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Trade and the Future of Food (Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Project-Syndicate)

World Food Day offers an important opportunity to recall how vital a role trade plays in shaping the production, availability, pricing, and quality of that food. In fact, no effort to create a more equitable and sustainable food system will be complete without concerted global action on trade. Trade and the Future of Food by […]

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(China/India) China’s trade with India

Qi Xijia writes for Global Times: China’s trade with India in the first half of this year showed an upward trajectory but edged down 7 percentage points from the January-May period, probably due to the easing COVID-19 situation in India and a decline in iron core trade, experts said. read analysis: China-India trade keeps high […]

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Developing Countries/Trade – Poor countries need trade to recover from the pandemic. How can global cooperation help? (PIIE)

HOST Anabel González Nonresident Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE) GUESTS Mari Elka Pangestu Managing Director of Developing Policy and Partnerships, World Bank Carlos Primo Braga Associate Professor, Fundacao Dom Cabral, Brazil As developing countries from India to Mexico and Brazil try to bring the pandemic under control, poverty, food insecurity, and joblessness […]

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Trade and development: The view from 50 years ago (Brookings)

Farrukh Iqbal In preparing to teach a course on trade and development recently, I was struck by how much views on the subject had changed since I first took a course on development economics 50 years ago. To pursue this idea further, I consulted the 1970 edition of “Leading Issues in Development Economics” by Gerald […]

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(Trade/Climate Change) 4 ways to improve trade rules and support climate action (WEF)

Jeroen Ouwehand, Matthew Layton Climate change goals require urgent global action – drawing on the brightest minds and the latest clean technology. https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2021/03/4-ways-improve-trade-rules-support-climate-action/

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(USA/Australia/China/Trade) No quick fix from Biden for Australia’s China trade woes (East Asia Forum)

James Laurenceson, UTS Hopes are high that, with the Biden administration in the White House, the United States might come to Australia’s rescue as China extends its Australian trade punishment into 2021.

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(USA/China/Trade) Will Biden’s America change course on China and trade? (East Asia Forum)

Charles R Hankla, Georgia State University US President Joe Biden’s administration must figure out how to pick up the pieces of former president Donald Trump’s controversial trade policy, especially as it relates to China.

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(Trade/Climate Change) Toward a Climate-Driven Trade Agenda (Jack Caporal, William Alan Reinsch, CSIS)

International trade and climate change have traditionally been considered two distinct issues for the global community to address. However, as the climate crisis gains more attention, policymakers reach deeper into their toolboxes to confront it. A better understanding of the relationship between global trade rules and climate policy is necessary to build a positive climate-driven […]

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(Trade) 12 trade tasks to prioritize in 2021 (Sean Doherty, Kimberley Botwright, WEF)

The new director-general at the WTO will have a raft of challenges on their desk – here are our suggestions for one task a month to focus on this year. The time is ripe for a global conversation about best-practices for industrial policy and sustainable recovery from COVID-19. Countries should align on trade actions to […]

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(Trade/Pandemic) Trade and Covid-19: Lessons from the first wave (Alvaro Espitia, Aaditya Mattoo, Nadia Rocha, Michele Ruta, Deborah Winkler, VOXEU)

The Covid-19 pandemic has inflicted both a supply and demand shock across many countries. Production, consumption, and trade patterns have been affected, both directly and as a result of the lockdowns and social distancing measures introduced to contain the virus. Factory closures have led to a drop in the supply of exportable goods in affected […]

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USA/TRADE/INDO PACIFIC – Is America back? The high politics of trade in the Indo-Pacific (Mireya Solís, Brookings)

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AFRICA – Is Africa ready for a free-trade zone? (Al Jazeera)

A new year and a new start for Africa. The world’s largest single market has opened, enabling all but one of the 55 nations to begin trading. The African Continental Free Trade Area is a landmark deal that brings together the continent’s multitrillion-dollar economy into one bloc. It is the culmination of years of work, […]