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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 26 April 2014

9 April 2014

Assessing Services Policies in Developing Countries

Sebastian Saez and Miles McKenna | The World Bank

The World Bank has developed a toolkit that will aid policymakers in assessing their services policies and regulations in their respective countries, and guide them in crafting reforms that will allow for more benefits of trade to come in. The Regulatory Assessment Toolkit: A Practical Methodology For Assessing Regulation on Trade and Investment in Services (RASTI) can also be used by trade experts and academics in their research, and is being piloted in several developing and least-developed countries. (743 words)

16 April 2014

Global trade accounting: A transparent method to discover global value chain-related information behind official trade data

Zhi Wang, Shang-Jin Wei, Kunfu Zhu | Vox

VAX ratio or the ratio of value-added exports to gross exports is one common measure of trade-linked international production networks. The following blog column, however asserts a few problems with this measure: it is not well-behaved at the sector, biltaral or bilateral sector level, and it fails to capture important features of international production sharing. The authors propose a new framework that “can better track countries’ movements up and down global value chains.” (3307 words)

14 April 2014

WTO: Global trade to gain speed in 2014 and 2015

Andrew Walker | BBC News

The World Trade Organization (WTO) reports that the world economy is recovering from the recession of 2008-2009. Global trade is increasing and is forecasted to grow by 5.3% in 2015, consistent with the average global trade growth in the last two decades. To reach this goal and to provide a stronger foundation for trade beyond 2015, WTO Director General Roberto Azebedo calls for the conclusion of the Doha Round of trade liberalization agreements. (56 words)

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)

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