Derk Bienen

Managing Partner of BKP Development & Research GmbH

Derk Bienen is a founder and Managing Partner of BKP Development & Research GmbH, a German research and consulting firm which specialises in trade and investment issues. For ten years prior to this, Derk worked as a consultant and project manager for a German development consulting firm. During the past 20 years, he has worked in approximately 30 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa and South East Europe, mostly in the framework of technical assistance projects.


Derk also lectures on trade, regional integration, competition and industrial policy at various universities, and has been Honorary Associate Professor at the Department of Economics of Addis Ababa University since 2009. Derk studied Economics and Political Science at the University of Tübingen (Germany) and the University of the Andes in Mérida (Venezuela). He earned his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Göttingen (Germany) in 2005. 


16 February 2015
Economic development both requires and promotes the acquisition of new capabilities. Countries do not specialise as they develop, they diversify. But this diversification is enabled by the specialisation of individual economic agents – in particular new, formal firms – whose productivity is...

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27 February 2015
Embora a Internet tenha ampliado as possibilidades de participação de pequenas empresas no comércio internacional, o regime atual de regras de origem tem operado na direção contrária, elevando os custos de acesso a mercados externos. Com base nesse problema, os autores propõem uma reformulação do sistema de regras de origem no âmbito dos acordos megarregionais.