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The economic crisis is placing severe strains on the global trade and investment system. Although few of the corrective measures currently being proposed are protectionist in intent, history reminds us not to be complacent.
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This document provides an update on developments in the field of regional trade agreements and environment in late 2006 and 2007. It is based on publicly available information and includes an overview of provisions on environment in trade agreements signed since end 2006.
In his speech delivered at the China Development Forum, Mr. Gurría described the OECD strategic response to the crisis. Stronger means making our economies more resilient and able to deliver durable benefits in terms of material well-being. Cleaner is not only in the sense of environmentally sustainable, but also addressing the “darker” side of globalisation, issues like money laundering, corruption and tax evasion that impede us from
Brazil, Russia, India, Indonesia, China and South Africa (the BRIICS economies) have increased their share of world trade. To build on this progress, these countries should resist protectionism and revive stalled trade reforms, says this OECD study on globalisation.
Resisting protectionism and reviving stalled trade reforms would help the major emerging economies build on the progress achieved over the past two decades and emerge from the crisis with their trade performance strengthened, says a new OECD report.
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The number of people living in high growth economies or in countries with per capita incomes at OECD levels has increased fourfold over the last 30 years – from 1 billion to 4 billion, according to the Growth Commission.
As the global economic slowdown threatens to increase food insecurity among the world’s poor, a new OECD report calls on the major emerging economies to ensure their agricultural policies are focussed on long-term sustainability rather than short-term fixes..
OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría has warned of a “crisis of globalisation” if governments succumb to protectionist pressures. Speaking to the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris, he said emergency stimulus measures taken by governments during the crisis needed to be carefully conceived and monitored to preserve the long-term strength of the economy.
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Agri-food sectors have seen an increasing use of contracts, which raises concerns such as market transparency and the role of government. This paper looks at the incentives behind this increase in contract use and identifies emerging policy issues.
Source: OECD Statistics on International Trade in Services, Detailed Tables by Partner Country - Annual trade in total services statistics are shown - when available - for OECD countries plus EU, Euro Area, European Union Institutions, Hong Kong, China and the Russian Federation. The data concern bilateral trade between residents and non-residents of countries and are reported within the framework of the Manual on Statistics of