World Trade Organization - Joint study: restrictive measures
continue apace, accrued restraints hit 3% of imports
WTO News, 31 May, 2012
The seventh WTO-OECD-UNCTAD report for the G-20 on trade and
investment restrictions reveals that government-imposed trade and
investment restrictions have not slowed and that the pace of
removing such obstacles has decelerated. The accumulation of such
restraints means that nearly 3% of global imports are affected while
the restrictions now impact nearly 4% of G-20 trade.
Pascal Lamy: Aid for Trade can play "catalytic role" in trade
WTO News, 15 May, 2012
WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy, in opening the Aid for Trade
Workshop on Trade Finance at the WTO on 15 May 2012, said that "only
a third of the poorest countries benefit regularly from services
offered by trade finance programmes". He said that Aid for Trade, by
encouraging sound banking and financial policies, "can play a
catalytic role by helping address trade finance access and
Africa must chart a developmental path to avoid uprising
The Independent, 14 May, 2012
As uncertainty around the election of the head of the AU commission
continues, Africa must not lose sight of the equally important task
of creating a new, long-term growth and development path.
Strong growth threatened by rising poverty
Sowetan, 14 May, 2012
Africa’s strong economic growth trajectory is at risk because of
rising inequality, according to the 2012 Africa Progress Report.
Launched by the African Progress Panel (APP), the report said the
region would increase the pace of its growth well beyond 5% over the
next two years, but challenges required immediate attention.
India's demographic dividend may turn into a nightmare
WTO News, 14 May, 2012
While the number of working age youth in India is on the rise, it is
concentrated in regions that are also the poorest, both in terms of
savings and job potential.
Nepal: Managing urbanisation key to economic growth
The Himalayan Times, 13 May, 2012
Nepal is the least urbanised country in South Asia, but one of the
fastest urbanising countries in the region. Managing rapid
urbanisation is essential for improving growth, creating jobs and
reducing poverty, says the findings of a study ‘NEPAL: Urban Growth
and Spatial Transition: An Initial Assessment’.
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