The Exit in Brexit

Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty might be short but it is a very powerful clause that determines how a country leaves the European Union (EU). This in effect is how make the exit in Brexit work.

The BBC  has done nice graphic of the steps the UK will have to take under Article 50.

Brexit steps

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Chicken Rearing: Sustainable Supply Chain Management Storymap

This StoryMap is by one of my students, Leitha Lacy,  from the Excelsior Community College in Kingston, Jamaica. It is his project submission for the Sustainable Supply Chain Management course.

Here she tells a sustainability story on chicken raring.

The views expressed are those of the student and not of this author or this blog.

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Is it time for Electronic Free Trade Zone?

Is it time for Electronic Free Trade Zone?

The Executive Chairman of the Alibaba Group, Jack Ma, seems to think so. In his recent address at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum he called for the establishment of online free trade zones. These e-hubs would be focused on increasing the participation of small business in global trade who due to their size often face challenges plugging into the global market place.

But what exactly is an Electronic Free Trade Zone?

Free Trade Zones go by varying names depending on the policy objectives and priorities of the country that implement them.  However, no matter the policy objectives or name, Free Trade Zones bare  – Special Economic Zones (SEZ), Free Zones, Enterprise Zones, etc – have some commonalities. According to the World Bank they are defined as:

Geographically delimited areas, usually physically secured (fenced-in), single management/administration, eligibility for benefits based upon physical location within the zone, separate customs area (duty-free benefits) and streamlined procedures.

Free Trade Zones are development tools used by governments to attract, and facilitate investments that act as catalysts to diversify whole or targeted segments of their economies. Logically then an Electronic Free Trade Zone would simply therefore be an electronic version of the above. In other words an e- commerce tool used to by governments to attract investments that would act as catalysts to strengthen the participation of small businesses in global trade. The idea then of a Electronic Free Trade Zone is an intriguing one indeed. This especially true where focused on giving small business opportunities to trade globally.

However, there is one major issue that needs to be addressed. And that is if Free Trade Zones are “geographically delimited areas” by definition they are bound by being physical defined places. However, electronic platforms by definition are not so bound. Therefore, we seemingly have a contradiction here. So did Jack Ma get it wrong?

Not necessarily.

To find out why I think so, stay tuned for part II.

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Cocoa: Sustainable Supply Chain Management Storymap

This StoryMap is by one of my students, Sackeiph Hutchinson ,  from the Excelsior Community College in Kingston, Jamaica. It is his project submission for the Sustainable Supply Chain Management course.

Here she tells a sustainability story on Cocoa.

The views expressed are those of the student and not of this author or this blog.

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Rum: Sustainable Supply Chain Management Storymap

This StoryMap is by one of my students, Oneil Johnson,  from the Excelsior Community College in Kingston, Jamaica. It is his project submission for the Sustainable Supply Chain Management course.

Here he tells a sustainability story about Rum.

The views expressed are those of the student and not of this author or this blog.

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Pharmaceutical: Sustainable Supply Chain Management Storymap

This StoryMap is by one of my students, Sharna Johnson,  from the Excelsior Community College in Kingston, Jamaica. It is his project submission for the Sustainable Supply Chain Management course.

Here she tells a sustainability story about the pharmaceutical industry.

The views expressed are those of the student and not of this author or this blog.

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Formply: Sustainable Supply Chain Management Storymap

This StoryMap is by one of my students, Orane Williams,  from the Excelsior Community College in Kingston, Jamaica. It is his project submission for the Sustainable Supply Chain Management course.

Here he tells a sustainability story on formply.

The views expressed are those of the student and not of this author or this blog.

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The Sugar Industry in Jamaica: Sustainable Supply Chain Management Storymap

This StoryMap is by one of my students, Juliet McKenzie,  from the Excelsior Community College in Kingston, Jamaica. It is his project submission for the Sustainable Supply Chain Management course.

Here she tells a sustainability story on the sugar industry in Jamaica.

The views expressed are those of the student and not of this author or this blog.

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Corn Distribution: Sustainable Supply Chain Management Storymap

This StoryMap is by one of my students, Janeel Jackson, from the Excelsior Community College in Kingston, Jamaica. It is his project submission for the Sustainable Supply Chain Management course.

Here she tells a sustainability story on the distribution of corn.

The views expressed are those of the student and not of this author or this blog.

 

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Ice-cream: Sustainable Supply Chain Management Storymap

This StoryMap is by one of my students, Philisha Talbert, from the Excelsior Community College in Kingston, Jamaica. It is his project submission for the Sustainable Supply Chain Management course.

Here she tells a sustainability story about a favorite treat of children and adults alike, ice-cream.

The views expressed are those of the student and not of this author or this blog.

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