UNCTAD in the Media
East Africa’s intra-regional trade has fallen to 0.2 per cent of global trade due to persistent trade disputes and barriers. UNCTAD has now launched a study on the impact of non-tariff barriers (NTBs) on trade.

La señora Isabelle Durant, secretaria general adjunta de la Conferencia de las Naciones Unidas para el Comercio y el Desarrollo (Unctad), ofreció en EAFIT la conferencia Replanteamiento de la creación de políticas económicas para lograr los objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible — una perspectiva desde la práctica. Su intervención hace parte de la programación de la edición número 42 del curso regional de ese organismo multilateral, que se ofrece en la Universidad entre el 22 de julio y el 2 de agosto con representantes de gobiernos de 12 países.

​The Transnational Alliance to Combat Illicit Trade (TRACIT) and UNCTAD co-hosted a meeting on the negative impact of illicit trade on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The special UN dialogue exposed where and how progress on the SDGs is inhibited by illicit trade in some of the world’s most important economic sectors.

​España ha logrado alcanzar un puesto del top 10 en el índice de conectividad del transporte marítimo regular elaborado por Unctad. Los países asiáticos, con China a la cabeza, copan la mitad de los puestos de este ranking.

​Unctad’s Secretary-General Mukhisa Kituyi spoke with James Anyanzwa about the benefits and potential pitfalls of implementing the AfCFTA.

The UAE will host the World Investment Forum and Asia's first E-commerce Week in 2020 in Abu Dhabi and will co-chair the 15th Ministerial Conference, UNCTAD, hosted by Barbados in the Caribbean the same year.

A recent UNCTAD report warns that the trade gains may not be evenly distributed among AU member states if proper rules that consider trade patterns, tariff profiles, liberalisation schedules and dependence on tariff revenue are not made.

UNCTAD Secretary General thanked President Sarkissian for accepting his invitation and joining the UNCTAD Panel of Eminent Persons. This group of 7 persons gives consultation to the UNCTAD Secretary General over the curent economic challanges, generates ideas aimed at overcoming them.

Prime Minister Mia Mottley announced today the island would host the 15th United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) quadrennial meeting in October next year.

US investment in Russia was 13 times bigger than official numbers show, statistics released by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) have revealed.

India received foreign direct investments worth $42 billion in 2018, helped by robust inflows in manufacturing, communication and financial services, a United Nations trade report said Wednesday.

For the third year in a row, foreign direct investment (FDI) is down all over the world, but not in Africa. Global money is banking on African growth, reduced barriers to cross-border trade and affordable access to commodities.

COMESA and the United National Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) have launched a Co-delegation Agreement to implement trade facilitation projects in the region. UNCTAD Secretary-General Dr Mukhisa Kituyi and his COMESA counterpart Chileshe Kapwepwe launched the Agreement at the COMESA Headquarters in Lusaka, Zambia.

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, UNCTAD, has said that the digital economy is evolving fast even as global internet traffic was 66 times higher in 2019 than in 2005.

Well ahead of the High-Level Political Forum in July 2019 under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) with the focus on ''empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality'', the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Secretariat and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) held an all-day workshop at the Palais des Nations, Geneva on May 2, 2019.

UNCTAD and Mauritius have signed a memorandum of understanding to open a new center of excellence for the fisheries sector in developing countries. The center will serve as a practical site for putting policy recommendations for least developed countries (LDCs) into action and will bring together experts, researchers and policymakers from the LDCs and other African and Asian countries with strong experiences in developing their fisheries sectors to exchange best practices and insights.

If Britain leaves the EU without a deal, the bloc and Britain's smaller trading partners stand to lose big, but Beijing and Washington could reap huge benefits, the UN said Tuesday. In a fresh report, UNCTAD examined what repercussions it would have for Britain's trading partners if the country crashes out of the European Union without a deal.

“Globalisation of manufacturing and trade are facing fatigue from geopolitics and trade war. This has led to disruption and or slowdown in global trade value chain and decline in return on foreign direct investment (FDI), but the exponential growth in digital trade volumes are expected to drive investments in that direction,” said Dr Mukhisa Kituyi, Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

The first meeting of the Group of Friends of investing in the SDGs is scheduled to take place in H2 2019. The corresponding agreement was reached at a meeting between Belarus' Permanent Representative to Geneva Yury Ambrazevich and UNCTAD Secretary-General Mukhisa Kituyi on 4 April.

UNCTAD Explores Financing Sources for SDGs in Cities
International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)
21 March 2019
The March 2019 issue of UNCTAD's IPA Observer focuses on sources of financing for SDG projects and ways to enhance the sustainable development impact of investment, while providing takeaways for cities and IPAs. The document explores case studies from Bogota (Colombia), Cape Town (South Africa), and Dubai (United Arab Emirates).

To help the Lebanese government identify some of the problematic legal and administrative procedures, the Investment Development Authority Lebanon (IDAL) has mandated UNCTAD to complete a comprehensive report on Lebanon.

A new UN report Monday showed that demand for electronic components used in internet devices drove the trade value in international imports of information and communications technology (ICT) goods in 2017 to reach 2.1 trillion U.S. dollars.

​Just months after UNCTAD said that internal migration would fuel Africa’s growth and development, AfDB is echoing the call. On Monday 4 March, the Bank’s Senior Vice-President Charles Boamah opened the third annual Africa Resilience Forum (ARF), by detailing the benefits that safe, controlled migration bring to countries of origin, transit and destination.

China leads in growth of creative economy
The Telegraph
21 February 2019
In the second edition of the Creative Economy Outlook: Trends in International Trade in Creative Industries, published on 14 January 14, Unctad examines the global creative industry between 2002 and 2015 and offers profiles of 130 countries, with China’s performance standing out.

The US plans to increase tariffs on Chinese goods if the two sides fail to make progress on a trade deal by 1 March. The comments followed a report by a UN trade agency [UNCTAD] on the impact of the US-China trade war. It said Asian countries are likely to suffer most from protectionism.

The trade war between the United States and China has caused major disruptions for global businesses — but it may also bring benefits for some. Companies in Europe, Mexico, Japan and Canada could add tens of billions of dollars in export orders if the conflict drags on, according to a study released this week by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development.

​Fifty years ago the world’s shipping industry was experiencing the onset of changes which were destined to have a lasting impact and shape the pattern of activities seen in today’s markets. This feature represents continuity. But there were events during the past half century representing discontinuity, upheavals (mostly unforeseen) greatly disrupting markets. The next half-century ahead probably will see many more disruptive changes.

​Electronic commerce experts, politicians and technology entrepreneurs are meeting in Kenya this week to explore how Africa can develop online retail businesses. The E-Commerce Africa event in Nairobi is supported by the European Union and United Nations. Shamika Sirimane, a director at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, tells the BBC's Russell Padmore how online retail is a lucrative business, which could benefit many economies.

Financing entrepreneurs can build devleoping African economies
Radio France International (France)
20 November 2018
​Entrepreneurs have an important role to play, even in the poorest countries, the UN's body for trade has told RFI, as African countries marked Africa Industrialisation Day, Tuesday. In its latest report on Least Developed Countries, the UN urges more investment towards start-ups with a real potential for growth.

​GENEVA — To achieve the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals, the United Nations has been widening calls for support from the private sector — and some believe stock markets could play an important role.

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