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  • 10-June-2021

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    Multi-dimensional Review of the Western Balkans - Assessing Opportunities and Constraints

    The Western Balkans region has come a long way over the last two decades in achieving economic and social progress. With a population of 17.6 million, the region today boasts a combined gross domestic product (GDP) of close to EUR 100 billion, an average GDP per capita of about EUR 5 400 and a comprehensive process of integration with the European Union. This report provides multi-dimensional assessments across the economic, social, finance, governance and environmental pillars of sustainable development for five economies of the region. The region’s location, its deep relationships with Europe and its academic tradition present many opportunities for future development, especially at a time when distances are shrinking further with digitalisation. Making the most of this potential will require collaboration in tackling challenges, which have been further exposed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Boosting competences and education, strengthening social cohesion and ensuring a green transformation towards clean energy and the valuation of the region’s natural wealth, emerge as strategic priorities. Beyond practical and financial constraints, future solutions must address considerable institutional and governance challenges that remain across the region.
  • 7-June-2021

    English

    Online Stocktake of Company Reporting Requirements in different trading hubs

    This online Stocktake of company reporting requirements applicable in different trading hubs is intended to take stock of current transparency, reporting and anti-corruption requirements across key global trading hubs.

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  • 1-June-2021

    Spanish

    DevTalks - Europa, America latina e iniciativas de deuda

    En este DEV Talk - Miércoles del Gran Continente, expertos internacionales debatirán sobre cómo los socios internacionales de América Latina, especialmente en la Unión Europea y la Presidencia italiana del G20, pueden apoyar iniciativas para dotar a la región de recursos suficientes para financiar su desarrollo.

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  • 1-June-2021

    English

    DevTalks: Europe, Latin America and debt relief initiatives

    This DEVTalk in collaboration with Miércoles del Grand Continent, will engage experts in a discussion on how Latin America’s international partners, specifically the European Union and the Italian G20 Presidency, can support measures to extend debt relief efforts to the region.

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  • 31-May-2021

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    OECD initiatives on corruption in commodity trading

    Hosted by the OECD Development Centre, the Thematic Dialogue on Commodity Trading Transparency was launched in response to the call made at the London 2016 Anti-Corruption Summit to provide a multi-stakeholder dialogue platform for collaboration on how the global and multifaceted challenges of corruption in commodity trading can be addressed from both the supply and demand sides.

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  • 28-May-2021

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    Online Mapping Tool of State-owned Enterprises and their subsidiaries

    The Online Mapping Tool of State-owned Enterprises and their subsidiaries originally conceived to support buyers in determining whether the seller they are dealing with is an SOE, the on-line mapping tool covers not just subsidiaries selling oil, gas and minerals, but all subsidiaries of selected SOEs in order to increase the utility of the tool for a wider number of potential end-users for improved accountability.

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  • 27-May-2021

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    Forecasting developing Asian economies during normal times and large external shocks: Approaches and challenges

    Predicting future economic trends appropriately is essential to economic policy making. Currently, the DSGE model approach is a benchmark economic forecasting technique widely employed. However, large external shocks, such as large-scale natural disasters and COVID-19, challenge current approaches to economic forecasting. Multiple approaches will be needed in this situation, including reduced-form model and indicator-based approaches. This paper discusses different forecasting approaches, by comparing forecasts during normal times and crisis periods. The Medium-term Projection Framework (MPF), used in the Economic Outlook for Southeast Asia, China and India series, receives particular attention. The paper also examines challenges unique to developing Asia and large external shock periods. The measurement of potential output, difficulties in modelling the credit channel, and the incorporation of Big Data pose challenges regarding developing Asian countries, and large external shocks may force deviation from assumptions of traditional frameworks such as rational expectations. Finally, this paper points out that natural disasters will be a useful proxy for large shocks in Developing Asia.
  • 26-May-2021

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    Financing the extension of social insurance to informal economy workers - The role of remittances

    Informal employment, defined through the lack of employment-based social protection, constitutes the bulk of employment in developing countries, and entails a level of vulnerability to poverty and other risks that are borne by all who are dependent on informal work income. Results from the Key Indicators of Informality based on Individuals and their Households database (KIIbIH) show that a disproportionately large number of middle‑class informal economy workers receive remittances. Such results confirm that risk management strategies, such as migration, play a part in minimising the potential risks of informal work for middle‑class informal households who may not be eligible to social assistance. They further suggest that middle‑class informal workers may have a solvent demand for social insurance so that, if informality-robust social insurance schemes were made available to them, remittances could potentially be channelled to finance the extension of social insurance to the informal economy.
  • 17-May-2021

    English

    DevTalks : Fixing the disconnect between national strategies and international co-operation

    In this Dev Talk, we will look to Africa, first at the regional level, exploring how the current regional governance structure could foster better regional co-operation across the continent, and what other regions could learn from the opportunities and constraints it may face.

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  • 17-May-2021

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    Priority actions for Africa’s sustainable development after COVID-19

    In the run-up to the Summit on Financing African economies of 18th May 2021, we identified three strategic interventions to strengthen Africa’s sustainable recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic. LINK TO PAPER

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