UNCTAD in the Media
The Costs of Trade War
Project Syndicate (Czech Republic)
18 June 2018
​by Mukhisa Kituyi The Trump administration's introduction of sweeping import tariffs on steel and aluminum raises the real possibility of a global trade war. The effects would be felt everywhere, but especially in the world's poorest countries, and everything from the current global recovery to the Sustainable Development Goals could now be in jeopardy.

Unctad senior director reports FDI fall for 2017
fDi Intelligence (UK)
14 June 2018
​Dr James Zhan, senior director of the investment and enterprise division at Unctad, discusses the findings of the World Investment Report – released on June 6, 2018 – with Courtney Fingar.

​Global flows of foreign direct investment plunged 23 percent in 2017 to a three-year low amid a decline in cross-border mergers and acquisitions, a trend the United Nations called “troubling” for the risk it poses to emerging economies.

​Isabelle Durant, CNUCED Les technologies de pointe et l’innovation vont-elles donner ce coup de pouce dont les pays les plus pauvres ont tant besoin ? Les success story sont déjà nombreuses. Dommage que le rythme de la décision politique - et de sa mise en œuvre - est inversement proportionnel à celui de l’évolution technologique.

​Claudia Roethlisberger, Economic Affairs Officer with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) was in Kigali last week to launch the UN body’s 2018 Economic Development in Africa Report which argues, among others, that well-managed migration provides an important means for helping to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, in Africa and beyond. Roethlisberger, who co-authored the report talked to Sunday Times’ James Karuhanga about how African migration can actually play a key role in the structural transformation of the continent’s economies, and also shed light on key myths about migration.

​Fracking transformed US energy production, but Europe and the rest of the world will struggle to repeat the trick, finds global report

​GENEVA, May 15 (Xinhua) -- Technologies on the frontier of what is possible can boost the agenda of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and help find 21st-century global solutions for economic social and environmental challenges, says a UN report published Tuesday.

Donald Trump is playing with fire. That thought permeated last week’s spring meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank in Washington. The president’s rejection of multilateralism is risky but our 70-year-old rule-based system is far from perfect [...] as Richard Kozul-Wright, the chief economist at UNCTAD pointed out, the multilateral system operating in 2018 is by no means the one envisaged by its original architects in the 1940s.

With Facebook founder Mark Zuckerburg under U.S. Congress pressure and greater regulation on data privacy looking likely, ''there is no time to waste'' in ensuring the technological revolution nurtures more inclusive development, a senior UN development official said Friday.

The scandal over data privacy that is causing a headache for Facebook Inc shows just one aspect of the huge task of preparing the world for e-commerce, the United Nations trade and development agency UNCTAD said on Wednesday.

​In response to the current US government's trade tensions with China, Richard Kozul-Wright, Director of the Division on Globalization and Development Strategies at UNCTAD, said that he believes that this move by the United States is ultimately due to fear that China is moving into areas that were previously seen as the preserve of the advance countries themselves.

​Les dirigeants de 27 pays de l’Union africaine ont signé mercredi un accord-cadre supprimant les droits de douane sur 90 % des biens et libéralisant les services dans 55 pays

U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to impose steep tariffs on steel and aluminium imports will take a toll on poorer countries and could trigger takeovers in their mining industries, the head of the U.N. trade and development agency UNCTAD said on Thursday.

U.N. Sees U.S. Tax Cut Offering a Limited Boost to Foreign Firms
The Wall Street Journal (US)
05 February 2018
​Report also says other countries will respond to U.S. by lowering their tax rates to retain investment—and jobs. The U.S. tax overhaul may bring trillions of dollars in accumulated profits back home from overseas financial centers, but will likely deliver a smaller boost to U.S. investment by foreign businesses, according to an analysis by the United Nations.

​EU exporters are overpaying on trade costs because they are failing to take full advantage of the lower tariffs on offer thanks to the blocs’ trade agreements, new research has revealed.

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