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Harvest Time for Cross-Border Trade

This article first appeared in the online newsletter Adam Smith Project. Trade negotiators persist in calling efforts to ease the flow of goods across borders the “low-hanging fruit” of global trade liberalization.  Bear in mind that they started talking about it in 1996 and that an agreement to improve border efficiency and transparency did not…

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6 reasons to invest in Africa

The conversation about Africa is shifting from one of “deficits” and “gaps” to one about opportunities, prospects, ventures and creativity. That’s not news to companies that have paid close attention to the continent and invested there. The fast growing youth population, the urbanization expected to drive over 50% of Africans to cities by 2050, and…

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Productivity is destiny

Is demography really destiny? Let’s hope not. The last half century has been one of unprecedented economic growth and improving living standards. Average per capita income nearly tripled as the global economy expanded six-fold. Behind those gains were technological innovation, trade liberalization, and the spread of practices that made businesses and governments more efficient. That golden…

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WTO Delivers the Goods

The deadening rituals of global trade negotiations – protocols, ministerials, general councils and the like – might finally yield something good for a world economy that is stuck in neutral. It’s only taken 20 years. The World Trade Organization recently agreed to a long-stalled $1 trillion package of reforms to global customs and border rules. The…

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Kuwait’s Agility sees revenue rebound on emerging markets

(Reuters) – Revenue at Kuwait-listed logistics company Agility (AGLT.KW) is expected to resume growing next year as emerging markets business expands and the company develops new sectors, chief executive Tarek Sultan said. With more than 20,000 employees and over 500 offices in more than 100 countries, Agility is one of Kuwait’s corporate success stories and a play…

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Four ways to create more jobs in the Gulf

Gulf economies are taking bets on the future, spending billions on new airports, bigger ports and more extensive transport networks in order to continue to fuel economic growth. Yet these investments are meaningless in the long-term unless we can develop local manpower – and womanpower – to manage this growth. There are three serious structural…

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Why We Need a WTO Deal

Can the World Trade Organization create growth and jobs? Or are WTO talks just a process that leads to more process? We will know soon. This summer, the WTO was within easy reach of a landmark agreement to simplify cross-border trade. Negotiators called it a win-win for developed and developing nations alike. The idea was…