16 March 2017

THE ENVIRONMENTAL GOODS AGREEMENT: HOW WOULD US HOUSEHOLDS FARE? By Kornel Mahlstein and Christine McDaniel for the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) (March 2017). This new research paper examines the potential benefits for US consumers should the proposed Environmental Goods Agreement (EGA) be successfully negotiated and implemented. The authors look at the implications for both consumer spending and energy savings. To download the paper, please visit the ICTSD website.

TECHNICAL NOTE: NEXT STEPS UPON THE ENTRY INTO FORCE OF THE WTO AGREEMENT ON TRADE FACILILTATION. Published by United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) (2017). This technical note gives guidelines to countries to follow in light of the recent entry into force of the WTO’s Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA). The authors provide an overview of the pact’s requirements and related deadlines, along with specific information on the estimated effects of TFA implementation. The full document is available for download at the UNCTAD website.

WHITHER ECONOMIC GROWTH? By Nicholas Crafts for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) (March 2017). This op-ed suggests that today’s pessimism regarding the slow pace of economic growth, especially in advanced economies, and related concerns over stagnation may be greater than warranted. Crafts points out past inaccuracies in growth-related predictions, and suggests for various reasons that the prognosis for growth is mixed. This op-ed is available to view at the IMF website

ENABLING THE BUSINESS OF AGRICULTURE 2017. Published by the World Bank (2017). This report reviews the regulatory frameworks which affect agriculture and agribusiness, looking at what costs and other hurdles these could incur. The publication’s stated aim is to facilitate the development of improved regulations that ensure both food safety and quality along with making it easier for such businesses to succeed. The authors review 62 countries in their analysis. The publication is available here.

WORLD DEVELOPMENT REPORT 2017: GOVERNANCE AND THE LAW. Published by the World Bank (2017). This edition of the World Bank’s annual World Development Report examines the factors that negatively affect the implementation of development-focused policies – namely, those which relate to governance. The authors also provide related recommendations to help address power asymmetries, among other topics. The publication is available here.

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