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        Jobs for Shared Prosperity : Time for Action in the Middle East and North Africa (English)
        Report by World Bank, 2013, 350 pages
        Categories: Globalization and Development Strategies

        This report uses jobs as a lens to weave together the complex dynamics of employment creation, skills supply, and the institutional environment of labor markets and goes beyond the traditional links between jobs, productivity, and living standards to include an understanding of how jobs matter for individual dignity and expectations. It aims to provide an in-depth analysis of the labor markets in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and to identify the barriers to the creation of more and better jobs.

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        Joint Unrc Trade Facilitation and Paperless Trade Implementation Survey 2015 (English)
        Report by UNRC, 2015, 44 pages
        Categories: Trade Facilitation

        This report features the results of the first UNRC's Joint Survey on Trade Facilitation and Paperless Trade Implementation that was initiated in September 2014. The survey aims to enable countries and their development partners to better understand and monitor progress in trade facilitation, support evidence-based policy-making, identify good practices and define capacity building and technical assistance needs. It provides an overview of the current state of trade facilitation implementation in 119 economies across 8 regions worldwide, including some of the key trade facilitation measures featured in the WTO TFA Agreement, as well as more advanced cross-border paperless trade measures.

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        Kenya: Company Perspectives – An Itc Series on Non-tariff Measures (English)
        Report by ITC, 2014, 124 pages
        Categories: Policy Reviews and Briefs, Trade Policy Analysis and Trade Data Sources

        This report is part of a series of publications assessing the impact of Non-Tariff Measures (NTMs) on the business sector, based on a large-scale survey conducted in Kenya with companies directly reporting burdensome NTMs and the reasons why they consider them to be trade obstacles. It analyses survey findings and compares them to other sources on NTMs to identify regulatory, procedural and infrastructural obstacles in Kenya and its partner countries. It also gives trade and trade policy overview of Kenya and covers food and agro-based products including tea and horticultural products, manufacturing sectors such as chemicals, metal and non-electric machinery, plastics and rubber products, and textiles and clothing.

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        Key Economic Developments and Prospects in the Asia-Pacific Region 2008 (English)
        Report by UNESCAP, 2008, 40 pages
        Categories: Globalization and Development Strategies, Macroeconomic Policy

        This report is the third publication in an annual series that reviews the region's economic performance and highlights the strengths and weaknesses of economies in the region. For example, the developing economies in the Asian and Pacific region are estimated to have grown over eight per cent in 2007. The economic powerhouses of China and India continue to drive regional growth,with added impetus coming from the fast-growing Russian Federation. It then identifies the key policy issues and challenges likely to confront Governments in the near term, and provides policy options and recommendations that would help Governments to address these challenges effectively.

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        Key Indicators and Trends in Trade Policy 2016 (English)
        Report by Nicita, Alessandro/UNCTAD, 2016, 35 pages
        Categories: Globalization and Development Strategies, Macroeconomic Policy, Regional and Bilateral Trade Agreements

        This volume of Key Indicators and Trends in Trade Policy 2016, subtitled ‘G20 Policies and Least Developed Countries’ Export Performance’, analysis the outcomes of policies on least developed country growth strategies. It highlights trends in the use of trade policy instruments, movements in exchange rates, the application of sanitary and phytosanitary measures, the use of defensive trade mechanisms, and regional and bilateral economic integration. In describing the measures such as tariffs, antidumping, import restrictions, and preferential trade agreements, the report analysis these by country and region. This report is structured in two parts. The first part presents an overview of the effects of G20 policies on LDCs exports. The second part discusses trends in selected trade policy instruments including illustrative statistics. The second part is divided in five chapters: tariffs, trade agreements, non-tariff measures, trade defense measures, exchange rates and trade costs. Trade trends and statistics are provided at various levels of aggregation illustrating the use of the trade policy measures across economic sectors and geographic regions.

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        Key Indicators and Trends in Trade Policy 2016: a Bad Year for World Trade (English)
        Report by UNCTAD/DITC/TAB/2016/3, 2016, 30 pages
        Categories: Globalization and Development Strategies, Macroeconomic Policy, Regional and Bilateral Trade Agreements

        This edition of Key Indicators and Trends in Trade Policy 2016, subtitled ‘A Bad Year for World Trade’, explains that the deteriorating trends in 2015 of weaker demand, a declined value of international trade, and an economic collapse carried on to 2016. This report is structured in two parts. The first part presents an overview of the trade collapse of 2015. The second part provides illustrative statistics on international trade in goods and services covering the last 10 years. The second part is divided in two sections. Section 1 provides trade statistics at various levels of aggregation illustrating the evolution of trade across economic sectors and geographic regions. Section 2 presents some of the most commonly used trade indicators at the country level, so as to illustrate trade performance across countries.

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        Key issues in biotechnology (English)
        Discussion Paper by UNCTAD, 2002, 21 pages
        Categories: Science and Technology

        What: This paper reviews several key issues surrounding modern gene technology and its application in the areas of crop agriculture and medicine, and presents the potential benefits and challenges associated with them. In particular, it addresses and provides information on biotechnology, with particular attention to genetically modified crops, health and intellectual property rights. It concludes with the major implications for policy makers. Who: Useful for teachers and students studying gene technology and its application on agriculture and medicine. How: Can be used as a background reading for courses on biotechnology.

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        Key Statistics and Trends in Economic Integration: ACP Region (English)
        Report by UNCTAD, 2018, 59 pages
        Categories: Trade Policy Analysis and Trade Data Sources

        This report is structured into two parts. The first part briefly summarizes the history of the ACP group and presents an overview of ACP economies in the world economy and some challenges that member States face. The second part provides illustrative statistics on ACP countries' trade in goods and services during the last decade. The section includes various indicators of trade structure, services trade and investment flows, trade facilitation, tariffs and non-tariff measures as well as international competitiveness. While the section presents some of the most commonly used trade indicators for the ACP group as a whole, some other figures compare the structure and performance of three geographical regions of the ACP: Africa, Caribbean and Pacific.

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        Key Statistics and Trends in Trade Policy 2014 (English)
        Report by UNCTAD, 2015, 34 pages
        Categories: Trade Policy Analysis and Trade Data Sources

        The purpose of this study is to provide a snapshot on policies affecting international trade over the recent and medium-term period. It is intended as a regular monitoring exercise so as to provide interested readers with informative data and analysis on a regular basis. The study is organized in several sections. The first part presents statistics related to tariffs. The second part focuses on preferential margins. The third section presents data related to tariff policy space. The fourth section illustrates selected statistics related to preferential trade agreements. The fifth part presents new data on non-tariff measures, and it is followed by a section on trade defence measures. The final section presents statistics on the exchange rate.

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        Key terms and concepts in International Investment Agreements (IIAs): A glossary (English)
        Manual by UNCTAD, 2004, 231 pages
        Categories: International Economic Law

        This glossary aims to provide brief explanatory commentaries on the main terms and concepts used in International Investment Agreements (IIAs). These terms and concepts have mainly a legal connotation and have been selected because they provide a broad coverage of the principal issues that are dealt with in IIAs. Each entry in this glossary provides a short definition of the term, followed by examples of relevant provisions in IIAs

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        Key Trends in International Merchandise Trade (English)
        Report by UNCTAD, 2013, 45 pages
        Categories: Trade Policy Analysis and Trade Data Sources

        The purpose of this report is to provide some key trends in world trade in goods over the recent medium-term period. This report is intended as a monitoring exercise so as to provide interested readers with informative data and analysis on a regular basis. The report is organized in four parts. The first part presents broad statistics on international trade. The second section presents statistics on international trade disaggregated by broad product groups and economic sectors. The third section presents statistics related to bilateral trade flows and regional trade flows. The fourth part presents some of the commonly used indices related to international trade including diversification, intra industry trade, and sophistication of exports.

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        Knowledge As a Competitive Weapon (English)
        Case study by Parahoo,A, 2005, 13 pages
        Categories: Trade Related Capacity Building, VI Members Research

        This presentation, which is essentially developmental in approach, analyses the contribution of the University of Mauritius as an Institution of Higher Learning in knowledge creation to prepare the nation for the challenges of a Knowledge based society.

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