What is it about?

The article identifies factors to enhance Oman non-oil exports to the COMESA countries with a focus on innovations and trade facilitation. At the macro level, the article uses country trade data to explore the determinants of trade. At the firm level, the focus is on firm export behavior and innovation.

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Why is it important?

There are macro and micro level factors determining export success. The government needs to improve trade logistics to facilitate trade. Innovation is another key factor at the firm level.


This paper adds to the trade literature by focusing on firm level factors; namely innovation. In oil-exporting countries the government is playing the major role. This has to be complemented by firm level policies.

Lokman Zaibet
Sultan Qaboos University

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This page is a summary of: Doing Business in the COMESA Region: The Role of Innovation and Trade Facilitation, Perspectives on Global Development and Technology, September 2022, Brill, DOI: 10.1163/15691497-12341623.
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