OECD News: Trade #2


OECD News: Trade
N° 2, February, 2014

This brand new report from the OECD examines the potential impact of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement concluded in Bali on trade costs. Download the report now and explore the benefits of full implementation and limited implementation scenarios and discover our estimates of the overall potential trade costs reductions.

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News & Events

The OECD will launch its new Services Trade Restrictiveness Index and database during the annual forum and ministerial week from the 5th to the 7th of May. Our next newsletter will feature a number of key materials on the subject. In the meantime, read up on the STRI, why it's important and how it can help improve trade policy making.


The Global Forum on Trade 2014 took place on 11-12 February and brought together trade policy makers, academic experts and negotiators at the OECD in Paris. Visit the Forum website and access the agenda, power point presentations, and a report on the forum outcomes.


The OECD is contributing actively to the establishment of an Agricultural Market Information System (AMIS). Get the latest AMIS market monitor for February 2014 and then sign-up to be automatically notified of future updates.

Policy Papers

This paper takes stock of the available legal protection for trade secrets (undisclosed information) in a broad sample of countries and develops a Trade Secrets Protection Index providing an assessment of variation in the available protection.

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World trade and production are increasingly structured around "global value chains" (GVCs) and this paper provides evidence and indicators for a more accurate picture of the integration and position of countries in GVCs around the world.

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Global value chains (GVCs) have important implications for trade policy. The paper presents four case studies including an important comparison of regional trade networks with global production networks.

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This report analyzes the specific factors that affect the competitiveness of developing countries in global value chains (GVCs), and how these factors differ across four major economic sectors: agriculture, extractive industries, manufacturing and offshore services.

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Demand for non-renewable natural resources is forecast to rise steadily over the coming decades, creating opportunities for minerals-rich countries. This paper examines some of the policies in place in Botswana that have contributed to the management of its substantial minerals sector.

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An important source of political opposition to reducing emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) arises from concerns over negative effects on the competitiveness of domestic firms. This review examines one of the proposed solutions, Border Carbon Adjustment, and other alternative solutions.

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Topics & Statistics

> Trade and jobs
> Benefits of Trade Liberalisation
> Services Trade
> Non-tariff measures
> Trade Facilitation
> Enviroment and Trade
> Export Credits
> Trade and Development
> Aid for Trade
> International Trade
> Agricultural Trade

Statistics & Databases

> OECD-WTO TiVA indicators
> Maps of trade in value added
> Services Trade Restrictiveness Index
> Trade facilitation indicators
> Agricultural Outlook 2013-2022
> Producer and Consumer Support Estimates



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