How Do You Improve the Backbone of International Trade? April 9, 2014
The LPI is an interactive benchmarking tool created to help countries identify the challenges and opportunities they face in their performance on trade logistics and what they can do to improve their performance. The LPI 2014 allows for comparisons across 160 countries.
Improving Trade is a Long Road February 12, 2013
From Nepal to Central America, developing countries face higher costs trading with next-door neighbors than with far-away partners. A new database reveals the bottlenecks. Release | Database | Blog
Interview with Paul Brenton, author of the 'Africa Can Feed Africa' report October 2012
Principal author of "Africa Can feed Africa," Paul Brenton discusses some of the findings of his report, which takes an in-depth look at food security in Africa in relation to country policies and regional intergration.More >>
Lao trade portal aims to ease import, export barriers June 26, 012
The Lao PDR Trade Portal is the Government of Lao PDR's website that provides a single reference point for all trade related information including laws, regulations, procedures, tariffs and other useful information for traders involved in the import, export and transit business. The Lao PDR Trade Portal can be accessed here >>
Secure Economic Growth for SADC June 2011
New World Bank research shows that a combination of policy barriers are hampering regional trade in both goods and services among Southern African countries, and calls for a new generation of policy reforms to realize "Factory Southern Africa" for securing economic growth, creating jobs, reducing skills gaps and promoting keener competitiveness. Joining ABN to discuss the report's assessment of the SADC is senior economist, Taye Mengistae and Ian Gillson, Senior trade economist both from the World Bank. More >>
Regional Trade and Growth in Asia and Latin America November 3, 2010
Latin America is well known as a region that has emphasized regional integration for many years, and this has materialized in several preferential agreements. Yet the intensity of regional trade remains much lower than in other regions. In recent years Latin American exports have benefitted from favorable commodity prices and this has stimulated the intensification of trade links with Asian countries. At the same time, Latin America faces the challenge of increasing imports from Asia, as well as an increasing competition of Asian products in its export markets. This work compares Asia and Latin American regional trade with regard to its composition and its effects over GDP growth. It is argued that the recent Asian experience might be seen as both a model and a challenge to Latin America. More >>
Conference: Growth, Competitiveness and Role of Government Policies June 16, 2010
This conference brought together some of the leading academics and policymakers to discuss key policy questions - revisiting the current debate on industrial policy and the coordination mechanisms that have been used to enhance trade performance, including export diversification and quality upgrading.
Managing Openness: Outward-Oriented Growth Strategies after the Crisis May 10, 2010
The recent economic crisis has triggered countries worldwide to question the merits of trade liberalization, openness to foreign investment and even the broader phenomenon of globalization. But this juncture also presents an important opportunity for countries to examine existing paradigms of growth, and devise future strategies that will help balance economic growth, development and openness. This seminar featured presentations and a discussion session by leading experts and policymakers on the prospects of managing openness after the crisis.
Trade Facilitation Video Feature: Northern Corridor May 6, 2010
Following the logistics of a coffee exporter from Kenya (port of Mombasa) and through the border in Kenya/Uganda (Malaba) and to the final clearance in Kampala, the video captures some of the key facilitation issues along the Northern Corridor. The video highlights the benefits of facilitation measures to improve logistics efficiency through programs such as the World Bank’s East Africa Trade and Transport Facilitation Project aimed at improving trade logistics and customs efficiency along the northern corridor, and thereby stimulating economic growth in the region.
World Bank Launches Trade Strategy Consultations April 6, 2010
The World Bank Group launched consultations to gather input for a trade strategy, which is expected to be completed in late 2010. The consultations will be part of a broad effort to gather a wide range of views on how the World Bank Group can help developing countries create opportunities for the poor and grow economies sustainably. More information >>
Global Trade Logistics Improving, but more Needed to Boost Recovery January 15, 2010
The capacity of countries to efficiently move goods and connect manufacturers and consumers with international markets is improving around the world, but much more is needed to spur faster economic growth and help firms benefit from trade recovery, according to a new World Bank Group survey on trade logistics. Learn more about Logistics Performance Index >>
CNBC Interview with Bernard Hoekman: WTO Pushes for Cheaper Finance September 29, 2009
Pascal Lamy, the head of the World Trade Organisation, said financial regulations must be reformed to make trade finance cheaper and more accessible. Prof. Bernard Hoekman, senior director for trade at the World Bank, spoke to CNBC about the outlook.