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  • [Infographics] Do countries win for hosting the Olympic Games?

    [Infographics] Do countries win for hosting the Olympic Games?

    It is hard to imagine that the ancient Greeks ever envisioned what the modern Olympic Games have become—a global event participated by thousands of athletes from hundreds of countries and viewed by billions of people worldwide. Learn more.

  • Trade Chatter March 2014 issue

    AIEN Trade Chatter: Issue 17, March 2014

    The March 2014 issue of the AIEN newsletter, Trade Chatter, has been sent out to the mailing list! If you haven't received a copy, check out the web version. To avoid missing out in the future, subscribe here!

  • AIEN Speaker Series: The WTO Bali Outcome – Its Implications for Asia

    AIEN Speaker Series: The WTO Bali Outcome – Its Implications for Asia

    On 12 February 2014, WTO Director of Development Division Shishir Priyadarshi conducted a seminar on the Bali Package adopted at the recently concluded World Trade Organization's (WTO) Ministerial Conference.
    Presentation | Video.

  • AIEN Speaker Series: ROK’s trade relations, FTA policy and trade integration in Asia-Pacific

    AIEN Speaker Series:  The Republic of Korea’s (ROK) trade relations, FTA policy and trade integration in Asia

    On 13 December 2013, 2:00–3:30pm (GMT+8/Manila time), Professor Taeho Bark talked about the Republic of Korea's (ROK) FTA policy. His presentation also covered the outcome of the 9th WTO Ministerial Conference and the status of the mega RTAs in the region.
    Presentation | Video

  • AIEN Speaker Series: Mapping crisis era protectionism in the Asia and Pacific region

    AIEN Speaker Series: Mapping crisis era protectionism in the Asia and Pacific region

    On 9 December 2013, 2:00–3:30pm (GMT+8/Manila time) at ADB HQ, Simon Evenett talked about Asia's resort to protectionism since the onset of the global financial crisis.
    Presentation | Video

Global Value Chains



Industrial chip market rebounds

Evertiq.com | News | April 2014

"Powered by the freshly fueled gears of reviving economies, the global market for semiconductors used in industrial electronics applications overcame a serious fall in 2012 and roared back to life last year, boding well for an even more energetic 2014.”


C&A warns of supply shortage for organic cotton

TextilesUpdate.com | News | April 2014

“Despite an increasing demand in international markets, global production of organic cotton continues to decline. This development bears ecological, social and economic consequences for all in the worldwide supply chain for organic cotton. Measured against the global production of cotton, the share of organic cotton is only 1 percent.”


Big car makers in a race to recall

The Wall Street Journal | News | April 2014

The globalization of production, which leads to the use of more common parts across borders and models, can have dangerous, unintended consequences. In the U.S. Japan and China, “major car makers have been accelerating recalls and directing dealers to stop sales of vehicles with potentially dangerous defects... amid an aggressive safety clampdown by auto regulators.”


Business process outsourcing must embrace technology

Nathan Eddy | eWeek.com | News | April 2014

"The business process outsourcing (BPO) industry has reached a critical inflection point in terms of what clients expect from outsourcing engagements and what providers can deliver, according to an Accenture-sponsored study from HfS Research. The HfS report validates that technology-enabled BPO engagements—those we would consider to be high performing—are achieving significantly higher value business outcomes than those focused merely on cost reduction and labor arbitrage."


The benefits of Google Glass to your supply chain

Steve Brady | Blog | April 2014

Google Glass can provide your supply chain with “a new way to solve old problems.”  Google Glass helps to improve current processes and add new technologies. It can provide directions, give weather updates or message to people from the users’ contacts, but the most interesting feature of this equipment is its configuration for hands-free computing.


What We're Reading Now
for the week ending 19 April 2014



27 March 2014

BRICS are so last season. Here are 10 other emerging economies to watch

David Trifunov | GlobalPost

A report has identified ten 10 "neo-emerging economies" that can potentially take over the BRICS powerhouse (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) namely, Bangladesh, Colombia, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Kenya, Peru, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, and Zambia. These economies were recognized for their high growth promise and the capacity to sustain their respective accelerating growths. Photo: Coface’s press release of the study. (1008 words)

6 April 2014

Global value chains in the current trade slowdown

Michael J Ferrantino & Daria Taglioni | Vox

“Recent growth in trade has decelerated significantly since its sharp recovery in 2010. This column discusses the role of global value chains in international trade and their contribution to the trade slowdown. Trade in complex products organised by global value chains, in particular motor vehicles, has been more sensitive to global downturn than has trade in simple products. Thus, either focusing on simpler products less dependent on global value chains, or diversifying the export folios, could be useful in reducing the risk of a slowdown in global merchandise.” (Photo Source: Adi Gaskell)  (1650 words)

2 April 2014

A BIT of help for the US and [the People’s Republic of] China

Mark Schwartz | The Wall Street Journal

The proposed bilateral investment agreement (BIT) between the US and the People’s Republic of China is seen to  boost growth on both sides. The author predicts  that  BIT would clarify the rules for investment between the two countries, and can be seen like “a free-trade agreement for capital flows instead of goods and services.” (Photo source: Reuters) (782 words)

1 April 2014

The relaunching of negotiations on environmental goods: Any breakthrough in sight?

Jaime de Melo and Mariana Vijil | Vox

“The Bali agreement last December has given new hope that the WTO is not dead. The recent announcement that negotiations on the reductions of tariffs on environmental goods are to resume gives hope that the triple-win outcome of the Doha round – for trade, for development and for the environment – might materialise, at least partly. Or does it? This column argues that unless the field of negotiations is widened, the initiative will not help much.”  (1649 words)


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