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Port Development and Competition in East and Southern Africa

A study from the World Bank analyses the maritime capacity in the East and Southern Africa (ESA) Region, concluding that although freight volumes have been growing at 9 percent per year through some of the key ports (with transit consignments to land-locked countries growing at 16.5 percent per year until relatively recently), many of such ports are still affected with high ship waiting times, high berth occupancies, and congestion on both the land and maritime side, all factors contributing to increased transport costs.

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Implementation of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement in Asia and the Pacific

An article published on the August 2019 ESCAP Trade Insights bulletin examines the status of implementation of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) in the Asia-Pacific economies.

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The effects of blockchain on international trade in goods

An interesting article published on the International Trade Forum (quarterly magazine of the International Trade Centre), explores the use of the blockchain for managing all formalities, documents and forms related to trade operations (with the relevant payments), by drawing a parallelism between such a technique and the invention of containers.

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IMF publishes the April 2019 edition of the World Economic Outlook Report

The World Economic Outlook Report is a periodic survey made by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), usually twice a year, which contains a detailed analysis of the world economy, highlighting the main issues affecting industrial countries, developing countries, and economies in transition to market. The publication also addresses topics of pressing current interest (like for instance the consequences of the exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union).

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WCO offers further support to Kenya within the Programme Global Shield

The Programme Global Shield (PGS) is a multilateral initiative developed by the World Customs Organisation (WCO) which aims at building the capacity of customs administrations to combat the illicit trafficking and diversion of chemicals and other components used by terrorists to manufacture improvised explosive devices (IEDs), the most prevalent form of explosives employed by terrorists around the world, due to the cheapness and wide availability of the materials needed to manufacture them. Started in November 2010 as a temporary (6 month) project, the PGS has been turned into a long-term program, which is now also recognised by the United Nations, that encourages all countries to participate and support it.

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