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UNCTAD: Key Statistics and Trends in Trade Policy 2018

UNCTAD has recently launched the report “Key Statistics and Trends in Trade Policy 2018: Trade Tensions, Implications for Developing Countries”. During the last decade international trade has been characterized by a progressive shift in the use of trade policy instruments. Despite the trade tensions that have characterised the last year, tariffs have remained substantially stable …
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How to Transform Your Airline

Major transformations of airlines are common, and frequently disappointing. They are common for good reason: the industry is structurally difficult. Unit revenues have declined an average of 2 percent per year over the past 20 years as a result of intensifying competition and commoditization. The battle to reduce costs has continually run up against the substantial …
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Emerging Trends in Infrastructure 2018

Infrastructure continues to drive growth of the global economy.  Governments have the desire and ambition to invest, and new technologies and innovation are unlocking development opportunity, but social, financial and political division risks stalling critical action. This report by KPMG identifies the trends that will pose the greatest challenges and fuel new opportunities for infrastructure …
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Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment Report 2018

This report by UN Environment, the Frankfurt School-UNEP Collaborating Centre, and Bloomberg New Energy Finance, finds that falling costs for solar electricity, and to some extent wind power, is continuing to drive deployment. The renewable energy market continues to make remarkable progress. Last year was the eighth in a row that global investment in renewables exceeded US$200 billion. Much of …
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Global Insurance Market Trends 2017

The insurance industry is a major component of the economy by virtue of the amount of premiums it collects, the scale of its investment and, more fundamentally, the essential social and economic role it plays by covering personal and business risks. This annual report monitors global insurance market trends to support a better understanding of …
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The Future of Healthcare: Finding the Opportunities that Lie Beneath the Uncertainty

Healthcare is a dynamic industry with significant opportunity, but cost concerns, uncertainty, and complexity can also make it an unnerving one. Substantial upside exists for players that can deliver value-creating solutions and thrive under uncertainty. The report is available from the McKinsey website.

Trouble in the Making? The Future of Manufacturing-Led Development

This report from the World Bank Group’s Trade & Competitiveness Global Practice explains that the criteria for becoming a desirable manufacturing location are changing. Companies once influenced by the prospect of inexpensive labor costs are beginning to favor locations that can better take advantage of new technologies. The report is available from the World Bank …
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Small, Medium, Strong. Trends in SME Performance and Business Conditions

SMEs and entrepreneurs play a key role in national economies around the world, generating employment and income, contributing to innovation and knowledge diffusion, responding to new or niched demands and social needs, and enhancing social inclusion. However, SMEs are often more affected by business environment conditions and structural policies than larger firms. This report presents …
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