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
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This study examines the extent and nature of informal cross-border trade in selected Sub-Saharan African countries and identifies which trade facilitation measures have the potential to encourage traders to switch from informal to formal trade.
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Significant regulatory reforms have taken place in the service sectors of Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Morocco over the last decade, but a broad range of restrictions still remain.
Six studies that examine how border bottlenecks affect trade and investment flows, how these bottlenecks might be reduced, and whether the expense involved is worth it.
Following the 105th Participants Meeting which took place on the 21st January 2009, the Participants to the Arrangement on Officially Supported Export Credits have agreed to some modifications to the rules of the Arrangement.
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Trade in services contributes to a broader services supplier base that supports competitiveness in high-technology and high-value added manufacturing.
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The role of agricultural policies in addressing the development needs of poorer countries is high on the political agenda, for both structural reasons and as a result of recent market developments.