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Merchandise trade grew moderately in most major economies in the first quarter of 2012. Total imports and exports of G7 and BRICS grew by 1.0% and 0.6% respectively.
If you want to export, you have to import, explains this OECD Insights blog post on the benefits of open markets. Trade has a positive effect on employment, wages and even working conditions, while protectionism protects no one.
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Over the course of the last half century, the global expansion of trade has reshaped the world economy. Trade opening has enabled economies to reap the benefits of specialisation and focus more productively on what they do best, through the sectors where they demonstrate comparative advantage.
Governments that foster open markets and resist protectionism have the best chance of stimulating inclusive economic growth and creating high-value jobs, according to a new study from 10 international organisations presented in Paris.
We must improve mobility policies, foster energy technology and innovation and we must go seamless to improve efficiency and connectivity of transport. It is time to act now, to design, promote and put in place better transport policies for better lives!
What incentives do our partners have to open their markets to our businesses when their own businesses have full access to ours? EU commissioners Karel De Gucht and Michel Barnier give the example of the European Union's new public procurement instrument.
Boosting trade is one of the surest drivers of sustainable growth, explains Ian Wood, Deputy Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the OECD, in this OECD Insights blog post.
Companies are increasingly producing goods and services through supply chains spanning different countries.
An overview of OECD activities with Indonesia in analysing trade issues such as policy, services trade, export restrictions, aid for trade, and export credits.
An overview of OECD work with Brazil in trade issues such as export credits, trade policy, trade liberalisation and the relationship between trade and employment.