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Economic Development in Africa Report 2013

The UNCTAD has just released the Economic Development in Africa Report 2013, subtitled “Intra-African Trade: Unlocking Private Sector Dynamism”. According to the study, African governments are embarked on a major campaign to reduce trade barriers between the continent’s countries, but while doing this, they had better take vigorous measures to boost their private sectors, or …
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Africa Competitiveness Report 2013

World Economic Forum, has just published “The Africa Competitiveness Report”. The study highlights areas requiring policy action and investment to ensure Africa lays the foundation for inclusive and sustained growth. Under the theme “Connecting Africa’s Markets in a Sustainable Way”, the report explores how Africa can connect its markets and communities through increased regional integration …
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Enabling Trade

The World Economic Forum in collaboration with Bain & Company and the World Bank has published the report, “Enabling Trade: Valuing Growth Opportunities”. The study finds that reducing supply chain barriers can increase global GDP up to 6 times more than removing all import tariffs. Such large increases in GDP would be associated with positive …
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OECD-WTO: Statistics on Trade in Value Added

New analysis from the OECD and WTO breaks with conventional measurement of trade flows to reflect the way businesses increasingly disperse production chains across several countries. By looking at imports and exports in value-added terms, a fuller picture can be built up of international trade and commercial relations between nations. The joint OECD – WTO …
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Brazilian Exports

The World Bank has just published the report titled, “Brazilian Exports: Climbing down a competitiveness cliff.” The study examines in detail Brazil’s export performance over the past 15 years, focusing not only on growth and composition, but also on different performance dimensions, including diversification, sophistication, and firm dynamics. The analysis uses international comparisons to better …
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Economic Freedom in the Arab World

Bahrain has been ranked number one in the Fraser Institute’s annual report on Economic Freedom of the Arab World. The gulf state improved its overall score to 8.1 out of 10 from 8.0. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) followed up with a score of 7.9., tying it for third place with Jordan, which improved its score from …
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China: Trade and product markets

This study by OECD explores the productivity impact of trade, product market and financial market policies over the last decade in China, the fast-growing Asian superpower, whose regulatory stance – despite recent reform action – remains still far from OECD standards. The report is available to download from the OECD website.

Trade and Development Report 2012

The UNCTAD has just published the “Trade and Development Report 2012”. The study reviews recent trends in the global economy and explores the links between income distribution, growth and development. Global output growth is slowing down. In developed economies, high unemployment, ongoing deleveraging and downward pressures on real wages are causing lack of demand. An …
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G20 Trade and Investment Measures

The OECD, WTO and UNCTAD have published the Report on G20 Trade and Investment Measures. The publication follows on the heels of the G20 Summit meeting inSeoul in 11-12 November 2010, when leaders reaffirmed the extension until the end of 2013 of their standstill commitment to resist protectionism. According to the new report, G20 governments …
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