade negotiations strategy. Subsequently he established the Development Through Trade unit at the South African Institute of International Affairs, where he worked extensively on regional economic integration in Southern and Eastern Africa, SACU’s various free trade agreement negotiations particularly with the European Union and the United States, and the World Trade Organization’s Doha Round. He has also conducted a number of consultancies on various aspects of free trade negotiations, trade and investment policy, including for the following organizations: The SACU Secretariat; the SADC Secretariat; the World Bank; the WTO; the OECD; the UK’s Department of International Development; the Australian Aid Agency; USAID; Business Unity South Africa; Business Leadership South Africa; and most recently for the ACP Secretariat where he reviewed strategic implications of the mega-regional negotiations being conducted between the US and select partners in Asia (TPP) and the US and EU (TTIP).

  • ECIPE Occasional Papers

    Mega-regional Trade Agreements: Implications for the African, Caribbean and Pacific Countries

    By: Peter Draper 

    In the wake of the ninth WTO ministerial conference in Bali, in December 2013, there is renewed optimism that the WTO can deliver something. The time is therefore right for member states to strategically reappraise their positions in the context of their overarching domestic and regional trade strategies. Central to any appraisal is the new geopolitical reality represented by the free trade agreements (FTAs) being negotiated by the major industrial powers. Led by...

  • Jan Tumlir Policy Essays

    EU-Africa Trade Relations: The Political Economy of Economic Partnership Agreements

    By: Peter Draper 

    For the last five years the European Union has been negotiating Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) with the African, Caribbean, and Pacific (ACP) states. These negotiations, aiming for Free Trade Agreements, are fraught with substantive problems. There is also a looming crisis. In the New Year the WTO waiver for the current shape of EU-ACP preferential trade accords will expire. The EPAs are intended to replace the current trade order, but the negotiations...

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