UNCTAD in the Media
​GENEVA, March 8 (Reuters) - 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.

​GENEVA (Reuters) - Global foreign direct investment (FDI) fell by 16 percent in 2017 to an estimated $1.52 trillion, a surprise downturn led by steep reversals in Britain and the United States, United Nations data showed on Monday.

JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – Without policy change, commodity-dependent developing countries risk falling short of achieving their sustainable development goals (SDGs) by 2030, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad) economic affairs officer Stefan Csordas warned on Monday.

​INFOGRAPHIE - Jusqu'à 40 milliards de dollars par an sont nécessaires pour électrifier les 47 États les plus démunis, selon l'ONU.

​BANGKOK (AP) — The world’s least developed countries need access to electricity if they are to break out of poverty, according to a U.N. report that urges wealthy nations to do more to honor their aid commitments to help bridge the energy gap.

Le commerce régional comme clé face au changement climatique
swissinfo.ch (Switzerland)
13 November 2017
''Il faut arrêter de penser seulement aux chaînes de valeur globales'', dit dans un entretien accordé à l'ats la secrétaire générale adjointe de la Conférence des Nations Unies sur le commerce et le développement (CNUCED) Isabelle Durant. Elle souhaite une politique de paliers pour les pays en développement.

The Global Fleet Revealed
The Maritime Executive (US)
05 November 2017
​The recently released UNCTAD Review of Maritime Transport 2017 offers a snapshot of the world fleet which, at the beginning of 2017, had a commercial value of $829 billion.

Sir, In her Big Read “Nike’s focus on robotics threatens Asia’s low-cost workforce” (October 23), Jennifer Bissell-Linsk worries that developing countries are at risk of losing cheap manufacturing if leisurewear companies accelerate automation. Such accelerated automation would reduce the familiar benefits of using industrialisation as a development strategy and the scope for low-wage manufacturing to create jobs, as vividly illustrated in the article by potential massive job displacement in Asian developing countries.

Maritime transport
The Economist (UK)
28 October 2017
​Seaborne trade rose by 2.6% in 2016, or 260m tonnes, according to UNCTAD, and volumes are forecast to grow by 3.2% a year until 2022. The industry, which handles 80% of global trade by volume, has struggled with overcapacity in recent years, but improvement in the global economy has helped reverse the decline in freight rates. Despite five years of slowing capacity growth, supply still outstrips demand. In 2016 the container-shipping market’s operating losses were $3.5bn. A wave of “mega-alliances” (three groups now control 77% of global capacity) may help cut the excess supply, but concerns of an oligopolistic market are rising, placing greater pressure on regulators to ensure competition.

Trade to remain engine of global growth: UNCTAD
Business Standard (India)
27 October 2017
​Trade will remain the main engine of growth for the global economy but needs to evolve in line with emerging technologies, business and policy innovation, UNCTAD Secretary General Mukhisa Kituyi said here today.

Simplistic attacks on globalization are wrong: UNCTAD head
Business Standard (India)
26 October 2017
The developed north of the world is witnessing the phenomenon of right-wing politicians "manipulating the reality" of globalisation not having delivered its benefits in an equitable manner, which poses the biggest threat to the multilateral trade system, UNCTAD Secretary General Mukhisa Kituyi said on Thursday. ​

​The UNCTAD Secretary-General said a surge in FDI is needed to help countries meet the SDGs. He said 130 countries have used UNCTAD's roadmap for reform to devise a new generation of investment treaties more aligned with sustainable development.

​Enthousiaste quant à l'impact des technologies de l'information et de la communication sur l'activité économique, la Conférence des Nations unies sur le commerce et le développement (Cnuced) estime toutefois qu'il faudra légiférer pour que les pays en voie de développement et les petites entreprises ne soient pas les laissés-pour-compte de ces avancées.

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