How the UN helped Benin become the world’s fastest place to start a business on a mobile phone
By Ian Richards, Economist, UNCTAD
New system boosts ease of doing business in Iraq
A new online single window system for business registration in Iraq is supporting an entrepreneurial environment during COVID-19.
How biodiversity-friendly trade can support COVID-19 recovery
A new call to action urges countries to make BioTrade a lever for recovery and resilience in the wake of the pandemic.
Blue BioTrade project set to improve fortunes in the eastern Caribbean
The project is a point of convergence for conservation and sustainable use of marine resources, and a driver for a blue and green recovery from COVID-19.
Developing countries pay environmental cost of electric car batteries
Growth in electric car sales is great news for the fight against climate change, but the mining of the minerals used in their batteries poses serious risks for the environment.
Demand for raw materials for electric car batteries set to rise further
Surging need is driven by boom in electric cars, with 23 million passenger vehicles expected to be produced by 2030, says a new UNCTAD report.
Commodity exports to China could fall by $33.1 billion in 2020, study finds
UNCTAD research shows that total commodity exports to China could fall dramatically as a result of the coronavirus crisis, but there may be a silver lining for some products.
Angola eyes former coffee glory for more sustainable growth
Overdependence on oil has fuelled volatile and uneven growth. Coffee could help the country change course if it can revive production and add value to its beans.
Senegal's e-commerce sector helps country cope with COVID-19
Trade ministry fast-tracks measures to ease access to essential goods and services during the pandemic.