Trade to the Rescue: Unleashing Global Trade to Support Economic Growth

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Trade to the Rescue: Unleashing Global Trade to Support Economic Growth

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Expanding trade flows can be part of the solutions to global challenges, when accompanied by the right policies. World Bank President David Malpass and WTO Director General Ngozi Onkonjo-Iweala discussed how global trade has limited the extend of the current global recession and laid out the practical steps countries could take to spread the benefits of trade more widely. Trade costs, on average, are equal to a 114 percent tariff on imported goods in developing countries. Much of that burden on consumers is the result of inefficient border procedures and poor transportation infrastructure.  Trade facilitation reforms and investment in infrastructure could give a big boost to trade within regions. Betty Maina, Kenya’s Minister of Industrialization, Trade and Enterprise Development, spoke of how trade liberalization is a central part of her country’s aspirations for incomes and development.

“Trade can be a powerful catalyst for growth and social economic development and poverty reduction, particularly if we implement it with the poor in mind,” Maina said.

Leaders from the public and private sectors discussed the importance of investments in logistics and expanding trade finance that could strengthen the contribution of trade to economic recovery, and noted the ways that trade could help developing countries mitigate and adapt to climate change. 

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Quiz & Questions From the Audience

131 VOTES / Ricardo
How can we use trade to lift poor countries out of underdevelopment?

105 VOTES / Eileen Murphy
If international trade is to be part of the solution to economic recovery - how do we ensure it is sustainable?

80 VOTES / Isa kwambo Dagona
How can you tackle unemployment in African countries? We have graduates who don’t have work and they remain in poverty

60 VOTES / Asmarelda Chivore
Has trade finance for developing countries been increasing over the past 10 years, and what are the expectations for the future regarding stimulating trade in view of the global COVID-19 pandemic?

54 VOTES / Maxwell Masego
In Africa, our problem is small businesses who are disintegrated but could do better if they were grouped to allow for consolidated stock supply. How can this barrier be overcome for more trade?

Read the chat below!
Melissa Knutson

Our panelist discusses what is needed to expand trade finance. Check out the IFC's page| IFC Trade and Commodity Finance 
Fri, 10/15/2021 - 12:58
Abdullah Al Muyid

How can access to investment/finance be ensured for local producers? Pandemic shattered many businesses and industries, furthermore, local producers are funding it hard to get finance (from private and institutional sources). What the WB Group doing in THIS direction?
Fri, 10/15/2021 - 12:53

Great support of different nature , particularly financial support
Fri, 10/15/2021 - 12:36
Melissa Knutson

Our event is over and we are near the end of these Annual Meetings. Thank you so much for joining us. The replay of this event will be available on this page later today. 
Fri, 10/15/2021 - 12:35
Sani Abdulmalik

Nice meeting
Fri, 10/15/2021 - 12:31

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Senior Private Sector Specialist, World Bank Group
Program Lead of the Global Trade Finance Program, IFC
Senior Economist, Macroeconomics, Trade & Investment, World Bank Group

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