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'Significant discrepancies remain in commodity trading data' -- Q&A with Janvier Nkurunziza, Chief of UNCTAD's Commodity Research and Analysis Section
23 Dec 2016
On 14 July 2016, UNCTAD published a report on primary commodity trade misinvoicing, saying that some countries could lose as much as 67% of commodity exports to misinvoicing. The report prompted significant reaction, broadly divided between those who think misinvoicing is a problem and those who think it is not. On 23 December, UNCTAD published an updated version of the report.
Q&A with Adriana Riccardi, head of Uruguay's competition authority
27 Oct 2016
In 2015, the Uruguayan competition authority requested an UNCTAD peer review of the country's competition law and policy.
Consumer protection agencies must anticipate challenges of digital economy, says Consumers International Director General
20 Oct 2016
The ever growing reach of a few digital giants into people's daily lives is the greatest challenge facing consumers today, said Consumers International Director General Amanda Long at the first Intergovernmental Group of Experts (IGE) on Consumer Protection Law and Policy, held in Geneva from 17 to 18 October.
Botswana's competition authority turns five, punches above its weight
18 Oct 2016
Established just five years ago, Botswana's competition authority has helped reinject millions of dollars into local businesses and save thousands of jobs in an economy where unemployment persists at around 20%.
Global consumer protection experts welcome landmark meeting, address challenges ahead
17 Oct 2016
Delegates from the consumer protection agencies of more than 70 countries heralded the first ever meeting on Monday of UNCTAD's Intergovernmental Group of Experts (IGE) on Consumer Protection Law and Policy.
Tactics by 'Big Pharma' to be discussed at global meeting on competition policy
14 Oct 2016
Potentially anticompetitive practices in the pharmaceutical industry are among topics to be discussed at a global meeting on competition next week in Geneva.
Competition and consumer protection regulators must up their game in the Big Data era
13 Oct 2016
Popular ride sharing giant Uber has certainly earned its reputation as a classic "disruptor", shaking up markets, leaving regulators scrambling to catch up, while also benefitting consumers. All over the world, taxi drivers fear the loss of customers, the work rights of drivers' are being questioned, and passengers are seeking redress when things go wrong.
Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals will need healthy competition and consumer protection too
12 Oct 2016
The textbooks have it that markets produce the best results, but anti-competitive practices such as cartels and abuses of market power, as well as unscrupulous individuals, mean that governments have been regulating competition as far back as 2,000 years ago, when the Romans introduced a law - the Lex Julia de Annona - to ensure that corn sales were fair.
UNCTAD helps protect consumers in the era of Airbnb
13 Sep 2016
Visitors to this year's Rio Olympics might have been grateful for Airbnb. Formed eight years ago in a San Francisco bedroom, the room-rental platform now has more than 2,000,000 listings in 191 countries. In Brazil, it helped fill a shortfall of rooms for the 2016 Rio Olympics.