Bridging distance for development: Elaborating a shared vision for MSMEs in the WTO

February 15, 2018

Internet-enabled commerce has the potential to reduce inequalities between and within countries, offering a tool for achieving the United Nations’ 10th Sustainable Development Goal.&... READ MORE


Bridging Distance for Development: Regulatory Cooperation Applied to Consumer Rights, Parcel Delivery and Sales Tax

August 10, 2017

This paper examines the need to encourage more widespread and inclusive participation of micro, small, and medium enterprises in global markets as a component of the Sustainable Development Goals.... READ MORE


Business recommendations on rules of origin in preferential trade agreements

May 4, 2017

As countries are increasingly concluding bilateral and regional Preferential Trade Agreements (PTAs), diverging rules of origin regulations and procedures are becoming a trade barrier along the who... READ MORE


As Western economies look inward, what’s the future for Latin American trade?

March 28, 2017

Latin America’s economic downturn seems finally to have bottomed out. Positive, if modest, growth is forecast for this year. But as the region recovers from the end of the commodity super cyc... READ MORE


South Korea Seeks to Jump-Start Central America Ties With Regional Trade Deal

December 19, 2016

Representatives from South Korea, Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras and Panama concluded negotiations for a free trade deal last month, with the final agreement expected to be si... READ MORE


RCEP negotiators conclude 2nd chapter

December 10, 2016

The 16th round of Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) negotiations has officially finished, after four days of negotiation meetings attended by more than 600 delegates from 16 participa... READ MORE


APEC Leaders Issue Declaration in Lima

November 20, 2016

The Leaders of the 21 APEC member economies concluded the 2016 APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Lima on Sunday by adopting a Declaration on advancing quality growth and human development. READ MORE


Harmonized Standards Can Sharpen EAC Competitive Edge

October 10, 2016

Standards are a vital element in trade, because they help business interaction and access to markets in the economy. Standards and compliance can also encourage trade by providing valuable information... READ MORE


South Asia's Turn:Policies to Boost Competitiveness and Create the Next Export Powerhouse

October 6, 2016

The report examines three critical and relatively understudied drivers of competitiveness: Economies of agglomeration: firms and workers accrue benefits from locating close together in cities or cl... READ MORE


The Importance of Inclusive Trade in Economic Development

September 28, 2016

This past two weeks, leaders from around the world gathered in New York to attend the United Nation’s General Assembly. One of the topics of discussion was the READ MORE


World Trade Report 2016 Levelling the trading field for SMEs

September 28, 2016

The 2016 World Trade Report examines the participation of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in international trade, how the international trade landscape is changing for SMEs, and what the... READ MORE


Alibaba floats airport free-trade zone

August 1, 2016

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has floated a proposal for a free trade zone to be created in Auckland near to the airport. Alibaba president Michael Evans promoted the idea to senior Cabinet ministe... READ MORE


APEC Senior Officials Drive Quality Growth Amid Headwinds

March 4, 2016

Senior Officials from the 21 APEC member economies have convened in Lima to develop new measures for delivering higher quality growth. They are intent on improving social mobility and living standards... READ MORE


Pacific Alliance technical groups convene in Colombia

March 2, 2016

The first session of the 23rd round of meetings of technical groups of the Pacific Alliance started on Tuesday featuring government officials of Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru gathered in Bogota. Th... READ MORE


NZ - EU FTA would benefit SMEs says McClay

February 16, 2016

New Zealand Trade Minister Todd McClay has been holding meetings about future negotiations with the EU in Brussels. A free trade agreement with the European Union would be of particular benefit to sma... READ MORE


The E15 Initiative: Strengthening the Global Trade and Investment System in the 21st Century

January 22, 2016

World trade has experienced a significant slowdown since the 2008 financial crisis. Over this period, the global ratio of trade expansion to income growth has halved. An effective global trade and... READ MORE


Going Global: Promoting the Internationalization of SMEs in Latin America and the Caribbean

March 1, 2014

This report offers practical recommendations for policymakers, companies, and practitioners on how to reduce each one of these barriers. It also presents three areas that can be leveraged to intern... READ MORE


Latin America "Pivots" to Asia

March 1, 2013

Although the TPP negotiations have received considerable attention, much of it has been focused on the participation of the United States and the interest of the Asian “giants,” particu... READ MORE